Les insolites

  • Broken windows

    Broken windows

    A reported prank call about a fake gas leak at a Burger King in Morro Bay, California, led to extensive damage to windows of the business last month. According to reports, employees received a call from someone indicating they were a representative from the Fire Department advising of an emergency. The caller stated windows needed to be broken to ventilate the business. All of the windows were then broken. The case is now being investigated by the Police Department.

    to report/signaler, rapporter - prank call/canular téléphonique - fake/faux, bidon - leak/fuite - extensive/important - damage (inv.)/dégâts, dommages - report/ici, témoignage - fire department (US), fire brigade (GB)/pompiers, services d'incendie - to advise/avertir, informer - to state/indiquer

    Publié le 4/03/2016
  • In case of zombie emergency

    In case of zombie emergency

    One of Amazon’s online web services include exemptions that allow it to be used in the event of a zombie attack. The company announced its new game engine, Lumberyard, last month. The tool is free for developers to use and will help them create their own games, so long as they buy cloud services for the games through Amazon. The Lumberyard Materials can only be used in line with the company’s acceptable use policy. But that restriction is waived in the event that the US Centers for Disease Control says that there has been a zombie outbreak. The rules will be lifted if there is an occurrence "of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization".

    emergency/urgence - to allow/autoriser - game engine/moteur de jeu - so long as/du moment que - cloud services/services cloud (exploitant la puissance de calcul et de stockage de serveurs distants) – material/contenu - in line with/conformément à - that restriction is waived in the event that.../il est possible de lever cette restriction si...(to waive/déroger, renoncer à) – disease/maladie – outbreak/épidémie - to lift/lever - if there is an occurrence of/en cas de – widespread/généralisé – bite/morsure – bodily/corporel – corpse/cadavre - to seek, sought, sought/to chercher (à) – flesh/chair – blood/sang – brain/cerveau - nerve tissue/tissu nerveux

    Publié le 4/03/2016
  • Fantômas is back!

    Fantômas is back!

    A mysterious masked man using the pseudonym "Fantômas" has been mimicking a fictional 20th century master of disguise to drop toe sculptures in art galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sporting a white suit, waistcoat, bow-tie and a top hat, the masked man has been breaking gallery rules, sticking life-sized toe art on the walls of some of the city’s best-known cultural venues. He also leaves behind a hand-written calling card bearing the name "Fantômas," the title of an infamous villain from a series of 32 pre-World War One French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. The motives of the man remain a riddle.

    to mimic/imiter – disguise/déguisement, travestissement - to drop/ici, déposer – toe/orteil – art/ici, œuvre d'art - to sport/arborer, porter – suit/costume – waistcoat/gilet - bow tie/nœud papillon - to stick, stuck, stuck/coller, accrocher - life-sized/grandeur nature – venue/lieu (public) - calling card (US) = visiting card (GB)/carte de visite – infamous/tristement célèbre – villain/méchant, scélérat – thriller/ roman à suspense – riddle/énigme

    Publié le 4/03/2016
  • Fancy some curry?

    Fancy some curry?

    A recipe for chicken curry has been discovered in an English cookbook from more than 200 years ago in one of the earliest examples of the birth of the national obsession with Indian cuisine. The hand-written recipe, which includes chicken, rice powder, curry powder and veal gravy, was one of 142 in a book created by the cook at Begbrook House near Bristol in 1793, The Daily Telegraph reported. It was found by monks after a private collection of books was donated to Downside Abbey in Radstock, Somerset, by descendants of the family who lived at Begbrook, which was burned down by suffragettes in 1913.

    to fancy/avoir envie de - recipe/recette - powder/poudre - gravy/sauce au jus de viande - to report/indiquer - monk/moine - suffragette/au début du XXe siècle, militante britannique qui manifestait pour le droit de vote des femmes

    Publié le 28/01/2016
  • Glow in the dark

    Glow in the dark

    A barefooted burglar who was sprayed with invisible paint during a break-in was caught when police shone a UV light on his feet and they glowed green. John Richards was seen on CCTV being doused with the traceable liquid by a security system at a business in Ludlow, Shropshire. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary at Shrewsbury Crown Court. Police said it was the "first success" in an operation using covert technology to tackle burglaries in the area. Richards was barefoot in a bid to creep around quietly but left footprints in the SmartWater UV paint which was found inside his boots and on a stolen cash box, police said.

    to glow/luire, briller - barefooted/(aux) pieds nus - burglar/cambrioleur - to spray/asperger - break-in/cambriolage - to shine, shone, shone/ici, braquer - CCTV = closed-circuit television/caméras de surveillance - to douse/arroser, asperger - to plead guilty/plaider coupable - Crown Court/litt. Cour de la couronne, tribunal chargé de juger les affaires pénales graves en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles - covert/ici, dissimulé, camouflé - to tackle/s’attaquer à - bid/tentative, effort - to creep, crept, crept around/se glisser, se faufiler - footprint/empreinte - cash box/caisse

    Publié le 28/01/2016
  • No selfie allowed

    No selfie allowed

    Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have identified 16 dangerous selfie spots after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell in to the sea while taking a photo of herself. The spots include the major tourist attractions of Girgaum Chowpatty beach and Marine Drive promenade as well as the site where the 18-year-old slipped last month, the deputy commissioner, Dhananjay Kulkarni, said. Police patrolling the selected areas have been briefed to warn people against taking selfies, he said.

    selfie/autoportrait (pris avec un téléphone portable et destiné à la diffusion sur les réseaux sociaux) - to allow/autoriser - spot/endroit, lieu - to drown/se noyer - to slip/glisser, ici tomber - deputy commissioner/commissaire adjoint - to be briefed to…/recevoir l'ordre de… - to warn against/mettre en garde concernant

    Publié le 28/01/2016
  • Energy kill

    Energy kill

    A town council in North Carolina has rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after one resident voiced fears it would "suck up all the energy from the sun" and another, a retired science teacher, said it could hinder photosynthesis in the area and stop plants from growing. Another mentioned that no one could tell her solar panels didn't cause cancer. Other residents feared the effect it would have on the price of their homes. The solar panel company representative (probably with a sigh) told the meeting the only sunlight used would be that which fell on the panels directly and that the panels don't draw additional sunlight.

    town council/conseil municipal - to rezone/ici, relocaliser - to voice/exprimer - to suck up/absorber, ici monopoliser – retired/à la retraite - to hinder/gêner, entraver – panel/panneau – sigh/soupir – sunlight/lumière solaire - to draw, drew, drawn/ici, utilizer

    Publié le 29/12/2015
  • A lot of dead fish

    A lot of dead fish

    All the fish in a lake in Bristol are to be removed and euthanized in a bid to discourage fishing. In 2014, the local Neighbourhood Partnership voted to ban fishing at St George Park lake to stop wildlife being harmed by fishing line and hooks. It has now approved an option proposed by Bristol City Council to destroy the fish rather than relocate them. But Maggie Waldon, from the Friends of St George Park Group, said it did not support "outright killing of the fish". The old boating lake, according to Ms Waldon, was stocked with fish about 20 years ago and has been used as a fishing lake for many years. "It's become very run down and there are far too many fish in there to support any kind of ecosystem," she admitted. "We would really like to reduce the number of fish but we don't support the outright killing of the fish. There are some fish that are very unwell in which case that's fair enough but our policy would be to relocate them and find them new homes." But Rob Acton-Campbell, chairman of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, said it "would be more expensive to try and move them".

    in a bid to/pour tenter de (bid/tentative) - to ban/interdire – wildlife/animaux sauvages, faune - to harm/faire du mal à, blesser – hook/crochet - to relocate/ici, installer dans un nouvel endroit – outright/pur et simple – boating/de canotage, de plaisance - to stock/remplir - run down/ici, laissé à l'abandon – chairman/président

    Publié le 29/12/2015
  • Drive

    Drive

    The Registry of Motor Vehicles has allowed a Massachusetts woman to wear a spaghetti strainer on her head in her driving licence picture as an expression of her "Pastafarian" religion. The RMV does not allow drivers to wear hats in their pictures, unless it is for a medical or religious purpose. She won her appeal with the RMV thanks to the help of an attorney associated with the American Humanist Association. "As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV," she said. "While I don’t think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have."

    Publié le 26/11/2015
  • Sing along

    Sing along

    Singing acts as a "bonding behaviour" among adults, making it easier for people to make new friends, psychologists at Oxford University have found. A study published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal watched how strangers’ relationships progressed over several months of creative writing, craft and singing classes. Out of seven courses, the singers became closer much quicker – a result attributed the ice-breaking "power of a good sing-song". Dr Eiluned Pearce, who led the research at Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology, said: "One of the key differences between humans and other primates is that we can exist in much larger social groups".

    Publié le 26/11/2015

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