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.
Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by the Germans in 1942 and he crash landed in enemy territory. Both his legs were severely mangled, but he managed to get himself to friendly turf after crawling for 18 days in snow. His legs had to be amputated below the knee. He got himself on crutches and prosthetics and within a year danced in front of a judge to prove he was battle ready. He then went on to fly 86 combat missions and took out 11 enemy warplanes.
The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.