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Clown's lost bicycle returned 小丑的腳踏車失而復得

A star circus clown got his custom-made mini-bike back on Apr. 1, a few days after it went missing on a New York street.

Bello Nock, the star daredevil clown of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, had made pleas in the media for the return of the 30cm-high, 5cm-wide contraption, and a US$1,000 (NT$33,000) reward was offered.

Rickey Robinson found the “bitty bike” outside a restaurant Friday night on Manhattan's west side, not far from Madison Square Garden, where the circus is performing. After reading about it in the newspaper, he brought the bike to the circus Sunday morning.

“I didn't know what it was,” Robinson said. “I didn't know how anybody rides it.”

Bello lost the bike Friday when he and other clowns were doing an impromptu street show. He leaned it against another bike, and by the time he realized he had left it behind, it was gone.

“Give me a hug. I need my bike. That is my bike. Thank you, buddy,” the clown told Robinson, who did not know how the bike got to where he found it.

In exchange for returning the bike, Robinson, 54, will receive the NT$33,000 reward, a new bicycle donated by Toys R Us, free tickets to Knicks NBA basketball games and tickets to a circus show.

Bello, a seventh-generation circus performer, was “very upset” when he lost the bike, a family heirloom built by a man in Mexico. It took him six months to learn how to ride it.

“I can't tell you how happy I am to have it back,” he said. (AP)

一名馬戲團小丑明星的訂做迷你腳踏車,在紐約街頭遺失幾天後,於四月一日失而復得。

玲玲馬戲團中藝高人膽大的明星小丑貝洛.諾克透過媒體呼籲歸還三十公分高、五公分寬的迷你腳踏車,並且提供一千美元(新台幣三萬三千元)的酬金。

瑞奇.羅賓森星期五晚上,在曼哈頓西區麥迪遜花園廣場附近一間餐廳外,尋獲這台「迷你腳踏車」,馬戲團就在麥迪遜花園廣場表演。他在報紙上讀到這則消息後

,星期天早上便將這台腳踏車歸還給馬戲團。

「我不知道這是什麼?」羅賓森說︰「

Today's Words 今日單字

1. plea n.

請求 (qing3 qiu2)

例: I have made a plea that the government cancel all scheduled executions.

(我已呼籲政府取消所有將要執行的死刑。)

2. contraption n.

奇妙的機械 (qi2 miao4 de5 ji1 xie4)

例: I don't understand. What does this contraption do?

(我不懂,這個裝置的功用為何?)

3. impromptu adj.

即席地 (ji2 xi2 di5)

例: You will have one minute to prepare your impromptu speech.

(你將會有一分鐘準備你的即席演講。)

4. donate v.t.

捐獻 (juan1 xian4)

例: Last month, we donated over NT$5,000 to that temple.

(上個月,我們家捐給那間寺廟的金額超過五千元。)


我不知道這要怎麼騎。」

貝洛星期五晚上和其他小丑進行街頭即興表演時遺失這台腳踏車,他把它靠在另一台腳踏車上,當他想到自己忘了腳踏車時,腳踏車就已經不見了。

小丑對羅賓森說︰「給我一個擁抱,我

需要我的腳踏車,那是我的腳踏車,感謝你,老兄。」羅賓森不知道這台腳踏車怎麼會出現在他尋獲的地點。

五十四歲的羅賓森歸還這台腳踏車後,

將得到新台幣三萬三千元酬金、一台玩具反斗城贊助的全新腳踏車、美國職籃尼克隊出賽門票,以及馬戲團門票。

身為馬戲團第七代團員,貝洛遺失這台

腳踏車時感到非常生氣,這是由墨西哥一名男子打造的傳家之寶,他花了六個月才學會如何騎這台腳踏車。

他表示︰「我無法形容失而復得的心情

有多好。」(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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