Russia: 30 Startling Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 3)



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We really amazed you with our first set of 14 startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia, and now we have finally returned with part three! There is so much more to learn about this astounding and unique country, and our list offers the best of the best facts that you never knew! Don’t forget to check back for our coming final article, part four, to see the remaining top eight startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia!

Number Sixteen: Double the Holiday

Because New Year’s Eve has become so endeared in the hearts of the Russian people, they prefer to celebrate the occasion twice. Every year, and event called “Old New Year’s” is celebrated on January 13th and 14th. However, this day is reserved primarily for family and cultural celebration.

Number Fifteen: Forget Your Keys?

When you leave your home in Russia, make sure you remember your keys! It is considered extremely awful luck to have to return home after you have already left, and many citizens will go so far as to ask a neighbor to go in and retrieve the forgotten articles rather than go back themselves.

Number Fourteen: The Ladies’ Country

This country is vastly inhabited by a majority of women. It is estimated that for every 1,000 men in the country, there is an average of 1,159 women.

Number Thirteen: Emoji’s Gone Wrong

The Russian people have an array of daily idiosyncrasies diverse from our own, including the mechanics of writing emoji’s. In fact, they don’t use emoji’s at all. They just add parenthesis to the end of their texts to show that they like it- the more parenthesis, the happier they are.

Number Twelve: Russia’s Jelly-Meat

This country has an array of delicious and unique cuisines, and also some dishes that we wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. For example, a popular way to dine on meats in Russia is in the form of “holodets”, otherwise known as meat in salty gelatin.

Number Eleven: Lose It or Gain It- It’s All the Same

Possibly from the ancient concept that to be fat was healthier than being fit, the Russian language doesn’t like to specify between the two. As confusing as it can be to understand, the Russian word to express “getting healthier” is literally the same term to describe “getting fatter”.

Number Ten: Asia in Russia

Despite the country’s European placement, the majority of Russia is actually found in Asia. Roughly 75% of its entire territory, to be exact. However, 78% of the Russian people still overpopulate western Russia.

Number Nine: The Place for Forests

In the way of fun facts about the Russian territories, the land is largely consumed by forests. In global terms, Russian forests account for as much as 20% of all forested lands of the world. Don’t forget to check back for our coming final article, part four, to see the remaining top eight startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia!

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