(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Those pesky Russians are making the news again. First it was Georgia, then the Ukraine, and now Syria.

There are alleged reports that Russian hacker took a shot at Hillary Clinton’s private server at least five times.

You do have to give them “E” for effort. Here are a few fun faces about this unusual country and it’s people.

Fun Facts About Russia

  • While Pluto is no longer considered a planet a second slap in the face — Russia is bigger.
  • Seventy percent of Russia consists of Siberia.
  • Russians did not consider beer to be alcohol until 2013. That might explain the next two tidbits of info.
  • Each Russian citizen consumes 4.8 gallons of booze per year. Twice the amount experts say is dangerous. If you lived in Russia what would you do?
  • All that alcohol results in half a million deaths per year from booze and 25 percent of Russians are dead by age 55 due to Vodka.
  • Russia needs some eHarmony franchises. There are 9 million more women than men.
  • Next to Canada and Mexico, Russia is the next closest country. Less than 4,000 miles away. Closer than Hawaii.
  • No gays allowed in Russia. In fact it’s actually illegal to tell kids that gay people even exist. No wedding cake for you.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (“19 Kids and Counting”) are pickers compared to the Russian woman who gave birth to 69 children in 40 years with the same husband. She had sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.
  • The Russian Olympic team traveled to London for the 1908 games. Unfortunately they were 12 days late since they had not started using the Gregorian calendar yet. What a difference a day makes.
  • Where did Alaska come from? We bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867. I bet they thought we were really dumb until they found out about the $24 Manhattan thing.
  • Can plants be regenerated from old seeds? Russians did it with seeds that were estimated to be 32,000 years old. No info on whether you can smoke them or not.
  • Apparently Russia and Japan both seem to think the Kuril Islands belong to them. As a result neither has signed the World War II peace treaty. The beat goes on.

Some Final Thoughts

Only in Russia would they use cats to guard valuable artwork against mice or rats. And what other country would arrest you for driving a dirty car?

I suppose we have some weird laws too but you have to admit they are a pretty quirky country.

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