Les insolites

  • Fire!


    A man from Gloversville, New York, was arrested for allegedly breathing fire on three different occasions at public places. According to police, Jeffrey Wasula, 35, was observed committing the action three times inside places of business and worship as well as near a gas pump last month. He was charged with three counts of Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. He was sent to Fulton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

    allegedly/prétendument - to breathe/ici, cracher (aussi, respirer) - according to/selon, d'après – time/fois – worship/culte - as well as/ainsi que - gas pump/pompe à essence - to charge sb with/accuser, inculper qn (de), mettre qn en examen (pour) – count/chef d'accusation – reckless/imprudent, inconsidéré – disorderly/troublant l'ordre public – conduct/conduite, comportement – county/comté (aux États-Unis, collectivité locale la plus importante à l’intérieur d’un État) – facility/infrastructure; ici, centre - in lieu of/au lieu de – bail/caution – bond/obligation

    Publié le 6/04/2016
  • What’s in a name

    What’s in a name

    In San Francisco, a man was surprised when his bank refused to clear a payment to his dog walker because of his pet’s ‘suspicious’ name. He added the name of his dog, Dash, as a reference when attempting to complete the online banking transaction, prompting the bank to stop his cheque. The bank explained they did not process the payment because the name of his nine-year-old pit-bull mix pet sounded a bit like Daesh. Mr Francis, who suffers from a rare form of MS and depends on his dog on a daily basis, said he could not believe the reason why his payment was stopped.

    to clear/accepter (chèque) – pet/animal de compagnie - to attempt/tenter - to complete/ici, effectuer; aussi, terminer - to prompt/déclencher, provoquer - to process/traiter, prendre en compte, accepter – mix/croisement, croisé - MS = multiple sclerosis/sclérose en plaques - to depend on/compter sur, être dépendant de - on a daily basis/au quotidien

    Publié le 6/04/2016
  • Stuck on you

    Stuck on you

    A teenager needed rescuing from a baby swing by fire fighters earlier this month. The 14-year-old became stuck after forcing his way into the swing in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Fire crews were then called to the play area behind Knaresborough Community Centre. Fire fighters used a socket set and small gear to release the trapped teenager, leaving him with just a bruised ego.

    to become, became, become stuck/se retrouver coincé – teenager/adolescent - to rescue/secourir; ici, délivrer, libérer – swing/balançoire - fire fighter/pompier – crew/équipe, brigade - socket set/coffret de douilles – gear/équipement, matériel - to release/libérer - to be trapped/être piégé-ici, coincé – bruised/blessé, meurtri

    Publié le 1/04/2016
  • 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

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