Just before his first flight into space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin stopped on his busride out to the launch pad to, well, pee on the side of the bus. It’s a long flight and well, when you gotta go, you gotta go. Subsequent cosmonauts did the same before their flight because Gagarin did it and soon enough peeing on the side of the bus became as traditional to Soviet/Russian spaceflight as vodka, asking Gagarin’s ghost for permission to fly, and viewings of White Sun of the Desert.

Thanks to Russian GQ (and English Russia) this mysterious tradition comes to light:


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2 Responses to Poyekhali!

  1. Jason says:

    Hmm, I wonder if my boss would mind if I started peeing on the side of the building before I came in. I could claim it would help my work quality and bring in good luck.

  2. Nicholas Corwin says:

    My old man, having served in the Army during World War II, imparted this very sage advice to me when I was still knee-high to a grasshopper:

    Always go whenever you can.

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