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Canadian Czech-Slovak Benevolent Association
ince 1913

DID YOU KNOW? ........that Czech astronomers have named an asteroid "Dominik" after Dominik Hasek to thank the goalie for his contribution in the 1998 Winter Olympics?

...that the soft contact lens was invented in Czechoslovakia by professor Otto Wichterle in 1961?

...that Sigmund Freud was born in and spent the first years of his life in what is now the Czech Republic?

DID YOU KNOW?.....that the word "robot" comes from the Czech language ("robota" = "work", "hard work" in some dialects) and was first introduced in Josef and Karel Capek's science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)?

..that the sugar cube was invented in the Czech town Dacice in 1843?

The Czechs have been drinking beer since time immemorial. The secret of Czech beer is that agricultural conditions are ideal for growing hops, and chronicles establish their cultivation in Bohemia as early as 859 A.D., while the first evidence of their export dates back to 903. Bohemian hops were so prized that King Wenceslas ordered the death penalty for anyone caught exporting the cuttings, from which new plants could be grown.

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