13 février 2017

COPS AND DOUGHNUTS STEREOTYPE - B1

Roses are red, violets are blue, cops eat doughnuts (donuts in American English). In a very interesting and instructive episode, Today I Found Out comes back on the probable reason why the idea of American police officers (the boys in blue) eating doughnuts is such a widespread stereotype. In the mid 20th century, establishments selling food were all closed at night. That’s why there were only two options left for those working night shift : diners and doughnut shops. A diner is a small restaurant that serves cheap meals. ... [Lire la suite]
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02 février 2017

Something in the “hair” - B1

In 1964, a certain David Jones, who will later be known as David Bowie, was the leader of the band The Manish Boys. To gain visibility and publicity, they created the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. And it worked, as they appeared for the first time on the BBC in a show called “Tonight”. A good opportunity for us to learn or practice some good English like the following: They are tired of losing their jobs Can I carry your handbag? To have long hair Some like it long, others like it short Please also... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2017

Vote with your butt - B1

In the United Kingdom, as anywhere in the world, many associations fight against littering. One of them decided to use humour to incite people to change their bad habits. Among many other fun ideas, the environmental foundation “Hubbub” has developed a clever concept to pick up and gather cigarette butts. As you can see in the following video, this innovative kind of street ashtray named “ballot bin” invites passers-by to answer a poll by throwing their cigarette butt in the hole corresponding to their opinion. And it works. ... [Lire la suite]
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