Food Trucks

JAN. 31 - Food Trucks

 

 

Have you tried eating in a mobile restaurant?

A food truck is a large vehicle furnished with cooking equipment and utensil to cook and sell food. They are regularly seen in big events such as carnivals, construction sites, and sporting events as well as near the business and university district where regular meals or snacks are in high demand.

Some experts in American history believed that the first use of a vehicle to sell cooked food started in the 16th century where people used chuck wagons and pushcarts to sell food to all the people who are too busy to go in a restaurant to eat lunch. They first served construction sites, factories and others.

Nowadays, food trucks have evolved thanks to the modern technology. It has gained a worldwide attention and some TV network companies have created television shows to promote them such as “The Great Food Truck” and “East St.” Both shows feature food trucks and mobile food carts from all over the United States.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Furnish – to provide; to supply or to equip with something
  2. Utensil – an instrument for practical use (especially in a household)
  3. District – territory
  4. Chuck wagon – a wagon equipped with a cook stove and a stock full of food supply (for cowboys)
  5. Pushcarts – wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person
  6. Promote – encourage; try to sell or make publicity for

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are food trucks or mobile restaurants popular in your country? Can you describe what they looked like?
  2. What kind of food do they sell in food trucks in your country?
  3. What kind of food do you want to buy in a food truck?

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Laughter is the Best Medicine for Weight Loss

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Do you know that by constantly laughing can make you lose your weight?

A study published in the “International Journal of Obesity” has discovered that laughter is the best solution for a weight problem.

45 pairs of adult friends were included in the study. They were shown either funny or serious videos in a special room that measures the calories burned. Additionally, they wore heart monitors to measure their heart rate while they are watching the movies.

The researchers found out that there’s a 20% increase of heart rate and calorie expenditure and that the longer the participants laughed, the greater the effects are.

Based from the data they gathered after the study, 15 minutes of laughter in a day will burn 10 – 40 calories.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Calories – unit of heat; used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food
  2. Heart rate – the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of person’s health
  3. Expenditure – the act of spending or consuming something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What makes you laugh? How often do you laugh in a day?
  2. Do you believe that laughter can make you lose weight? Why or why not?
  3. Do you make other people laugh? In what way?

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Spray On Sleep

JAN. 29 451-illust_(Jan29)Spray On Sleep

 

 

Have you ever wished you could fall asleep very quickly as if you will just press a sleep button in your body?

A start-up business from Stanford University has developed a new product called Sprayable Sleep which will send users to sleep after two sprays on the neck.

Benjamin Yu, the creator of this product, said that their Sprayable Sleep is much better than sleeping pills because when you wake up the next day, you won’t feel groggy.

The idea has become popular online and has reached a funding of $15,000 in less than 24 hours. Although it is still currently in development, the creator said that the prototype will become available on February 2015.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Start-up – a new business
  2. Groggy – stunned or confused and slow to react
  3. Funding – financial resources provided to make some project possible
  4. Prototype – full-scale working model of something built for study, testing or display

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you find it hard to fall asleep quickly? What do you do before you sleep?
  2. What do you think about this new product? Would you try it? Why or why not?
  3. Some people believed that drinking medicines to fall asleep is bad for our health, do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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Smoking Prohibited In Bars and Casinos in New Orleans

 

 

Do you know that in New Orleans, you won’t be allowed to smoke inside the bar and casinos in the near future?

The New Orleans City Council has voted unanimously to pass a new law that will ban smoking in casinos and bars. The said law will take effect in about three months.

The city officials decided to pass this law because they were concerned with the health of the other people who are exposed to second-hand smoke while they are in the establishment.

However, owners of bars and gambling shops are worried that their business will get hurt. In fact, during a meeting in a large casino next to the French Quarter, their lawyers estimated that their revenues will decline to 20% because of the ban.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Unanimously – of one mind, without disagreement
  2. Ban – to prohibit, forbid something
  3. Second-hand smoke – also called as passive smoking; happens when someone who doesn’t smoke inhale the cigarette smoke from someone who is smoking near them
  4. Establishment – a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational building)
  5. Revenue – entire amount of income
  6. Decline – grow worse; go down

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you agree with the decision of the city officials to ban smoking in bars and casinos? Why or why not?
  2. Does your country have a similar law which bans smoking in some establishments? Please explain.
  3. How does your government prevent second-hand smoking?

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Users of Social Media Are Less Stressed Out

 

 

Are you more stressed out because of Social Media?

The Pew Research Centre asked almost 1,100 people about how much stress they feel when they use social media sites.

Even though the concern for digital stress is growing rapidly, the research centre found out that Internet and mobile phone users did not have higher stress levels compared to less tech-savvy participants in the survey. In fact, they also took note of the interesting result they found that women who use a lot of social media have the lowest stress compared to male participants.

Additionally, they found out that those who use social media are more aware of stressful events in other people’s lives thanks to oversharing. Loss of jobs and death in the family are among the examples of these events. The reasons of stress for men and women are different. When women became aware of depressing events such as death of a child or a partner they feel more stressed out while friends being accused of a crime or getting demoted at work stress the men the most.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Stress – state of mental or emotional difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
  2. Digital stress – stress encountered through texts, emails and social media conversation
  3. Tech-savvy – refers to people who are proficient in their navigation and use of computer and other related devices
  4. Oversharing – provides too much information about oneself
  5. Depressing – causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  6. Demote – assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you feel stressed out lately? Is it caused by the Internet and Social Media sites? If so… why?
  2. What do you think are the reasons why people experience digital stress?
  3. How can we overcome digital stress?

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The Mysterious Man

 

 

Have you ever seen this man in one of your dreams?

In 2006, a woman asked her psychiatrist to draw the face of a man she sometimes sees in her dreams. The woman also told her psychiatrist that she has never seen the man before in her life and that sometimes the man would give her friendly life advice in her dreams.

Another patient of the same psychiatrist claimed that he also saw the man in his dream and that he also received advice from the man. The psychiatrist was surprised and curious so the psychiatrist asked his colleagues to ask their patients if they had ever seen the face. They were surprised to know that four more patients have admitted to seeing the same man in their dreams.

Since then thousands of people from all over the world had claimed that they saw the man in their dreams. A website was set up in order to collect information about the man from different people worldwide who had the same dream.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Psychiatrist – a doctor who treats mental disorders
  2. Advice – a recommendation or proposal
  3. Colleagues – a person that one works with
  4. Curious – eager to investigate and to learn more
  5. Admit – declare to be true
  6. Recurring – coming back

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you had a recurring dream about someone before? Was it someone you know? Please describe.
  2. Have you had a recurring dream before? What kind of dream was it?
  3. Do you believe that dreams are telling us some sort of message? Why or why not?

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Police Dog as a Detective

 

 

Have you heard of a dog who became the first detective of his kind?

In Escondido, California, the police department has just promoted a dog to detective last week.

An 8 year-old German shepherd born in Czech Republic is the first dog to ever reach the detective rank in Californian police history. Jena, the name of the dog, has helped the police locate drugs on suspects since 2010. With her new role, Jena will help detectives sniff out drugs on future cases.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Detective – a police officer who investigates crimes
  2. Suspects – someone who is under suspicion
  3. Sniff out – recognise or detect or as if by smelling

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about the article? Does your country also use dogs in solving crimes?
  2. How do you think a dog can help police officer in their job?
  3. If you were a police officer, would you also use animals as your helper in solving crimes? Why or why not?

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The 8,000 Calorie Challenge

JAN. 19 451-illust_(Jan19)The 8,000 Calorie Challenge

 

 

Do you know the Monster Mega Breakfast?

A corner cafe in Somerset near Bristol is serving a huge breakfast that they call as The Monster Mega Breakfast. It is made with various types of foods like eggs, bacon rashers, black puddings, hash browns, potato fries, sausages and many more.

For just £15, we are given an hour to finish the challenge plus a choice of either a milkshake or an energy drink to wash down the meal. Since its launch last week, five people had already tried it but were unsuccessful.

If ever you complete the meal within the hour, you will be added to the “Champion’s Wall with a photo to commemorate our success and you will receive a free breakfast voucher, a mini trophy and a key ring.

For those interested to participate, they must be over 18 years old and must sign a waiver before starting. Sharing is also not allowed.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Wash down – to move or carry downward by action of a liquid
  2. Commemorate – call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something
  3. Voucher – a coupon or a document that serves as evidence of some expenditures
  4. Waiver – a formal written statement of relinquishment

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think it’s alright to have this kind of challenge in a restaurant even though we have an obesity problem? Why or why not?
  2. Would you try this challenge? Why or why not?
  3. Do you know a restaurant in your area that has a similar challenge?

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Free Food to the Beautiful

 

 

Do you know there’s a restaurant that offers free meals to attractive customers?

In the city of Zengzhou, China, there’s a restaurant that offers free meals to its attractive diners.

The rules stated that the first 50 attractive people to arrive at its restaurant will be spared from paying the bills. If people are hoping to get a free lunch, they have to be evaluated in a separate room by a group of plastic surgeons where they are judged based from the quality of their faces, eyes, noses and mouths.

Internet users in China have mixed feelings about this promotion while the authorities were unimpressed. The officers claimed that the restaurant did not have an official permission to put their signs in public and ordered the restaurant to remove its garish sign.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Spare – save or relieve from an experience or action
  2. Evaluate – form an opinion about; assess, judge or measure
  3. Mixed feelings – a partly positive and partly negative reaction to something
  4. Unimpressed – not having a favourable opinion
  5. Garish – overly bright or decorated; especially in an offensive or tasteless way

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What is your opinion about the restaurant’s way of attracting customers?
  2. Do you think it’s good for business to have such kind of promotion? Why or why not?
  3. Do you know any restaurants or establishments in your country that has a similar promotion?

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Time Capsules

 

 

What do you know about Time Capsules?

Wikipedia defined time capsules as a stash of historical goods and that its purpose is to communicate with future people and help future historians, archaeologists and anthropologists.

Although some historians said that most time capsules usually do not give any useful historical information. The reasons are because they only tell little about the people of the time and the artefacts which are included inside are of limited value to future historians.

This tradition is very popular in United States. Often, time capsules are buried during a celebration, a cornerstone laying for a building or other events. The first use of time capsules is widely debated but evidence shows that it was first used in 1876. However, in 2014, a time capsule was found at the Massachusetts State House dating to 1795. It was believed that Samuel Adams and Paul Revere were the people who buried it.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Stash – a hidden storage space
  2. Archaeologist – an expert in the study of prehistoric people and their culture
  3. Anthropologist – a social scientist who studies the origin and social relationships of human beings
  4. Artefacts – a man-made object taken as a whole
  5. Cornerstone – a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate rituals and ceremonies

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you know about time capsules? Have you seen one?
  2. Does your country have a time capsule? If not, is there a similar tradition in your country?
  3. If you are going to bury your own time capsule, what would you put and when do you want it to be revealed? Why?

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