Running Europe in 60 days
ULTRA marathon runner Jozef Rajchl will try to run across 15 European states in 60 days.
The runner has trained intensively, covering 40 kilometres per day every working day and 80 kilometres each Saturday and Sunday in the weeks prior to the ultra run, the SITA news agency reported.
Rajchl will attempt a new Guinness record, starting on June 15 at 9:00 in Helsinki, Finland.
He will run a total of 4,850 kilometres, covering 90 kilometres per day. He will run at nights and avoid areas of heavy traffic such as large cities for safety reasons.
Although the ultra run is a one-man event, volunteers will be allowed to join Rajchl along the way.
"This project is unprecedented in the history of Slovak sports," said František Chmelár, the president of the Slovak Olympic Committee.
Around 80 percent of the track surface will be asphalt, which increases the impact on bones, joints and sinews.
"To recover I will stretch. If I run around nine hours per day, I'll need to stretch for about two hours after each 20 kilometres," Rajchl told the SITA news agency.
From Finland, Rajchl will run through Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. From there he will move on to Austria, then Hungary and back through Austria to Italy.
He will then head to France, Monaco and Andorra, finishing off in Tarifa in Spain.
Apart from running for the Guinness record, the aim of the event is to promote athletics and Slovakia.
STV profits from SuperStar
SLOVAKIA is Looking for a SuperStar earned a Sk4.5 million (€117,800) profit for public broadcaster Slovak Television (STV), the Hospodárske noviny daily wrote.
According to Branislav Záhradník, a member of the STV management, expenditures for the show reached Sk100.7 million (€2.6 million) and the revenues were Sk105.2 million (€2.8 million).
STV has come under much criticism from the artistic community recently for being too commercial. Others suggest that the station's competitors are actually behind the criticism because of sour grapes over losing advertising revenue to STV.
STV says that it will invest the profits from SuperStar into creating original programmes.
Chicken born with four legs
A four-legged chicken was born at the farm of Mária Lubušká in Sklené Teplice.
Eleven chickens were born on the same day as the four-legged fowl and at first Lubušká did not notice anything unusual, the daily SME reported.
A few days later however, she was watching the chickens in her yard and noticed that one of them was walking as if it had a broken leg. Her son Tibor took a closer look and realized that the chicken's leg was not broken. But as he was caressing the creature, he discovered a third leg under the fluffy feathers and then, lo and behold, a fourth!
The chicken walks on only two legs and holds the other two at the back of its body as if they were oars, the daily wrote.
"Otherwise it is just like its siblings. It likes to eat and has a big appetite. It runs around the yard all day with the other chickens," said Lubušká.
She added that some people have advised her to get rid of the unusual fowl.
"I did not want to. The poor chicken cannot be blamed for how it was born. It's very amiable," she said.
Her son thinks that there must have been two egg yolks in the egg "but instead of two chickens only one was born" he said.
Miroslav Saniga from the Slovak Academy of Science's Institute of Forest Ecology, said the four-legged chicken could be the result of a genetic abnormality.
Similar cases attract attention around the world. Some time ago the media reported two other unusual cases - a five-legged calf that was born in Smolensk in Russia and a five-legged frog that was discovered in the US state of Minnesota.
DISGRUNTLED pensioner Juraj Výbošťok forced the local football team to change grounds.
photo: SME - Ján Krošlák
Crops grown on football pitch
THE VILLAGE of Stožok has now found a new field on which to play football. For more than six months, the town was without a football pitch after 71-year-old Juraj Výbošťok ploughed the field and banned footballers from entering.
"We had to abandon the whole ground because the owner ploughed the field and sowed crops in the spring," village Mayor Jana Klimová told the SME daily.
The pitch, owned by Výboštek, was situated right next door to his house. Výbošťok got angry when footballs flew into his garden and said it had become impossible to live next door to the football field. When the municipality refused to pay him the asking price of Sk2 million (€52,000), Výbošťok decided to plant potatoes and wheat on the football field.
MC ZUZANA Belohorcová, a la Pamela Anderson (centre), surrounded by more beauties in red swimsuits, opened the Trenčianske Teplice Art Film festival June 21, with a Baywatch Beach Party. Belohorcová, who in contrast to her colleagues wore white, laughed at being compared with the American sex-bomb. "Me, a Pamela? I don't think I could compete with her bosom. On the other hand, I am proud I stayed with my real ones," she said with a laugh.
Report from TASR
Later the village offered to buy the field from Výbošťok. "He wanted us to buy his house together with the football field, and set the price at Sk2 million," mayor Klimová said.
Stožok's players train and play in a field in the nearby town of Detva until they are able to use their new home pitch.
Baby girl born with teeth
BABY girl Laura Škarbová, born in Bojnice hospital, came into the world with two teeth.
"I have worked in this job for 22 years, but I never encountered anything like this," said the head of the gynaecology and obstetrics department, Jozef Ďurčenko. Both baby and mother were healthy following the birth, the daily SME reported.
Pre-natal teeth are rare in newly born babies.
"It is a little dangerous for the baby because the teeth are not fixed. They can wiggle easily and the baby could breathe them in. That's why we decided to take them out. Also baby Laura could have hurt her mum with the teeth when breast feeding," said Vanda Vozáriková, of the obstetrics department.
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