Prague Holds a Massive Dinner to Celebrate Summer
The city of Prague in the Czech Republic held a huge open-air dinner last Tuesday to celebrate summer and the relaxing of coronavirus lockdown rules. A group called Pianos in the Streets organized the meal.
The group set up a 550-yard (500 meter) table crossing the city’s famous Charles Bridge and invited people to reserve their seats online. In less than 40 seconds, all of the seats had been reserved. People were asked to bring their own food and drinks, and hundreds of people did.
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The Czech Republic is eager to encourage tourists to visit the country now that travel rules have been relaxed. Prague’s mayor said, “We need to send the world a symbol that we live again.”
Though the number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic has gone up in recent days, during its lockdown, the country did a good job of getting the virus under control.
“Finger on the App” Contest Ends Early With Four Winners
A company called MSCHF teamed up with a YouTube star to create an unusual contest called “Finger on the App”.
YouTube star Jimmy Donaldson, also known as “MrBeast”, worked with MSCHF to create a game as simple as it was challenging. All users had to do was download the app, wait for the game to begin, and then keep their finger on the app longer than anyone else.
The game was set up to handle millions of players and designed so that people had to pay attention to the app. Every few minutes the app would tell users to move their fingers to a new location on the screen.
The prize for winning the contest was $25,000 – or possibly nothing. That’s because of a special contest rule: everyone who lost the contest was allowed to vote for how much money the winner should get. The winner would only earn the average of the amounts chosen by the people who lost.
The game began on June 30 and didn’t end until more than 70 hours later, when Mr. Donaldson ended the contest early, giving each of the four remaining players a reward of $20,000. He also gave the winners a bit of advice: “Go to sleep!”
Berlin Transportation Company Wants Smelly Riders
Because of the coronavirus, riders on public transportation in Germany are required to wear face masks. Though most people follow the rules, some people aren’t wearing their masks correctly. They’re only covering their mouths, but leaving their noses uncovered.
Now the Berlin transportation company BVG thinks it may have found a solution for that problem – smelly riders. On Wednesday, BVG made posts on social media sites encouraging riders NOT to use deodorant under their arms. The company is hoping that if the body smells on the bus are strong enough, even lazy mask wearers will have a good reason to cover their noses.
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Though the posts were made partly as a joke, it could have an effect. Over 10,000 people have seen and “liked” the posts, which helps spread the word about how important it is to correctly wear a mask to limit the spread of the coronavirus.