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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.

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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’.

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Reading

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

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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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