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Strange News Story Number One

"Britain's Strange Person Contest"
This story is about strange people in Britain, called "eccentrics". Some people think these "eccentrics" make life more interesting. What do you think?

Vocabulary Story

A (1) river-going (2) tricycle (3) inventor who was named Britain's biggest (4) eccentric on Thursday. Lyndon Yorke, from west of London sails his (5) Edwardian tricycle down the River Thames won the title of the Best British Eccentric. His (6) odd behavior beat the world (7) toe-wrestling champion, who wears (8) a yellow rubber glove on his head to make his pet chickens feel part of the family, and a man known as Captain Beany who (9) sports an orange (10) swimming cap to make him look more like a baked bean.

"I think we should all be extremely proud of Britain's eccentric (11) heritage. Throughout history, our spirit of eccentricity has produced great thinkers, writers, inventors, (12) explorers and scientists -- and of course our famous sense of humor,'' eccentric expert Bernard Le Vay said.

"We could all learn a thing or two from their (13) alternative approach to life and help make every day just a little less ordinary,'' he said in (14) a statement announcing the award winners.

New Words

(1) it can go on a river like a boat
(2) like a bicycle, but with three wheels
(3) a person who makes new things
(4) a strange person, but not in a very bad way
(5) very old, as in the time of King Edward
(6) a bit strange
(7) fighting with the "fingers" on his feet
(8) a glove usually goes on our hands, especially in cold weather
(9) "to sport" (yes, it's a verb in this case) means "to wear"
(10) a cover for your hair when you go swimming
(11) good things we get from our past, or from history
(12) people who go learn about new places
(13) different (a kind of choice)
(14) carefully chosen words to explain an event to news reporters or the public

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