National Collection of Bad Habits
15 February 2022 – 22 July 2023
The collection of bad habits is the foundation phase of the entire project, and its goal is to obtain the widest possible range of bad habits. It takes place across the whole of the Czech Republic, both online and in the field. We are collecting at 200 locations in Bohemia and Moravia, addressing individuals in cities and villages as well as audiences at cultural and sporting events. We’re visiting schools, homes for the elderly, civic associations, clubs, leisure activity centres, and businesses of all sorts. We’re always trying to get individuals to reflect upon themselves and on society in general. We’re looking not for well-known, notorious habits (nail biting) or addictions (smoking, alcohol), but for original patterns of behaviour that bother us in someone/something, or that are passed down from generation to generation within a family. We’re looking for national bad habits in general – whether our own, those of family members, or even strangers – along with bad habits we had no idea existed until now and which will allow us to perceive our surroundings differently.
Hook up based
on common bad habits!
17 June 2023
The BolesLOVE dating event, which will take place in Mladá Boleslav, is the first significant milestone of the project. We’ll be trying to connect locals directly, based on their local bad habits, and thus take the project to the next level. In the first phase, we’ll be focusing on collecting bad habits in Mladá Boleslav, which will serve as the foundational material for a dating event. Getting the public actively involved and cooperating constitutes the backbone of the project as a whole and will be crucial for its successful implementation. The matchmaking will take place over the course of one day and we’ll try to involve as diverse a sample of the population as possible to test the habit-based dating principle quite thoroughly and continue developing it in the following phases of the project.
Encyclopedia of Bad Habits
Our goal was to collect as many individual, family, professional, local, and national bad habits as possible during one year. We’d originally planned to collect 10,000 bad habits, but over time other surprising fields opened up before us, so today we have almost 30,000! That’s why we decided to create an ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BAD HABITS, which will also serve as a thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project in any way.
The book will present an alphabetically ordered compendium of bad habits, with clearly arranged headings in a wide variety of categories. Formally, it will be based in part on our Mendel’s Table of Bad Habits, which is emerging in parallel, though it will be enriched significantly with more detailed treatments of selected bad habits. The visual components of the book (photographs, illustrations, graphs, maps, and tables) will also play a significant role, the overall aim being not only to research and popularise a form of human behaviour, but also heredity, and thus also the legacy of Gregor Johann Mendel.
Mendel’s Table of Bad Habits
22 July 2023 – 22 July 2024
After processing all the data obtained during the yearlong collection of bad habits, a Mendelian “Table of Bad Habits” will be put together – a unique concept, the only one of its kind in the world, which will serve not only as the basis for a book, but also to directly contact and involve participants in the final phase of the project. At the same time, another important output will be a website dealing with bad habits on a scale unparalleled anywhere in the world.