The city of Sochi, Russia erected a fish statue costing about $3,800 in honor of the gambusia (aka the “mosquito fish”). In the early 1900s, the fish species were purposefully introduced to the area to fight the infestation of malarial mosquitos, and it worked. There have been no cases of malaria among Sochi residents for over 60 years. (source)
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Russian cosmonauts pee on the rear bus tire before a space launch. The tradition was started by Yuri Gagarin who did it out of necessity and Russians have since emulated him. Female cosmonauts bring along their urine in vials ready to dump on the tire so they can be part of tradition too.
In 2018, the Domino’s in Russia offered up to 100 free pizzas every year for 100 years if a customer got the Domino’s logo tattooed visibly on their body. Initially intended to last a month the promotion proved to be so popular Domino’s ended it after a week with 350 accepted winners.
In 2007, Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic’s potential natural resources. “This isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. “You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, ‘We’re claiming this territory.’
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Two brothers from a set of triplets fooled prison authorities in Russia when one brother swapped places with the other to give him a brief taste of freedom. Rather than returning, the freed brother ran off with his brother’s girlfriend. It took years for the authorities to realize they had been duped.
A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days.
US Air Force seriously considered and researched Nuking the Moon as a show of force after Russia launched Sputnik, but scrapped it as they felt landing on it would be better received by the public.
In Russia, there is a monument to honor laboratory mice that have lost their lives furthering scientific research.
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In the late 1800s, an arms dealer sold a steam-powered submarine to the Greeks, then convinced the Turks that it posed a threat, and sold them two. He then persuaded the Russians to buy two more. But none of them were used in combat, because they didn’t work.