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Outside of Prague, the Bohemian countryside is aglow with yellow fields of rape. Rape is the plant canola oil comes from. Because of the oil's non-cholesterol content, it's the newly fashionable cash crop. But not even heavy Czech cooking would justify the vast rape fields growing everywhere. So we asked around. One theory we got was that Czechs have invented a way to use Canola oil as an additive in car fuel. But a good friend of ours has let us in the real secret of Bohemia's golden glow. She says rape seed is used in the manufacture of beer. Sure enough, alongside fields of rape we also saw vast plantations of hops. Because the Czech Republic is famous for beer. (These gasoline and beer theories have since been repudiated, but they make a good story.)

179. And the Czechs, too avail themselves of the brew every chance they get.

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