Although Russia is the largest country in the world and has the eighth-largest GDP, little is widely known about the nation and its culture. Russia often interestingly make international headlines, for its weird facts and thus it's a good idea to know a few things about the country.
1. There are At Least 15 Secret Cities in Russia, the Names and Locations of Which are Unknown
A closed city in Russia is a restricted area where only specific authorized persons can enter. It may be a military, scientific, or nuclear establishment or some border area. Some of the cities are freely accessible to Russian citizens, while others demand a permit from citizens as well. Currently, there are 44 publicly acknowledged closed cities, while another 15 or so closed or “secret” cities still exist with publicly unknown names and locations.
2. There is So Much Traffic in Moscow That Rich People Use Ambulances to Get Around
The traffic conditions in Moscow are so jammed that the rich people hire ambulances to drive them from place to place.
3. There are Some Weird Do’s and Don’ts That Non-Russians Might Not Know
Only children or married people can sit at the corner of the table. If an unmarried person sits on the edge, they will not get married (or be happily married) for 7 years. One has to be careful about the number of flowers in a bouquet because bouquets with even numbers of flowers are only for funerals; odd number of flowers should be given on happy occasions.
There is a superstition that if someone whistles inside the house, it will result in a financial downfall. These are some of the very weird (and interesting!) Russian Taboos.
4. Ziferblat is a Place Where Everything You Eat or Drink is Free Except For The Time You Spend
Ziferblat, meaning “clock face,” is an anti-café that started in September 2011 and now has over 14 branches all around the world. You can comfortably use it as a co-working area or an entertainment venue and can make coffee or cook food. The purpose of Ziferblat is to provide a comfy environment just like home. The owner pays for space and the customers pay for the time.
5. Padlock Trees
Padlock trees can be found in Moscow - couples place them here to prove their love.
6. An Emperor of Russia, Peter III, Hanged a Rat for Chewing His Toy Soldier’s Head
Peter III ruled Russia for 6 months in 1762. In a biography about Peter III, Henri Troyat writes that he loved his toy soldiers so much that he executed a rat that chewed the head of one. For the execution, miniature gallows were constructed and the rat was left hanging for three days in public.
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