So, in Star Trek: The Original Series, the character Pavel Chekov was introduced in the second season. Among his quirks is claiming that a whole bunch of things were invented in Russia. For a small sampling from that page:
- He claimed that the old Earth saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," was invented in Russia. (TOS: "Friday's Child")
- He claimed that the English story about the Cheshire Cat was a Russian story about a disappearing cat from Minsk. (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")
- He claimed that the Garden of Eden was located just outside Moscow. He claimed that it was "a very nice place" and that "it must've made Adam and Eve very sad to leave." Which Kirk sarcastically responded with "Just..outside Moscow, all right" (TOS: "The Apple")
Is there any evidence that Chekov actually believes all his claims1, or was he intentionally messing with the rest of the crew?
1Minus the sarcastic "tsar of all the Russias" to Apollo.