Weird Things You Can Do Or Visit Right Now In Europe
Feeling Stressed? Iceland Wants to Hear You Scream
Iceland is inviting people to record a scream to help to reduce their stress. A speaker will then play the scream into an open space in the country.
The project is called "Looks Like You Need to Let It Out." It was started by Inspired by Iceland, a marketing company for tourism in the country. The company hopes that the project will encourage more people to visit Iceland, either now or in the future.
Zoë Aston, a therapist and mental health consultant, wrote on the Inspired by Iceland website that screaming into wide open spaces can help release stress that's stored in the brain.
People can choose from seven speakers in different locations around the country, all with views of wide open spaces. They can record their scream on the project's website through a computer or phone. The scream will then be played from one of the speakers, and people will also get a video of their chosen speaker playing their scream.
The website has advice on how to scream, which includes thinking about what to say before the scream, how to stand while screaming, and taking some deep breaths before doing it.
Iceland's Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation, said she thinks that everyone needs to reduce their stress from recent months, and Iceland has everything to help do this, either with a visit online or with a real vacation.
Ireland's 'Most Haunted House' Goes on Sale
Ireland's "most haunted house" is on sale for $2.9 million. The new owner of Loftus Hall will get 22 bedrooms, a private beach and — if the stories are true — a ghost.
A castle was built on the site in 1170 by the knight Raymond le Gros, which was replaced with a house in 1350. After it was taken over by an English family in 1666, it was named Loftus Hall.
The hall's famous ghost story began in the 18th century, when Charles Tottenham and his family lived there. According to the hall's website, a stranger came to the house during a storm, and was invited to stay.
One evening, the stranger was playing cards with Charles' daughter, Anne, who had fallen in love with him. Anne dropped a card, and while she picked it up, she saw that the man didn't have feet, but hooves. The stranger then revealed that he was the devil, changed into a ball of fire and flew away, breaking a hole in the ceiling.
It is said that Anne then went mad. After her death in 1775, servants and family members said they saw her ghost in the hall at night. In 2014, a visitor even took a photo that seemed to show two ghosts in one of the windows.
Today, Loftus Hall is owned by brothers Aidan and Shane Quigley, who bought it in 2011 for about $725,000. Visitors can tour the house during the day, or even stay the night. The owners also livestream parts of the house at night.
World's Tallest Climbing Wall to Open in Denmark
The world's tallest climbing wall is set to open in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The wall is 85 meters high and 10 meters wide. It was designed by climbing wall company Walltopia, and built on the side of CopenHill, an environmentally friendly energy plant.
The wall is made up of four different sections, each about 20 meters tall. These sections have different difficulty levels for climbers, with the easiest section at the bottom. This means that only experienced climbers will be allowed to climb the highest section of the wall, and all climbers must show they have enough training to be able to climb it at all.
Head of sales at Walltopia Vasil Sharlanov said that the company wanted to design a climbing wall that looked good, but was also fun to climb.
The company designed the climbing wall to look like the natural wall of a mountain.
CopenHill, which opened in October 2019, already has some attractions on the outside of the energy plant. On the roof, there is a 450-meter-long ski slope, as well as a hiking and running trail, and a restaurant, cafe and bar.
CopenHill is expected to get more than 300,000 visitors a year. The plant itself burns waste to make energy for the city. Every day, 1,000 metric tons of waste are burned to make electricity for 30,000 homes and heating for 72,000 homes.
Dutch Restaurant Uses Robot Waiters
The Royal Palace, a restaurant in the Dutch town of Renesse, is using robot waiters to serve food as bars and restaurants begin to reopen.
Owner Shaosong Hu decided he wanted the robots for his business when he first saw them in China last fall. But as restaurants around the world look for creative ways to continue doing business under social distancing rules, they may prove more useful than he first imagined.
"Hello and welcome" the red-and-white robots say. Their jobs will include greeting customers, returning glasses and plates, and serving Chinese and Indonesian specialties like Babi Pangang and Char Siu at €15.50 ($17) each.
The hunt is on to give the two human names, with a competition taking place on Instagram. "We don't have a favorite yet. But the suggestion of Ro and Bot is out. We want to give them a normal name," said Shaosong's daughter, Leah Hu.
The Hus don't want to hear any complaints about the robots taking jobs away from people. They say it's hard to find staff in their rural region without any big city close by.
"They help us with the work we do," said Leah. "We are often busy and cleaning tables and the robots give us an extra hand."
"We are not disappearing. We are still here. They will always need people in this industry," she said.