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Man shoots tree, tree fires back
男子射樹樹反擊

People hug trees in Essen, Germany on May 14.
民眾五月十四日於德國埃森擁抱著樹。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Using a tree for target practice sounds harmless enough, right? That was not the case, however, for an Iowa man who is recovering at a hospital after the tree he aimed his gun at fired back.

The Iowa man is expected to survive but will have one heck of a story to tell after he fired his pistol at a tree only to have the shot ricochet and impact upon himself.

27-year-old Logan Bunn transported himself to a nearby hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened at about 4:30am on March 31.

In the ongoing war between man and nature, many more trees have fallen at the feet of their human counterparts, but there have been notable exceptions. In March, an Illinois man was killed when a tree he was attempting to cut down fell upon him.

On Christmas Day last year, a Houston man was killed when he was attempting to clear a fallen tree from the street outside his home. During the removal effort, a second tree fell on him, causing the fatality.

(Liberty Times)

拿樹當目標練習聽起來很無害,不是嗎?但對一名(美國)愛荷華州男子來說,可不是這麼一回事。該名男子目前正在醫院休養,因為他遭到自己拿槍瞄準的樹反擊。

這名愛荷華州男子應該能保住小命,但關於他用手槍對一棵樹開槍,結果跳彈反而打中自己(這件事),日後可有好一番故事可說了。

二十七歲的羅根˙邦恩自行前往附近一家位於威斯康辛州拉克羅斯的醫院。(愛荷華州)阿勒馬基郡警長辦公室表示,此事發生在三月三十一日清晨四時三十分左右。

在人類與大自然之間持續不斷的戰爭中,有更多樹淪為人類的手下敗將。但也有值得注意的例外。上個月,伊利諾州一名男子企圖砍倒一棵樹時,被倒下的樹壓死。

去年耶誕節當天,休士頓一名男子在企圖清除一棵倒在他家外面的街上的樹時喪生。男子在清除倒塌的樹時,第二棵樹倒在他身上,導致死亡。

(自由時報/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. fire back v. phr. 開槍回擊 (kai1 qiang1 hui2 ji2)

例: The soldiers in the fort did not fire back at the enemy.

(要塞內的士兵並未開槍回擊敵人。)

2. counterpart n. 對應人或物 (dui4 ying4 ren2 huo4 wu4)

例: The Chinese president held a telephone conversation with his US counterpart on the expansion of cooperation and mutual respect between the two countries.

(中國國家主席與美國總統通電話,論及拓展兩國合作與相互尊重。)

3. fatality n. 死亡 (si3 wang2)

例: There were five fatalities in the crash.

(撞擊事件有五人死亡。)


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