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Human Interest

Lawyer Has No Luck At All
If there were a prize for the world's unluckiest man, British solicitor Edward Bentley would surely be in the running. (Gambling, bad luck, crime, regrets about the past, "I wish")
Intermediate
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How Good are You?
A pair of social psychologists say that luckily, the truly incompetent may never know the depths of their own incompetence. (ability, overconfidence, incompetence, synonyms, modal verbs, narrative tenses)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Helping The Government
This lesson is about a British retiree who mailed a check for 75 pence ($1.09) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in disgust at the very small 75 pence weekly rise in the state pension, and was surprised to find it had been cashed. (Retirement, money, governments, the UK, clauses using 'that')
Intermediate
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Happiness is...
People believe you are happiest when you are younger although studies show this isn't the case and marriage brings as much happiness as an additional $100,000 in income. (Happiness, age, marriage and money, USA, Britain, income, adjectives, comparative and superlative adjectives.)
Intermediate
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Home Schooled Spelling Champion
A 13-year-old computer whiz who taught himself to read at the age of 2 won the U.S. national spelling bee with the word "succedaneum." (Spelling competitions, home schooling, adverbs.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Late Learner
A Cameroonian man who dropped out of school in 1940 has gone back and passed his primary school exam at the age of 75. (Education system, school, drop out of school, Past Simple / Present Simple / Present Perfect.)
Elementary
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Writing Exams
Students do pretty well on multiple-choice tests in math and science, just don't expect them to be able to write home about it. Also, if they do fail, expect a law suit. (Education, styles of exams, writing, the USA, 'pretty' as an adverb)
Pre-Intermediate
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Will You Marry Me?
A man in London hid a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that his sweetheart, Leanne, (26) would pop the balloon as he popped the question. But then the balloon blew away...(Romantic marriage proposals, predicting, comprehension, past simple tense: regular and irregular verbs, past simple and past continuous).
Pre-Intermediate
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Return to Sender
Forty-four years after it was thrown from a ship into the Indian Ocean, a bottle with a message has turned up in New Zealand, the new home of the author. (Strange stories, message in a bottle, coincidences, transport, phrasal verbs)
Pre-Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Lucky To Be Alive
A 15-year-old New Zealand boy survived with minor injuries after falling 16-stories from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor and a policeman saved the life of a baby boy by breaking the toddler's fall from the third floor of an apartment building. Amazing stories of surviving falls from great heights. (Lucky escapes, telling/writing stories, survival, Past Simple and Past Continuous)
Pre-Intermediate
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Judging Beauty
A blind Canadian man who helped judge two beauty pageants on Sunday said he was able to see the contestants' true beauty. One must ask why. (Beauty contests, blindness, voice, 'have' or 'be' with descriptions)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Child's View
Movie star Jamie Lee Curtis believes children will be a focus in her life when she quits acting and everyone should see the world from a small child's point of view. (Fame, doing worthwhile things, sentences, making notes.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Changing Times
As if becoming the first female governor in Japan weren't enough, Osaka leader Fusae Ota is taking on yet another bastion of male privilege: the sumo ring. (Sumo wrestling, women's rights, Japan, sport, prepositions)
Intermediate
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Canadian Pioneers
Two Canadian couples will be left on an isolated farmstead on the Prairies where they will spend a year living as the region's pioneers did 130 years ago. Why? For 68,000 reasons. Find out what happened. (TV shows, living in the past, Canada, history, conjunctions)
Intermediate
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The Right Smell
Not all sniffs are the same. Each nostril interprets smells differently, with most people finding a right-sided sniff more pleasant but a left-sided sniff more accurate. (Smelling, science, senses, 'depend on + if')
Pre-Intermediate
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Gladiator!
Archaeologists in London have unearthed the remains of a female Roman-era gladiator. A good lesson to tie in with the movie called Gladiator. (movies, homophones, history, sports, quotation/speech marks)
Intermediate
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Giving Up
A man who camped alone in the Australian outback for six months after driving off in a fire truck said on Friday he hadn't been looking for enlightenment but was simply trying to give up smoking. Well if it works ..... (smoking, addiction, the Australian desert, linking words)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Very Old Post Card
A postcard that took 112 years to get from Brisbane to Scotland has been sent back to Australia to be reunited with the granddaughter of the man who wrote it! (Parts of speech - nouns as verbs)
Elementary
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Winning and Losing
A British couple bought a lottery ticket. The ticket won millions of pounds, but they had lost the ticket. They could prove they had bought the ticket, but the lottery company said that the rules said that no ticket means no prize. However, the company did pay for professional counseling for the couple. (Justice, fairness, rules, winning money, the uses of the present perfect.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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A Long Goodbye
85 years after it was thrown into the sea, the goodbye mesage in a bottle was found. (Amazing stories, love, messages in a bottle, word order)
Pre-Intermediate
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Heavy Metal Music
Two New Zealand pensioners were surprised to find themselves surrounded by 1,500 head banging heavy metallers at a concert by Dallas heavy metal group Pantera after winning concert tickets in a newspaper competition. (Music, age, language describing ages.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Vote For Me!
Research states that to be successfully elected as a US president requires assertiveness, followed by a need to strive for achievement. (Presidents, USA, character traits, history)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Virtual Feminism
For many in the women's movement, the power tool of choice is the Internet. Find out how it is being used. (WWW, Women's issues, equality)
Upper-Intermediate
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Not Music To My Ears
An Australian shopping center has found a novel way to deter teenage loiterers -- playing loud Bing Crosby music. (Teenagers, Bing Crosby, music, Australian slang)
Intermediate
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I Refuse To Do This Lesson
Hundreds of Romanian schoolchildren walked out of classes because they didn't like maths. (High school subjects, education, student action, strikes)
Intermediate
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Highland Decision
It has all the ingredients for a Hollywood hit: money, animosity, a craggy clan chief and a cabal of conservationists out to save the Scottish highlands. What is it? (Conservation, traditional rights, mountains, Scotland)
Upper-Intermediate
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Fair and Fit
Researchers have figured out how fairness may fit into the Darwinian concept of evolution. (Research, evolution, fair play, health)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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The Best!
This lesson has two news stories. One about how a Mexican great-great grandmother and athlete, who holds numerous gold medals for long distance running, celebrated her 90th birthday, vowing to break more records. The other article is about where the hottest chili on earth is grown! (Old athlete, chili)
Pre-Intermediate
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