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Corn maze 玉米迷宮

The 2006 Stocker Farms corn maze in Snohomish, Washington in the US. 2006年美國華盛頓州斯諾荷米遜鎮上,史塔克農場的玉米迷宮.

PHOTO: AP

It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's a maze — a maze shaped like an airplane.

Mazes are fun places through which people must find their way. There are usually many turns and dead ends that make it hard to get from one end of the maze to another. In fact, it is often the goal of the maze to get people lost before they are finally able to find their way out.

For the past few years, each September, a place called Stocker Farms in the US state of Washington has built a maze of corn. Each year the farm builds the maze in a different shape. Then they open it for a month and people pay money to see this great big maze and try to find their way through it.

This year, the farm teamed up with the Boeing airplane company to make their maze in the shape of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane. If you look carefully, you can even see the airplane’s name written into the maze! 

(Lynn Steger, Staff Writer)

這是一隻鳥!是一架飛機!不,它是一個迷宮,一個狀似飛機的迷宮。

迷宮是有趣的地方,人們必須在裡面找到出路,內部九彎十八拐,處處死胡同,要從迷宮的一頭走到另外一頭困難重重。事實上,迷宮經常就是要人們在找到出路前迷失方向。

過去幾年來,每逢九月,美國華盛頓州一處叫「史塔克農場」的地方都會建構一座玉米迷宮。他們會對外開放一個月,讓民眾付費參觀這個碩大的迷宮,並且試著找到出口。

農場今年與波音飛機公司合作,將迷宮蓋成波音七八七夢幻客機的外型,你若仔細看,甚至可以看到迷宮上寫著飛機的機型。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. dead end n.

死巷 (si3 xiang4)

例: We drove down the street until it came to a dead end, and then we turned around and drove back up it.

(我們沿著這條街往下開,直到遇見死巷,就迴轉往回開。)

2. goal n.

目標 (mu4 biao1)

例: Angie’s goals for the year are to get good grades in school, not yell at her mother and be nicer to her sister.

(安琪今年的目標是在學校得好成績、不對媽媽大聲還有對妹妹好一點。)

3. team up with v. phr.

與...合作 (yu3...he2 zuo4)

例: Jack teamed up with his brother to ask their mom for more time to play.

(傑克跟弟弟聯手向媽媽要求更多玩耍時間。)


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