This week, a Prague microbrewery makes a new beer from an unusual ingredient: potatoes. What's causing a commotion in Czech kitchens, if it isn't washing machines? Prague's woods can't cope with the number of people using them for recreation, while ramblers shouldn't be too surprised if they see hedgehogs with antennas sticking out of their backs. And the innovative 1960s "automatic cinema" is to be revived.
People around Europe are agreed that the kitchen is the noisiest room in the house, though there are considerable differences around the continent in terms of what causes that noise, according to a survey carried out by electronics manufacturer Electrolux. In the United Kingdom almost three quarters of respondents had a washing machine in their kitchen - that's why for them it's the noisiest room. But only 5.5 percent of Czechs have washing machines in theirs. So what is causing the commotion? Well, there is one area in which Czechs were above average in the survey: apparently 20 percent say they have sex in the kitchen at least once a week, an Electrolux spokesperson said. That's compared to 13 percent around Europe.
The Devil's Bible is not - as the name might suggest - some satanic text used by practitioners of black magic. It is in fact a regular Bible whose name was inspired by a rather striking illustration of the devil on its front cover. It was written at the beginning of the 13th century by Benedictine monks here in Bohemia but was later stolen by Swedish invaders during the Thirty Years War in the 17th century. That explains its the current whereabouts at Sweden's Royal Library in the capital Stockholm. It was announced this week, however, that the Devil's Bible is finally to return to Prague for the first time in 359 years. At least it's coming home temporarily, the Swedes have agreed to loan it to the Czech National Library, where the valuable medieval manuscript will be on show from September to January.
One of the most memorable chapters of the New Wave of Czech film in the 1960s was the presentation of the world's first interactive film as Czechoslovakia's contribution to the 1967 Expo world fair in Montreal. Those who attended the "kinoautomat" screenings could vote, using buttons on their chairs, on what would happen next at key moments in the picture. It has just been reported that next month, exactly forty years later, the kinoautomat concept is being revived with a one-off screening at a Prague cinema. Alena Cincerova, whose father Raduz Cincera was behind the original idea, is involved in the anniversary screening and said she was curious how today's viewers would take to the idea. By the way, one interesting aspect of the original 1967 kinoautomat was that Miroslav Hornicek appeared on stage in Montreal as character Mr Novak to speak directly to viewers before they chose how they wanted the film to continue. The popular late actor couldn't speak English, but gamely learned all he needed to say phonetically.
Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek is one of the most recognisable faces in the Czech Republic, with his image appearing countless times in the print media and on the internet every day. Now Mr Topolanek's countenance has appeared - bearing a broad grin - on special toilet paper, which will no doubt appeal to those who don't support his Civic Democratic Party. The joke loo roll is on sale at Prague's Kotva department store. A sales assistant told Blesk newspaper they had also stocked toilet paper bearing the visage of opposition leader Jiri Paroubek, but it quickly sold out.