Czechoslovakia split up against the wishes of its people: "only 37% of Slovaks and 36% of Czechs favoured dissolution" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Joan of Arc wanted to fight the Hussites, a Czech-based Christian sect deemed "heretical" by the Catholic Church. In a letter to the Hussites, she said that were she not busy fighting the English, she would march to Bohemia to relieve the Hussites "of either their heresy or their lives." archive.joan-of-arc.org/j…
In the Czech Republic denial of communist-perpetrated atrocities is illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
The country dial-code of the Czech Republic is 420 and the rate of cannabis use there is one of the highest in the world. In 2016, Snoop Dogg was a contestant on The $100,000 Pyramid, and replied without delay that the country code for the Czech Republic is 420. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420…
Today I learned of Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Dominions. From 1740 till her death in 1780 she was was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia,The Austrian Netherlands and Parma. The Czech town of Terezin is named after her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
"Robot" is derived from a Czech word for the forced labor of serfs. npr.org/2011/04/22/135634…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
Actor Crispin Glover, most famous as George McFly, lives in a 400 year old, 17-bedroom, 20-acre estate in Konarovice, Czech Republic that he has lovingly restored. architecturaldigest.com/s…
β€œBudweiser” was originally the German name for beer brewed in the Czech town of ČeskΓ© BudΔ›jovice (German: Budweis). Anheuser-Busch stole the name for its American brew, and the breweries have been in trademark battles ever since. If you order a Budweiser in the EU, you get the Czech brew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Despite being land locked countries, a Czech-Austrian inventor was the first to use a screw type propeller to power a ship. His ship, Civetta of 48 gross register tons, reached a speed of about 6 knots (11 km/h). This was the first ship successfully driven by an Archimedes screw-type propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The song we commonly associate with clowns and a circus wasn't originally intended to be used that way. 'Grande Marche Chromatique' (Entrance of the Gladiators) was composed by Czech composer Julius Fučík and the piece was supposed to demonstrate the ability of modern brass instruments. musictales.club/article/e…
In 1950 a Czech mechanic found a wrecked German AFV from WWII and rebuilt it to smash through the Iron Curtain and apply for US Citizenship. historyisnowmagazine.com/…
The 1973 Czech film "Three Wishes for Cinderella" is so popular in Norway that the Norwegian government financed a HD digital restoration of it in 2015. regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt…
Czech Republic has "Babyboxes" which allow anonymous abandonment of unwanted babies livingprague.com/inspirat…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Czech Republic is the most non-religious country in the world (75% of pop.). The number of "convinced atheists" in the population (as of 2015) is 30%, surpassing even China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
November 17th is International Students' Day, commemorating the Czech universities which were stormed by Nazis in 1939 and the students who were subsequently killed and sent to concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Czech doctors successfully delivered a baby girl 117 days after her mother had suffered a severe stroke and became brain dead. After delivery, they disconnected the mother’s life support. reuters.com/article/us-cz…
During a 2011 census for the Czech Republic, 11,000 people listed their religion as "Knights of the Jedi" businessinsider.com/czech…
Today I learned about Czech photographer Miroslav Tichy who constructed his own cameras from cardboard, tin cans and other crude stuff and was shooting most of his subject unaware and now he is famous for his purposely bad photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
In 1999, Philip Morris attempted to convince the government of the Czech Republic that smoking was highly beneficial to the country, as more people would die earlier as a result, thus letting the government save millions on pensions, hospitals, and housing for elderly citizens. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1999, multinational cigarette company Philip Morris attempted to convince the Czech Republic that smoking was highly beneficial to the country's economy, as more people would die earlier, hence allowing the government to save millions on health-care, pension and public-housing. edition.cnn.com/2001/BUSI…
47% of wild boars in the Czech Republic are radioactive. reuters.com/article/us-cz…
The word dollar comes from the word Thaler, one of the large silver coins minted by the Holy Roman Empire, originally minted in the modern day Czech Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Czechia (the Czech Republic) consumes more beer per capita than any other country in the world with an average of 161 liters per person each year. bbc.com/travel/story/2011…
Today I learned of Vedem, a Czech-language magazine produced in 1942 by boys aged 13-16 imprisoned at the TerezΓ­n concentration camp. The magazine featured things like poems, drawings, essays, and reviews, and was manually copied and distributed around. Around 800 original Vedem pages survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ved…
Some guys in the Czech Republic figured out how to broadcast data in beams of light capable of streaming DVD-quality video over neighbourhoods.( 10 Mbit/s full duplex Ethernet point-to-point link.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RON…
Pilsner beer is from the city of Pilsen, Czech Republic. The city has been brewing beer since 1295 AD and Pilsner is regarded as the world's first pale lager. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
Milada HorΓ‘kovΓ‘ was a Czech politician who helped people flee the Nazi and Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia. She was executed for treason in 1950 just to have her verdict reversed 18 years later and receive multiple rewards for her heroic work globaloutlooknews.org/pos…
The word robot comes from a Czech word for forced labor. The word was first coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play about manufactured humans rising up against their creators. The play first ran in 1920, the year Isaac Asimov was born. sciencefriday.com/segment…
During the D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan, the two surrendering "Germans," killed by American soldiers, were saying in Czech: "Please don't shoot me! I'm not German, I'm Czech, I didn't kill anyone!" The American soldiers jokingly translate it as "Look, I washed for supper!" independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In the 1400’s to the 1600’s the people of the Czech Republic protested corrupt politicians by throwing people out of windows, an act known as Defenestrations of Prague(the capital city of Czech.) czechcenter.org/blog/2019…
The Czech Republic now goes by Czechia go-czechia.com
Today I learned about JΓ‘ra "The Master" Cimrman, a noted playwright, educator, inventor, and philosopher. Cimrman was voted "The Greatest Czech" in a national contest until he was disqualified for being fictional. Created on a radio show in 1966 to criticize the Communist government, he's become a folk hero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JΓ‘r…
When Czechoslovakia split, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also split the national anthem - each country got one verse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kde…
The earliest known sources of uranium were in Naples, Italy & JΓ‘chymov, Czech Republic. Uranium is 40 times more abundant in the Earth's crust than silver. 1 KG of uranium-235 can produce as much energy as 1.5 million KG of coal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
More high-ranking Nazi officers died in the Czechoslovakian car Tatra 77a and 87 than in active combat, prompting Hitler to ban his officers from driving them. It was nicknamed the "Czech secret weapon" by the Allied forces. telegraph.co.uk/culture/h…
Today I learned of a 91 year old Czech granny, "street artist" (AneΕΎka KaΕ‘pΓ‘rkovΓ‘), who paints beautiful murals, with traditional Moravian motifs, on the sides of houses and churches. tresbohemes.com/2017/03/s…
Sobering-up station was invented by Czech psychiatrist Jaroslav SkΓ‘la in 1951 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
Today I learned about Bohumil Hrabal, a Czech author who wrote not one but two novels that consisted entirely of a single sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent American combat troops to Russia during the Russian Revolution to protect arms meant for the newly-collapsed Eastern Front, as well as to rescue 56,000 Czech soldiers allied with the Triple Entente who became stranded along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic was originally going to be named Fred and Ginger since the building resembles a pair of dancers but the idea was discarded as the architect was "afraid to import American Hollywood kitsch to Prague". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Deer in the Czech Republic don’t cross into Germany, following the example of parents who learned to avoid the electrified fence there during the Cold War. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
In the Czech and Slovak Language you can create an entire sentence without a single vowel in it: "Strč prst skrz krk" meaning "Stick a finger through your throat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
"Nguyen," the most common Vietnamese surname, is the 9th most common surname in the Czech Republic/Czechia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
The word "robot" was coined for a 1920 Czech play about a robot rebellion (which ends poorly for the human race). The word comes from the Czech "robota" meaning "forced labor". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.U…
In some countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, and parts of Hungary) there is a traditional Easter Whipping. Men spank women with special handmade whips on Easter Monday. If men arrive at women's houses after 12:00, women throw a bucket of cold water on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The Czech Republic changed its English name to Czechia in 2016 bbc.com/news/world-europe…
There is a school of thought that credits legendary Czech author Franz Kafka with the development of the civilian hard hat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Tatra (a Czech car manufacturer) collaborated on a supercar called the MTX Tatra V8 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTX…

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