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Old 18 February 2014, 02:07 PM
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Ponder 10 bizarre facts about Russia you probably didnít know

Here are 10 bizarre facts about the country of Russia that you probably did not know.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/17/10...now-slideshow/

I have posted this as a sort of Snopester treasure hunt, as several of these sound rather ULish to me. I have confirmed the 'larger surface than Pluto' one, although there can be some doubt about the actual difference in size, since with Pluto's non-sphericity, the surface area may be greater than a similarly-massive sphere would otherwise be.
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Old 18 February 2014, 02:41 PM
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I've heard that one about the submarines and Pepsi before - although it may not have been Pepsi that time, I can't remember. (It may not have been Russia either...) They were supposedly surplus that the country was trying to use to pay off a debt, but the claimed value wasn't accepted and so the offer was rejected, or something.

(Obviously I'm not offering my vague recollections as proof - although I'm sure you'd all accept them as such anyway - but it does contribute to the UL-like nature of this).

(eta) That last one is the plot of Doctor Strangelove, surely?
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Old 18 February 2014, 02:43 PM
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verkhoyansk#Climate

I decided to check up on the average temperature of Verkoyansk

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Verkoyansk, Russia has a population of 1,311 people and an average temperature of -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Livestock and horses in the town were attacked by a pack of 400 wolves in 2011. The sun currently rises at 2 p.m. and sets at 3:30 pm.
Although it is cold, the average low for only one month is -50F. The average mean temperature for the year is just 6F.

But the average temperature is far from -50F.
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Old 18 February 2014, 02:45 PM
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I wasn't sure whether that one was even meant to be a bizarre fact, or just background to something. The sun "currently" rises and sets at those times? So this fact would be current for what, two days a year? And how is that any more bizarre than anywhere else at a latitude sufficiently far north or south?
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Old 18 February 2014, 03:36 PM
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I wasn't sure whether that one was even meant to be a bizarre fact, or just background to something. The sun "currently" rises and sets at those times? So this fact would be current for what, two days a year? And how is that any more bizarre than anywhere else at a latitude sufficiently far north or south?
At the North pole, the sun won't rise for another 46 days!
Wooooohhh!!! Bizarre!
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Old 18 February 2014, 05:11 PM
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I wasn't sure whether that one was even meant to be a bizarre fact, or just background to something. The sun "currently" rises and sets at those times? So this fact would be current for what, two days a year? And how is that any more bizarre than anywhere else at a latitude sufficiently far north or south?
Not too many people live at those latitudes.
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Not that far south, certainly - but it's not outstandingly far north. Obviously there aren't many places as far north as that, but it's not even in the Arctic Circle. ((eta) Sorry, yes it is.) It doesn't even make the table in Wikipedia as far as northernmost towns go, and there are plenty of places further north in Russia. Even Murmansk is further north, which is a sizeable city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northe...ties_and_towns

I wouldn't say that was a "bizarre fact" about it. Maybe the bizarre fact was about the wolves, and a mis-statement of how cold it was.
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There was a NYTImes article from 1989 about the submarines, but I can't get it to open (google pepsi russia submarine). There is another LA Times article about Pepsi trading Pepsi to Russia for 10 ships (and vodka) in 1990.
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