Some Unusual Universities

Some universities offer some very unusual study programs.  In Canada, for example, Humber College lets students study about comedy.

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Shopping at the Supermarket

Pulling into the parking lot of the largest supermarket in town, Joe could already see it was going to be a challenge to find parking on this Saturday morning.

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A Mystery in the South Pacific

José Tuki is a 30-year-old artist from Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. He’s sitting on Anakena beach and he’s looking at enormous statues  of people —the moai.

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Christmas in Japan

Do Japanese people celebrate Christmas?  They certainly do!  Christmas in Japan is seen as a time for couples to spend a romantic evening together.

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Return to River Town

From 1996 to 1998, Peter Hessler was a Peace Corps volunteer. He was an English teacher in China. He worked in a region near the Yangtze River.


Detroit: Then and Now

The city of Detroit, in the USA, was once compared to Paris. It had a broad river, smart streets and historically important architecture. Then, in the 20th century, it became ‘Motor City’.



Reading is one of the simplest forms of relaxation for mind and body. Relaxation reading helps us take our minds off our problems if even only for a short time.  This helps to reduce stress levels.

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The Man who can't Sleep

Do you sometimes feel tired? Do you sometimes wish you could sleep for longer? If you answered yes to those two questions, then take a moment to think about poor Thai Ngoc


Why People get Tattoos

Jack lay quiet and perfectly still for thirty minutes while a stranger repeatedly stabbed him with sharp needles, causing blood to pour steadily out of his leg. Jack was getting a tattoo.

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The Queen Mary

Susan grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, the heartland of the USA. She remembers playing in the corn fields as a child, and seeing miles and miles of land stretching out as far as she could see.

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The Los Angeles Book Festival

People joke that no one in Los Angeles reads; everyone watches TV, rents videos, or goes to the movies. The most popular reading materials are comic books, movie magazines, and TV guides.

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Positive Effects of Kids 

Owning a Dog

Brendan's best friend is Tip. Tip and Brendan are inseparable. They teach each other things and they look after each other.

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The Effects of Stress

There is a famous expression in English: "Stop the world, I want to get off!" This expression refers to a feeling of panic, or stress, that makes a person want to stop whatever they are doing, try to relax, and become calm again.

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A Social Media Fast

Many people are social media fanatics. They are always looking at their mobile phones or tablets and updating their Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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Food Deserts

A food desert is a place where people cannot easily find cheap and healthy food.  Food deserts can exist anywhere.  

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