Battle Symphony / Linkin Park
by Liz Walter
April 1st is known in many Western countries as ‘April Fool’s Day’. The idea is to trick other people, to try to make them believe things that are not true. If you succeed, you shout ‘April fool!’ at the person you have tricked. In honour of April Fool’s Day, this post will look at some words and phrases connected with this custom.
One important thing is to remember that we play tricks on someone (we don’t ‘make’ or ‘do’ them). The tricks are often practical jokes (using actions instead of words), and they are almost always harmless – they are intended to be fun. Other words for this kind of trick are prank or hoax, although the word ‘hoax’ can also be used for more serious, unpleasant tricks in the same way as the words fraud or deceit.
However, some April Fool’s hoaxes can be very elaborate (complicated and difficult to do). For example, in 1957, the BBC (the most famous TV company in the UK) made a film about Swiss spaghetti farmers, and showed pictures of people picking spaghetti. The film was very realistic and a lot of people were taken in (believed it). Some very gullible people (people who believe everything they are told) contacted the BBC because they wanted to buy spaghetti plants – they didn’t realise that the plants were fake (not real)!
Another very plausible (easy to believe) prank was a newspaper article about ‘FatSox’ – socks that were said to absorb fat from a person’s body and make them thin. Most people saw through the trick (realised it was not real), but many others fell for (believed) it and wanted to get a pair.
One common idiom we use to talk about playing gentle tricks is pull someone’s leg. In fact, when people want to say that it’s obvious that someone is trying to trick them, they sometimes say ‘Pull the other one!’ or even ‘Pull the other one – it’s got bells on!’.
Strangely, in the UK, April Fool’s Day stops at midday – anyone playing a trick after that becomes the fool! And in France, April Fool’s day is called ‘Poisson d’Avril’ – April fish! Do let me know of any April Fool’s customs you have, or any good April Fool’s tricks you know about!
2016里約奧運，美國游泳健將Michael Phelps(飛魚) 奪得5金1銀的佳績
(It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light \轉載自Youtube)
影片中的一段話很激勵人心"It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light"
Olympics Fashion Disaster
Margret and Alexander are chatting in a cafe.
Margret: I’m so excited about the Olympics! In less than 3 weeks we will see the opening ceremony and all those amazing outfits worn by athletes to represent their nationalities.
Alexander: I can’t wait either. It’s a shame that Taiwanese people don’t really care about the Olympic games. However, people have a lot to say when it comes to Olympic fashion. I heard that the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee took a lot of heat recently for the outfits it designed.
Margret: Oh, yes. People are saying the outfits have terrible colors and that they don’t fit the athletes at all. They feel like the outfit is a slap in the face to our hardworking athletes. They had to work so hard just to be qualified to compete in the games.
Alexander: Well, it happened to my country as well. Back in 2014 during the Sochi Winter Olympics, the outfit of our curling team was strongly criticized for its patterns. It was so embarrassing for Norway because people always think we are one of the most fashionable Olympic teams.
Margret: Trust me, nothing is worse than the outfits of Taiwan’s team. The chairman said that the outfit was designed by Khieng Puong, “the godfather of haute couture” of Taiwan, and the design was supposed to make the athletes feel energetic and youthful. But it turned out to be a disaster.
Alexander: Well, at least the colors are bright and eye-catching.
Margret: You’re such an optimistic person.
Here Comes Pokemon Go!
Thanks to smart phone technologies, you can now be a real life Pokemon trainer like Satoshi!Pokemon Go is a new smartphone app that encourages gamers to search local areas to find Pokemons in the real world. The game turns actual locations near you into a virtual reality with Pokemons, pocket monsters, in it. It uses GPS to tell you where to catch little monsters like Pikachu near you, and you can train them to fight each other. The game has taken the world by storm thanks to the popularity of the anime and trading card game in the 1990s. Since then, Pikachu has become an icon of Japanese culture. The app is currently available only in 30 countries. Pokemon fanatics actually crashed the server when it’s launched, and that made the game creators hold off its worldwide release.
Despite the game’s creative and playful nature, criminals took advantage of the game and turned it into a means of pinpointing their victims. Four people were arrested after using the game to lure players to remote areas and then robbed them at gunpoint. In the US, one Pokestop, a landmark where you can catch monsters, has already been linked to an arrest. A registered sex offender was arrested for playing Pokemon Go with children outside a courthouse.
Apparently the app has made it easier for robbers and sex offenders to target their victims and authorities are attributing the sexual assaults and hate crimes to Pokemon Go. There also have been reports of falling over or similar trivial accidents because gamers were not paying attention to what’s really happening in the real world as they dove straight into the Pokemon’s world.