A ten-year-old Czech girl has made headlines with her ability to talk backwards. Czechs have taken a fancy to sponsoring animals at the zoo. And Speaker’s Corner at Palacký Sqaure is giving Prague City Hall a headache. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.
A ten-year-old Czech girl has made headlines with her ability to talk backwards. Vanda Dubská has been mastering the art since she was five years old and is now considered to be a pro at something many children try out for fun but soon lose interest in. Last week Vanda decided to establish her primacy and set an official record, turning a text containing 932 letters back-to-front in five minutes thirty two seconds flat. Surrounded by TV cameras, she promptly said the sentences backward as soon as they were read out to her. The kid has just one problem: there aren’t many people to talk to – backwards.
Europe’s blue blood headed for Karlovy Vary last weekend for the 12th annual get-together of the European nobility. Over six hundred members of the old nobility assembled at the famous West Bohemian spa town for what is a rare opportunity to see members of their extensive families – scattered around Europe - under one roof. This year’s get-together coincided with the 650th anniversary of the town’s founding, on the occasion of which the town organized an exposition documenting visits to Karlovy Vary by royalty and famous people over the years. This proved a huge success because members of Europe’s nobility could trace their own family history, finding photos and documents of visits made to Karlovy Vary by their ancestors. As usual the highlight of the event was the Spring Ball which starts at six in the evening and ends at 5am. Similar get-togethers of Europe’s nobility take place in Vienna, Munich, Paris and Munster.
Czech scientists at the Technical University of Liberec have significantly contributed to the fight against pirated goods, namely clothes. They invented the so called Permetest – an instrument that is capable of testing the water-vapour permeability of any given material. Within a matter of seconds this gadget is capable of detecting a fake product. Quality clothes by renowned firms have a high water-vapour permeability to keep the wearer feeling cool, dry and comfortable. On the other hand, fake goods are usually made of second-rate textiles which leave one feeling either cold or sweaty. The Permetest is already being used in twenty-two countries of the world to detect fakes but its inventors are still waiting to get a pat on the back from their native country. Although the Czech Republic has a serious problem with pirated goods for some reason the Czech authorities have yet to show an interest in this invention.
It has been described as the smallest gallery in the world – and it is so small that if you want to visit it you have to crawl in on all fours and view most of the exhibits in a horizontal position. The organizers have kindly provided a mattress and pillows to make it comfortable. On display are 54 caricatures of famous people by Lubomír Vaněk who recently wowed the crowd by drawing 382 caricatures in the space of three hours. He claims he can even draw a caricature underwater. So why is his work in such a tiny space? The Pelhřimov Museum of Records and Curiosities, which organized the exhibition, says the answer is simple – just for the fun of it.