Les insolites

  • Honolulu says no to

    Honolulu says no to "phone zombies"

    Don’t text while walking! In Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, staring at your phone while crossing the street is now illegal. The city has passed a law that allows the police to fine pedestrians up to $35 dollars for staring at their phones while crossing the road. The bill states that “no pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device”. “This is really milestone legislation that sets the bar high for safety,” Brandon Elefante, the member of the city council who proposed the bill told the New York Times. In the United States, pedestrian deaths rose 11% in 2016 to nearly 6,000, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, which cited “an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology” as potential factors for the jump.

    to text/envoyer un texto, un SMS – while/ici, tout en - to stare at/regarder (fixement) - to cross/traverser - to pass/ici, voter – law/loi - to allow/autoriser - to fine/infliger une amende à – pedestrian/piéton – bill/proposition de loi - to state/stipuler – highway/grand-route, route nationale, autoroute - to view/regarder – device/appareil – milestone/historique - to set, set, set/fixer, mettre – safety/sécurité - city council/conseil municipal – death/mort, décès - to rise, rose, risen/augmenter – nearly/presque, près de - according to/selon – report/rapport, étude – increase/augmentation – primary/principal – growing/croissant, grandissant – jump/ici, hausse

    Publié le 9/11/2017
  • A doll to fight discrimination

    A doll to fight discrimination

    Her name is Alexa and she’s got a beautiful blond afro. In South Africa, a young designer has just introduced a doll with albinism to promote tolerance. The albino doll is part of the Malaville collection which celebrates natural hair and all skin tones. She was created to challenge prejudice and discrimination against albinism. “Teaching children from an early age will help change the views of a new generation for the better; they will then treat people with albinism as equals,” Alexa’s creator Mala Bryan said in an interview with The Huffington Post. Today, people with albinism are still persecuted, hunted down and killed for their body parts in eastern and southern Africa, and children are particularly at risk.

    doll/poupée – afro/coiffure afro – skin/peau – tone/ici, teinte, couleur - to challenge/remettre en question, s'opposer à – prejudice/préjugé(s) - to change sth for the better/modifier positivement qqch - to hunt down/traquer, pourchasser - at risk/menacé, en danger

    Publié le 3/10/2017
  • Bad idea

    Bad idea

    A teen fashion brand thought it was a good idea to put a neon sign in store which read "Send me nudes x". The London store, Missguided, which sells cheap clothes to the teen market, has since taken down the sign after a petition for its removal was signed by more than 8000 people in under 24 hours. "Teenage girls feel under increasing pressure to create and send nude pictures of themselves," it read. "Once online, these nude images can be seen and used by anyone, making girls and vulnerable young women the victims of bullying, revenge porn and exploitation."

    teen = teenager/adolescent - fashion brand/marque de vêtements - neon sign/enseigne lumineuse – nude/(photo de) nu – bullying/brimades, persécution - revenge porn/lit. "vengeance pornographique", pratique consistant à publier des images érotiques ou pornographiques d'une personne sans son consentement

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • The eye of the beholder

    The eye of the beholder

    A "blueish mass" of 17 contact lenses has been discovered in the eye of a British patient who was scheduled for cataract surgery. The 67-year-old was unaware that the contact lenses were missing, and later told surgeons that she thought her discomfort was due to dry eye and old age. A further 10 individual contact lenses were discovered in the woman's eye after further examination at Solihull Hospital. When the patient was seen two weeks after the lenses were removed, she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.

    beholder/réf. à la citation de Margaret Hungerford "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" la beauté est dans l'œil du spectateur – blueish/bleuâtre - contact lens/lentille de contact - to be scheduled for/ici, devoir subir – surgery/intervention chirurgicale – further/supplémentaire

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • DNA tracking

    DNA tracking

    A California burglary suspect has been arrested after police say he left a key piece of evidence at the crime scene when he forgot to flush the toilet. Investigators say Andrew Jensen's sample in the toilet bowl at the home in Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks matched DNA on an FBI database. The 42-year-old was arrested on 28 July nearly a year after the residential burglary in October 2016. Police said they collect any type of evidence left behind at crime scenes. Ventura County Sheriff's Office Detective Tim Lohman said the suspect "did his business and didn't flush it". "Most people don't assume or don't know that DNA can be obtained by other things besides hair and saliva," the police detective told BBC News.

    DNA/ADN – tracking/traçage – burglary/cambriolage - evidence (inv.)/preuve(s) - to flush the toilet/tirer la chasse d'eau – bowl/cuvette - to match/correspondre à - to assume/s'imaginer

    Publié le 28/08/2017
  • Blown away

    Blown away

    With North Korea test-firing ballistic missiles, Japan is in constant conflict over whether to become more militarily robust even though its constitution requires a low profile. When the country's defense minister recently suggested placing females into combat roles, constitutional law professor Shigeaki Iijima strongly objected, initiating the possibility that Japan's enemies might have bombs capable of blowing women's uniforms off, exposing their bodies.

    Publié le 3/07/2017
  • Yummy


    Scientists writing in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology recently recommended that parents not discourage children from picking their noses because snot contains a "rich reservoir of good bacteria" beneficial to teeth and overall health. The findings even suggest snot could defend against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV. The researchers are even working on a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to harness the dental benefits of bogies.

    Publié le 3/07/2017
  • Unfair


    Suzette Welton has been in prison in Alaska for 17 years based almost solely on now-debunked forensic evidence, but the state's lack of a clemency process means she cannot challenge her life sentence unless she proves "complete" innocence. Alaska Dispatch News says evidence that the fire that killed her son was "arson" was based not on science but on widely believed (but wrong) folklore on how intentional fires burn differently than accidental ones. The bogus arson "trademarks" are similar to those used to convict Texan Cameron Todd Willingham, who suffered an even worse fate than Welton's: Willingham was executed for his "arson" in 2004.

    Publié le 3/07/2017
  • A new word

    A new word

    Merriam-Webster just added "Sheeple" (a portmanteau of "sheep" and "people") to their dictionary and used Apple consumers as an example. The definition reads: "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced" and explains that it is a "derogatory term that highlights the passive herd behaviour of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about" or those who "voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research in large part because the majority of others possess a similar mindset".

    portmanteau/mot-valise (composé de…) – compliant/accommodant, complaisant – derogatory/péjoratif - herd behaviour/comportement grégaire (herd/troupeau) - to liken/apparenter, assimiler - to be led about/se laisser mener – mindset/mode de pensée, manière de voir

    Publié le 2/06/2017
  • Heal the world

    Heal the world

    An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study conducted by the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and the Centre for Conservation Science at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Henderson Island, part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish from boats and South America. Researchers hope people will "rethink their relationship with plastic". The condition of the island highlighted how plastic debris has affected the environment on a global scale, Dr Lavers said. "Almost every island in the world and almost every species in the ocean is now being shown to be impacted one way or another by our waste," she said. "There's not really any one person or any one country that gets a free pass on this."

    to heal/guérir (Heal the world, titre de Michael Jackson, 1991) - to be littered with/être jonché de – waste/déchets – beach/plage – rubbish/détritus, déchets – researcher/chercheur – condition/ici, situation - to highlight/mettre en relief - on a global scale/à l'échelle mondiale - to get, got, got a free pass/ici, être exempté, être à l'abri

    Publié le 2/06/2017

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