Posts Tagged “Russia”

What Are Russia’s Closed Cities?

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Perm, Russia

FACT OF THE DAY: Russia’s closed cities were literally cities that were “closed”. Only certain residents were allowed to enter. They wouldn’t show up on maps (not till 1993). If you were allowed to enter them, you had to keep it a secret. Trains and bus routes would not go to these cities. These cities were created in order to hide Russia’s research and work for their nuclear weapons program.

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The 13 Mile Museum in Russia

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winter palace and hermitage museum

FACT OF THE DAY:  The State Hermitage Museum is a 22 km (about 13.5 miles) art museum located in St. Petersburg, Russia. It consists of five interconnected buildings and has a total of 1,057 rooms. It has been open to the public since 1852.

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The Price for Alaska

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Mount Deception in Alaska

FACT OF THE DAY:   On March 30, 1867, the United States agreed to a deal with Russia. The Treaty of Russia was signed and made official. As part of this treaty, the US agreed to purchase the area known as Alaska for the price of $7.2 million.

 

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Russia and Japan Are Still At War

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Russia and Japan

FACT OF THE DAY:  Russia and Japan are still at war! Officially. That is, at least on paper. Sort of. It turns out that the countries of Russia and Japan never signed the peace treaty at the end of World War II. While the two countries at not currently fighting, officially speaking they are still at war.

 

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Why Aren’t There Narwhals in Captivity?

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Narwhals

FACT OF THE DAY:  Narwhals are medium sized whales that have a long tusk. They are arctic animals that can be found around Greenland, Canada, and Russia.  What is one place where you will not find these unicorns of the sea? In captivity. Narwhals are not able to survive in captivity. It has been attempted and they have not survived. If allowed to roam free, they can live to be up to 100 years old.

 

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Inspiration for Shrek

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Maurice Tillet

FACT OF THE DAY:  Everybody loves Shrek, the green ogre who teams up with Donkey to rescue Princess Fiona. Mike Myers provided the voice for the Dreamworks money maker but who inspired the look?

The answer is Maurice Tillet (pictured). A Frenchman born in Russia, Tillet was a professional wrestling star in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

 

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When Is Beer Not Alcohol?

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Close up of Russian beer bottle tops

FACT OF THE DAY: When is beer not considered alcohol? When you live in Russia, and it’s before 2013. It wasn’t until the year 2013 that Russia officially classified beer as an alcoholic drink.

Before 2013, any beverage that contained less than 10% alcohol was not considered an ‘alcoholic drink’ in the former Soviet Union country. For many, it was simply regarded as a soft drink or just food stuff.

 

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Van Gogh Only Sold One Painting

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Van Gogh's Red Vineyard at Arles Painting

Famed Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Willem van Gogh only sold one painting… during his lifetime. During his 37 years of life, van Gogh produced over 850 paintings and some 1,100 drawings and sketches. What makes this number more impressive is that he did not start painting until he was around 27 year old.

While many of his paintings and artwork have now been sold, he was only around to witness the official sale of one, the Red Vineyard at Arles (pictured above). It was purchased in 1890 for 400 Francs by Anna Boch. It can be currently found in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.

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