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Blackie The Talking Cat

While dogs have been used for protection for thousands of years, parrots are a new twist. “Run, run, you are going to get caught,” cried Lorenzo the parrot as the police arrived. Lorenzo was one of 1,700 parrots trained to warn their drug-dealing owners in Barranquilla, … [Read more...]

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A Man Without A Name

One day in 1986, Edgar Latulip got on a bus headed for Niagara Falls and then disappeared. Edgar was reported to the police as a missing person. For 30 years the case went cold. Some people thought Edgar had died in a mysterious accident. Edgar’s mother and the police searched … [Read more...]

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Terminal One

For the majority of us, an airport is nothing more than a place to wait for a journey to begin. But for some, an airport has become a home. In a perfect storm of unlucky events, Mehran Karimi Nasseri found himself stranded at the Charles de Gaulle airport in France for more than … [Read more...]

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Everything Happens For A Reason

English expressions like ‘Everything happens for a reason’ sound hokey to some, but not if you believe in fate or destiny. Pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon says, "Things are supposed to happen when they do. I see examples of this almost daily in my life and practice." In … [Read more...]

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Joan d’Arc

At the age of 13, a French peasant girl named Joan D’Arc began hearing voices and having visions. The voices told her to go on an important mission to save France. It was the 1400s, and England was occupying much of France, forcing many French people to leave their homes. The … [Read more...]

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Unsung Heroes

In 1986, three men volunteered to die in order to save hundreds of thousands of people, but most of us have never heard of these unsung heroes. When a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine began releasing deadly radioactive material, workers didn't know what to do. No one … [Read more...]

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Idiom: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

When the rugby team from Uruguay boarded the plane, they never imagined that weeks later they'd be eating their teammates to survive. Flying over the Andes Mountains, the pilot's voice came over the intercom. "Fasten your seatbelts, we are going to enter some turbulence." The … [Read more...]

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Idiom – It’s Raining Cats And Dogs

If you look out the window and see a heavy rainstorm, you should not be surprised if you hear an English speaker say, “It’s raining cats and dogs!” This expression is used to describe heavy rain. Some other ways to say this include a ‘torrential rain’, a ‘downpour’, or a … [Read more...]


A Heartwarming Friendship

Imagine loving someone so much that you’d swim more than 5,000 miles to see them. Dindim manages to swim that far every single year to visit his friend Joao Pereira de Souza in Brazil. This is heartwarming, not only because of the love between the two friends, but because … [Read more...]


Back Of The Bus

Imagine having to sit at the back of the bus, just because of your skin color. Less than 100 years ago, it was common in the United States to block African Americans from job opportunities, stores, and restaurants that were only for white people. They were also banned from many … [Read more...]

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Female Power

Worldwide, it’s estimated that one out of every three women has been a victim of violence. Also, women are paid less than men, and they are less likely to hold positions of leadership. Female babies are even aborted at a higher rate than male babies. This phenomenon is so common … [Read more...]

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Two Sides To Every Coin

Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." Many people don't realize that Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and so many other iconic characters, was once a man who was very familiar with failure. In fact, in his younger years, he had a boss who fired him … [Read more...]

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Fighting For The Amazon

More than twenty men hired by an oil company hacked through the Ecuadorean jungle. Suddenly, they found themselves surrounded by a large group of indigenous people called the Cofan. The newcomers were clearly outnumbered. In the last five years, several oilmen had been beaten or … [Read more...]

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Love’s Long Road

William Shakespeare once wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” This was certainly the case for PK Mahanandia, who rode his bicycle all the way from India to Sweden to reunite with his love. PK was a poor young Indian artist, who made his money by painting … [Read more...]

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Diamond Ring Insurance

Brian McGuinn waded through a sea of more than nine tons of garbage. He came to the dump because just days before, he accidentally threw away his wife’s $10,000 diamond engagement ring.   Brian needed to find that diamond ring. It was a symbol of his marriage, of his love for … [Read more...]

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Kill Two Birds With One Stone

To kill two birds with one stone is an English phrase that means to achieve two goals with one action. When a terrorist group kidnapped 19-year-old Patty Hearst, they knew they were killing two birds with one stone. The group was called the SLA and they chose to kidnap Patty … [Read more...]

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

When something seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true at all. The story of Karl Rabeder who was once a millionaire, is one of those stories. He had a nice house, fancy cars and he stayed in expensive, five star hotels. But one day, he decided to give it all up. Well, … [Read more...]

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Waiting For The War To End

The people of Vietnam suffered through war from 1955-1975, but for one man, the war took much longer to end. Ho Van Thanh was a soldier for more than 15 years. One terrible day, a mine exploded and killed his wife and two of his sons, and completely destroyed his home. In a … [Read more...]

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The Price Of Nothing

Why would 30,000 Americans pay $6 for a box of bull poop? According to one company that sold bull poop on Black Friday, you could "fertilize your garden….or surprise a loved one with the gift of poop." Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the US and is a time when … [Read more...]

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Ma Yuanjiang survived eight days trapped under the rubble of an earthquake in China. He had no food or water, so he ate paper and drank his own urine. Ma had no training in survival. He was a business executive, yet somehow, against all odds he survived longer than almost anyone … [Read more...]

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