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Strange News Story Number Eleven

"Run With The Bulls"
This story is about a famous, and dangerous, festival in Spain that takes place every year. The most famous event during the festival is called "the running of the bulls". Enjoy!

Vocabulary Story

Two (1) foreign tourists, one from Canada and one from Norway, were (2) gored by (3) stampeding bulls in the seventh day of Pamplona's world-famous “running of the bulls (4) festival” which was (5) immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

A 28-year-old man from Toronto was (6) wounded in his left (7) thigh and a 35-year-old Norwegian was gored in the right knee, the local government said. Neither of the injuries was life-threatening. Five other runners were hurt, including a 30-year-old (8) Pamplona resident who was in serious condition with head injuries after he took a fall. The early morning bull run is (9) the highlight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, which (10) attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Hundreds of runners, many of them foreigners, join in the 825-meter (half-mile) (11) dash through city streets from (12) a corral to (13) the bull ring, running ahead of six fighting bulls that will be killed by (14) matadors in the evening bull fight.

Nobody has (15) suffered life-threatening injuries. The last death during (16) the fiesta came in 1995, when a 22-year-old American was gored through the stomach.

New Words

(1) visitors from other countries (not from Spaina)
(2) a hole was put in them, in this case from a bull's horn
(3) many animals running together wildly, out of control
(4) a big event, a big celebration
(5) made famous
(6) a general word for hurt
(7) the upper part of the leg
(8) a normal person who lives in his own
(9) the best part or most interesting part
(10) pulls in or brings in
(11) run very fast
(12) a big open space with a fence, to keep bulls (or horses) inside
(13) the place where bull fight happen
(14) people who try to kill the bulls - they are "bull fighers"
(15) received or got
(16) the Spanish word for "festival"
Explanation: While preparing this lesson in July of 2009, another runner was killed during the running of the bulls, the first death since 1995. I guess they will still hold the festival next year and there will be many people willing to run with the bulls. Would you like to join them? (No, I would NOT!)

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