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"She who laughs last,
laughs best!"

"Laughter is the
best medicine."

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, trip over a big bag of garbage and fall on the sidewalk breaking a bone or two and you fall alone!"

Strange News Story Number Seven

"Clean Our Streets, part 2"
This is part two of the previous story about job-seekers in Brazil. (You can see Part 1 here.) Now you can read about other people who competed for this not-so-wonderful job. Enjoy!

Vocabulary Story

"We've taken most of the applications (1) via the Internet and by telephone. About half of the applicants (2) gave up after learning about the physical tests ahead," said Andre Lemos, (3) a spokesman for Comlurb garbage removal service. The first (4) phase where the candidates' size (5) eliminated all but 7,000 (6) aspiring trash collectors as the rest were (7) deemed too thin or too fat to do the job. Preference was given to younger applicants. Comlurb officials (8) insist it is important that garbage collectors are healthy and can (9) endure great physical effort. A (10) paramedic crew was busy attending 20 people who suffered from (11) respiratory and other problems on the first day alone.

The ambulance rushed to pick up Sueli Carvalho dos Santos who (12) collapsed on the runway. Half an hour later she (13) regained her breath. "The body just got weak, it was very tiring," she said. "I'll try to keep fighting for this job," she added, but (14) a monitor standing behind her (15) shook his head, making clear she wouldn't pass to (16) the next stage. Dos Santos has a four-year-old daughter to look after. Milton Rocha, a fit young man from (17) the suburbs, completed the run on time and expects to get the job which would allow him to get his mother on a healthcare plan and (18) stash away some money for college. "I need this job, but there are older people with kids who need it more than I do. This test is unfair," he said.

New Words

(1) by
(2) stopped trying
(3) an officer in a company who talks to newspaper or TV reporters
(4) a step in a process, part of a process
(5) got rid of, threw away
(6) hopeful
(7) thought to be
(8) they say it must be true
(9) put up with or "get through"
(10) a team of medical experts
(11) breathing
(12) fell
(13) got back
(14) someone who is watching the sick people
(15) moved his head side to side meaning "no"
(16) the next part of the process
(17) towns outside of big cities
(18) put money away (save it) for the future

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