Watson´s World News no. 12

Watson’s World News no. 12

Has Amelia Earhart Been Found At Last?

Amelia Earhart became famous as a pilot in the 1930s, when airplanes were still new and exciting.  She was the first woman to fly across the United States, for example.
She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared* in 1937 while flying across the Pacific. It was part of an around the world flight.
Since then, there have been many rumors* and theories about what really happened.*  Some thought she had been captured* by the Japanese, some thought she and Noonan had survived* on a desert* island, some even thought she had returned to civilization and was living under an assumed* name.  Like Elvis Presley, her fans did not want to believe she was dead.
Now, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery* believe they have found evidence* (3 small bones they think are human, a tortoise shell* which may have been used to collect drinking water, some make up and some glass bottles) on Nikumaroro Island, almost 3,000 kilometers southwest of Hawaii.
“There’s no guarantee,” Ric Gillespie, director of the team which found the bones, said.  “You only need to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited.  But it is true that, if they can get DNA and if they can match* it to Amelia Earhart’s DNA, that’s pretty good.”

She Would Be 103, if Still Alive

Vocabulary:
disappear – zmizet
rumor – zvěst
happen – stát se
be captured – být zajat
survive – přežít
desert – opuštěný
assumed – falešný
recovery – znovunalezení
evidence – důkazy
tortoise shell – želví krunýř
match to – spárovat s
Question for discussion:
Would you like to fly around the world?

Merry Juana Christmas!

German police in Koblenz arrested* a man shortly before Christmas because they didn’t like his tree.
The “tree” was a 2 meter tall marijuana plant which the man, described only as “an old hippie,” had placed in* a Christmas tree stand* and decorated with a string* of lights. He planned to add* more decorations and put his presents under it, all according to tradition.
Police found an additional 150 grams of marijuana in the man’s flat.
Police in Munich arrested a 21 year old man for possession* of an Advent calendar which had cannabis* behind each little door instead of chocolate.

Merry Cannabis!

Vocabulary:
arrest – zatknout
place in – umístit do
stand – stojan
string – řetěz
add – přidat
possession – držení
cannabis – konopí
Question for discussion:
Is this the right “Christmas Spirit”?

 

Nicole Richie’s Jumbo Wedding

Nicole Richie is most famous for wild partying with people like Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan but she seems to have outgrown* that.
The adopted daughter of musician Lionel Richie recently married Joel Madden, who is in the band Good Charlotte.  They have been a couple for 4 years and already have 2 children together.
It was a fairly* traditional wedding and not particularly large by American standards. About 130 friends and family members were present, and it took place at Lionel Richie’s home, outdoors. “They wanted an Old Hollywood, glamorous* feel to their wedding,” one source* said.  “Nicole wanted a memorable,* elegant affair* for only their closest friends and family on their special day.”
One guest, though, attracted a lot of attention.  For some reason,* a trained* elephant was there!

The Best Guest!

Vocabulary:
outgrow – vyrůst z
fairly – docela
glamorous – atraktivní
source – zdroj
memorable – pozoruhodný
affair – senzace
for some reason – z nějakého důvodu
trained – vycvičený
Question for discussion:
Is it a good idea to have an elephant at your wedding?

 

Hypnosis Saves Heating Cost

A shoemaker in England, who leaves the doors of his workshop open even in winter because of the fumes* from the glue,* has found a creative solution to the problem of heating.
He hired* a hypnotist to convince* his workers that they were warm!
“I am a very skeptical person so I didn’t think it would work – but soon they were complaining* about how hot they were!,” Martin Cornellan said.
Adam Hood, who works at the shop, said “I definitely feel much hotter than I was.  All my life I’ve had cold hands and that’s even gone now.”
Hypnotist James Kerwin said “It’s all about mind over matter.*  It’s a case of reprogramming people like you would a computer.”
Vocabulary:
fume – výpar
glue – lepidlo
hire – najmout
convince – přesvědčit
complain – stěžovat si
mind over matter – mysl nad hmotou
Question for discussion:
Is this dangerous?

Sir Richard Branson Will Dress and Work as a Stewardess

Billionaire Richard Branson made his fortune* in the music business. The Sex Pistols, Mike Oldfield and Boy George all owe* their careers to Branson.  He now owns* over 400 companies in industries as diverse* as cosmetics and space exploration.*  In February, he will have to wear a red dress and high heels as he serves* passengers* on an Air Asia X flight from London to Kuala Lumpur.
That’s because he lost a bet* to Air Asia X chief executive Tony Fernandes on whose Formula 1 team would finish higher in the years’ ratings.*  Although neither team did well, Fernandes won the bet (or he would have been wearing a dress and serving drinks on one of Branson’s flights).
It is likely* that seats on the flight will be auctioned and the proceeds* will go to a charity of Branson’s choice.
It won’t be the first time Branson has worn a dress.  He wore one for the grand opening of Virgin Brides, a bridal wear* company, and Vie, a cosmetics firm.

Lady in Red

Vocabulary:
fortune – jmění
owe – dlužit
own – vlastnit
diverse – různorodý
space exploration – vesmírný průzkum
serve – obsluhovat
passenger – cestující
bet – sázka
rating – hodnocení
likely – pravděpodobný
proceeds – výtěžek
bridal wear – svatební oblečení
Question for discussion:
Why is it always funny when men dress as women?

 

Robots Serve Chinese

At the Dalu Rebot restaurant, in northern China, all of the waitresses are robots.
There are still human beings working there, to greet customers and explain to them how the restaurant works, and in the kitchen.
“Next, we’ll develop* robots which can climb stairs and help with kitchen chores* like washing the dishes,” restaurant spokesman Zhang Yongpei said.  They haven’t fired* their chef yet, but it is only a matter of time.*
The 21 tables at the restaurant are arranged* in a circle, and the 6 mechanical waitresses follow a set* path* around them.

Taking Orders

Vocabulary:
develop – vyvinout
kitchen chore – práce v kuchyni
fire – vyhodit (z práce)
matter of time – otázka času
be arranged – být uspořádán
set – daný
path – trasa
Question for discussion:
What are the advantages to this system?