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April fool! 四月愚人!

New York Yankees Doug Mientkiewicz realizes he is a victim of a practical joke. Mientkiewicz and teammate Brett Gardner started a base running drill only to discover the rest of the team had left for the clubhouse. Feb. 28, 2007.

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April 1 is a special day in England, France and America. Most people call it April Fools' Day.

April Fools' Day is a day where it is okay to play tricks on your friends and family.

The jokes and tricks are harmless. For example, you may ask someone to find something for you that doesn't exist, like a left-handed screwdriver. Perhaps a teacher will ask someone to go and get a long weight from another teacher (a long wait).

A very famous April Fools' trick was a program shown by the BBC in England. It was 1957 and TV was very new. There was only one channelin England, the BBC. On April 1, many people watched a documentary about a town in Switzerland. The BBC showed the people from the town harvesting spaghetti from trees and leaving it to dry in the sun. Spaghetti was also new in England so some people were confused and others excited. Lots of people called the BBC to ask if it was true. Some even asked how they could grow their own spaghetti tree!

Later, David Wheeler, the producer, said he was glad they had made the program. "I think it was a good idea for people to be aware they couldn't believe everything they saw on the television."

(Catherine Thomas,staff writer)

四月一日在英格蘭、法國和美國都是特別的日子,多數人稱這天是「愚人節」。

在愚人節可以對朋友和家人惡作劇。

這些玩笑和惡作劇都無傷大雅,例如,你也許可以請人替你找一樣根本不存在的

東西,像是左撇子用的螺絲起子,或者老

師可以要某個人去向其他老師「get a long weight(拿長的砝碼)」(和「a long wait(漫長等待)」同音)。

一個非常有名的愚人節玩笑出自英國廣播公司所製作的節目。當時是一九五七年,電視才剛推出,而且只有英國廣播公司一個頻道。四月一日這天,許多人觀看一部有關瑞士小鎮的紀錄片,這齣節目拍到鎮民從樹上收割義大利麵,並且讓它在陽光下曬乾的畫面。當時義大利麵在英國也是很新鮮的事物,所以有些人搞不太清楚狀況,而其他人很興奮,很多人打電話給英國國家廣播公司詢問是否屬實,有些人甚至想知道如何自己栽種義大利麵樹。

節目製作人大衛.威勒事後表示,他很

高興他們製作了這部節目,「我認為讓民眾了解他們不能相信從電視看到的每件事

,是個很棒的點子。」

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. fool n.

傻瓜 (sha3 gua1)

例: You've left your icicle lying in the sunshine, you fool!

(你把冰棒放在陽光下了,傻瓜!)

2. harmless adj.

無害的 (wu2 hai4 de5)

例: Many snakes and spiders are harmless.

(許多蛇和蜘蛛都不會傷人。)

3. harvest v.t.

收割 (shou1 ge1)

例: Rice is harvested in the fall.

(稻米在秋季收割。)

4. spaghetti n.

義大利麵條 (yi4 da4 li4 mian4 tiao2)

例: I really like spaghetti with meat sauce.

(我真的喜歡肉醬義大利麵。)


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