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Do you believe in UFO's? UFO is an acronym which stands for Unidentified Flying Object. UFO's are the source of much controversy because of all the conspiracy theories surrounding them and the mystique about UFO's and alien life. Have you ev
UFO
Do you believe in UFO's?
UFO is an acronym which
stands for Unidentified Flying
Object. UFO's are the source
of much controversy because of
all the conspiracy theories
surrounding them and the
mystique
about UFO's and
alien life. Have you ever seen a
UFO?
Kenneth Arnold, an
American business man,
claimed that he saw a UFO in
1947 which was shaped like a
disc. This is considered to be the first wide-reported sighting of a UFO. After this, he
became a minor celebrity and even interviewed other people who claimed that they saw
UFO's as well. Because of the money and fame that this brought him, some people
considered his story to be a hoax
.
What about extraterrestrials (aliens)? Do you believe that life exists outside of the
planet Earth? What movies do you know that feature UFO's? What did you think about
them? What type of alien is more likely – the kind that was depicted in “E.T.” or the kind
that was depicted in “Independence Day”? What would you do if you met an alien?
Mystique
= [NOUN] A
n
aura
of mystery, power, or awe
surrounding a particular occupation, thing,
person,
or
pursuit
. [The mystique of nuclear power was a major reason that John studied Nuclear
Physics and became a nuclear scientist.]
Hoax
= [NOUN] Something intended to deceive or defraud; Deception; Fake; Fraud. [Pictures of
the Loch Ness Monster submitted in 1968 were proven to be nothing more than a hoax after the
man who released the pictures finally admitted to this on his death bed.] Copyright©2011 English
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AREA 51
Area 51 is a military base and a
remote detachment of Edwards Air Force
Base in the United States. It is located in
the southern portion of Nevada in the
western part of the US, 83 miles (133 km)
northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Situated at its center, on the southern
shore of Groom Lake, is a large military
airfield. The base's primary purpose is to
support development and testing of
experimental aircraft and weapons
systems. The base lies within the United States Air Force's large Nevada Test and
Training Range. Though the name Area 51 is used in official CIA documentation, other
names used for the facility include Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown
Strip, and Groom Lake.
The federal government explicitly
concedes (in various court documents and
government directives) that the USAF (United States Air Force) has an "operating location"
near Groom Lake, but does not provide any further information. Unlike most places in the
US, the area surrounding the lake is permanently off-limits both to civilian and normal
military air traffic. Radar stations protect the area, and unauthorized personnel are quickly
expelled. Even military pilots training in the area might get disciplinary action if they stray
into the exclusionary "box" surrounding Groom's airspace.
Satellite technology allowed the Soviet Union to get a general picture of the
airfields, runways, and hangars in Area 51, but the strict rules and the extensive
underground facilities are the source of much controversy. Some theories include:
•
The storage, examination, and reverse
engineering of crashed alien
spacecraft,
the study of their occupants (living and
dead), and the manufacture of aircraft
based on alien technology. •
Meetings or joint undertakings with
extraterrestrials
•
The development of exotic energy and
laser weapons
•
The development of means of weather
control
•
The development of time travel and
teleportation technology •
Underground transcontinental railway
•
Disappearing airstrip (“Cheshire airstrip” - from Lewis Carrol's book)
•
Activities related to a supposed shadowy
one world government
What have you heard about Area 51? What do you think about it? Is there an
equivalent of Area 51 in Russia? Copyright©2011 English
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Explicit/Explicitly = [ADJECTIVE/ADVERB] F
ully
and
clearly
expressed
or demonstrated; leaving
nothing merely
implied;. [His explicit directions were impossible NOT to understand. Because
Sarah is such a good worker, she carried out the plan explicitly.]
To stray
= [VERB] To deviate from the direct course, leave the proper place, or go beyond the
proper limits, especially without a fixed course or purpose; to wander; to roam.
[Don't stray too far
from the road! This area is dangerous, and if you go into the forest, then a wolf might eat you!]
Shadowy
= [ADJECTIVE] (1) Mysterious or secretive (2) Resembling a shadow, or having many
shadows. [Al-Queda is a shadowy terrorist organization which threatens world peace. Because of
all the trees, this area is shadowy, so it would be a nice, cool place to have a picnic.]
PHRASAL VERB OF THE WEEK
To dredge up
= (1) To bring to notice or to make known with significant difficulty and from
an obscure, unknown, or unpleasant source; раскопать, докопаться (
об информации
)
,
вытаскивать на свет.
(2) To mention something unpleasant from the past. [Please, let's
not dredge up that old quarrel! Be careful! By dredging up the facts surrounding the ex-
mayor's death, additional suffering could result.]
IDIOM OF THE WEEK
The powers that be (NOUN) = TPTB is a phrase used to refer to those individuals or
groups who collectively hold authority over a particular domain
; сильные мира сего. [I am
so mad that we won't be able to watch the Victory Day parade from Red Square! The
powers that be decided that ordinary citizens cannot be in the square because of the extra
security risk.] [NOTE: The phrase is always plural (NEVER “power that be”) and often
suggests a sense of resignation or cynicism. For instance, the phrase “The powers that
be” might suggest that the decision made is unfathomable to the speaker and possibly
even arbitrary (without purpose or not helpful). The authority of the "powers," and their
right to make the decision, is not itself necessarily questioned.]
QUIZ
Can you get a '5' on today's quiz?
CONVERSATION
Natasha
: You'll never believe it,
guys! I just saw a UFO!
Viktor
: I don't believe it. It was
probably just a secret military
aircraft. Or you're hallucinating
!
Varya
: You're such a nay-sayer
,
Viktor. Just because it's beyond the
realm of your comprehension,
doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Sergei
: Oh Varya, so you've gone
crazy, too? You girls must have
been shopping at Zara too long.
Viktor
: Tell 'em, Seryozha!
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Natasha
: I'm telling you – I saw a UFO!
Viktor
: Okay, I'll play along.......what did it look like?
Natasha
: Well, it was large, circular, and it moved very quickly.
Sergei
: Sounds like a volleyball after I spike
it.
Varya
: Oh let her finish, Seryozha. Besides, everyone knows that you always lose to
those geriatrics
, so don't pretend that you're some Olympic-caliber player!
Natasha
: The UFO flew away really quickly – it could not have been a secret military
aircraft!
Viktor
: DO NOT underestimate the POWER of skilled engineering!
Varya
: Oh get a grip, Viktor. You sound like a Sith
.
Sergei
: Gosh Varya, I was hoping that after you got a cat, you would be a little bit nicer.
Varya
: Our freakishly long-limbed cat Toffee just keeps me up at night, so I'm even
grumpier! Viktor
: Yes, we've noticed.
Sergei
: Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but I've got a flight to catch to Rostov-na-Donu this
afternoon.
Natasha
: Well, be careful – that UFO might still be flying around.
Sergei
: I'm about as worried about your UFO as I am about vampires and werewolves!
Varya
: Oh, looks like someone has been reading Stephanie Meyer.....
Viktor
: Well, good luck on your business trip, Seryozha.
Varya
: Yeah, and don't forget to bring me back a souvenir.....something expensive.
To hallucinate
= [VERB] To have or experience hallucinations (illusions; a sensory experience that
in reality does not exist outside of your mind). [I ate a strange mushroom and then started
hallucinating! My hallucinations were full of bright colors, and included flying elephants and man-
sized cats that walked on two legs and spoke fluent French!]
Nay-sayer = [NOUN] A person who doesn't believe anything and/or criticizes everything.
To spike (a volleyball) = To hit or strike a volleyball very hard in a way that makes the volleyball
descend quickly and at a sharp angle to the ground in the opponent's territory. [After John spiked
the ball, the other team dove to try to return the volleyball to the other side of the net, but they were
unsuccessful, and John's team got the point.]
Geriatrics
= [NOUN - COLLOQUIAL] A group of old people
Sith = [NOUN] Antagonists of the Jedi; The “Dark Side” from the Star Wars series, including Darth
Vader, Darth Sidius, Count Dooku, and the Emperor. Associated with evil.
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