In many countries around the world, the question “How are you?” is part of polite small talk and will typically earn the asker a quick, one-word response. Although you better think twice before asking that question in Russia.
Asking a Russian “How are you?” means you are really interested, and they will tell you exactly how they are, at length and in detail. It is actually considered rude in Russia to answer the question with just a “fine” or a “good.”
Russians are Taught Not to Smile
Russia regularly takes first place when it comes to being the World’s Least Friendly country. Apparently, Russians are taught not to smile in school.
But despite this, most Russians are friendly and willing to help and will even assist tourists when they can.
The 439-meter-long SkyBridge lies 207 meters above the Krasnaya Polyana valley and forms part of the Sochi SkyPark, located to the northeast of this year's Winter Olympic host city.
The footbridge, which opened in the summer, also includes observation platforms that offer scenic views of the encompassing mountains and the Black Sea coast. At the same time, the most adventurous visitors can bungee jump from an observation deck halfway across.
A Long History with Helicopters
Although the very first helicopter was actually built by a Frenchman by the name Etienne Oehmichen, it was only capable of flying for one kilometer. It took Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky to modernize the flying machine and allow it to fly for longer distances.
Sikorsky also invented a type of helicopter in 1910, more than ten years before Oehmichen, but he took it apart for parts only a year later, when he realized it was never going to fly. In 1940, three decades later, he designed the VS-300 model, which he managed to test successfully. Its technology has been the basis for the vast majority of helicopters that have been manufactured since.
Creatures of the Deep
This enormous country has plenty of fascinating animal specimens. Deep-sea fisherman Roman Fedortsov has become quite famous in the last few years, sharing his strange and interesting catches with the world on Twitter.
It doesn’t sound all that exciting, right? Well, wait until you see the fish he found; they would fit right into a scary movie or your nightmares. Fedortsov has even discovered whole new species, including sharks, sea spiders, and fish with incredibly sharp teeth.