Sunday, May 20th, 2007
Today I Am…
…en route to Prague.
Did you know…
…The word “robot” comes from the Czech language (robota = “work”, “hard work” in some dialects) and was first introduced in Karel Capek’s science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots).
…The soft contact lens was invented in Czechoslovakia by professor Otto Wichterle in 1961.
…The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the highest density of castles in the world.
…Czech astronomers have named an asteroid “Dominik” after Dominik Hasek to thank the goalie for his contribution in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
…The Czechs are the #1 beer drinking nation in the world, consuming the most beer per capita in the world (160 liters or 43 gallons). They have been drinking beer since at least 900 A.D.
…The Academy Award winning film director Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hair, Ragtime, Valmont, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon) was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the USA in 1968.
I am also wishing Mike and Rhonda a happy wedding day. Congratulations from Prague!