Category: People

Methuselah Prague

The Day I Met Methuselah

On my way home I overtook that old man who was walking at quite a remarkable speed. Then I noticed his shirt. It says “paměť národa”, literally: “Memory of the nation”. It clearly refers...

Without Pants in the Prague Metro

Prague has once more joined the No Pants Subway Ride. On 8 January 2017, freezing temperatures could not stop the handful of enthusiasts from taking the cold ride on the metro, starting from the...

Andrej Babis, Bitcoin

“Nobody Uses Bitcoin”

The current Czech Finance Minister and boss of Agrofert and several media outlets, Andrej Babiš, was derided on a wall in Holešovice for his apparent (or pretended) ignorance about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin: I am...

The Lightweight Czech Sumo Wrestler

Ever heard of the sumo wrestler Takanoyama Shuntaro? His actual name is Pavel Bojar and he is from Prague. Due to his low weight of 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st) and his inability to put on...

Franz Kafka Monument Prague

7 Weird Facts About Kafka

1. Kafka was a vegetarian and took interest in gardening Kafka was a vegetarian for health and ethical reasons. But: Although Kafka wrote the short story A Hunger Artist, he was not actually malnourished....

Vacuum Cleaner Box in Prague

New Urban Blog: Shit v Libni

I fully agree with Brad, the author of the blog Shit v Libni. In some places, the amount of trash and dog shit in the streets simply exceeds all limits. Brad is now trying...

What is a “Fíra”?

Maybe not what you think. In the “railway slang” it means “metro driver”, as you can read on this job advertisement.

One Black Tea With Milk … Jardo, pojď sem!

Great campaign! I have experienced that so many times.

For the bonus laugh: Turn on the auto-generated subtitles.

If you speak some Czech, you might have noticed that Czechs sometimes address Vietnamese informally while they, on the other hand, naturally expect to be addressed formally.

(Almost) Free Drinks From a Shaman and a Dreamer

A new crowdfunding project seeks to open a café where you pay by time spent at the place, rather than for what you consume. “Africa Café” is a particularly ambitious project in a land...

The Homeless Millionaire

František Václavek is probably one of the world’s few homeless millionaires – not because of the weak Czech currency but because his legitimate property is still to be released by the authorities. Four years...

Do-It-Yourself Public Transport

On Tuesday, passengers lent a hand to push-start their tram. The train (model Škoda 15T, weighing 42 metric tons) had stopped exactly at a dead point between two overhead wires.  

The Curious Case of Dr. Dysentery

Something really funny from the history of medicine. This is how it happened: In 1887, the pathologist Dr. Jaroslav Hlava writes an article with the title O úplavici – předběžné sdělení, in English: On...