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1. Puma at large:
However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were extraordinarily similar.

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Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America.  Pumas are also called Cougars, Panthers and Mountain Lions.
Pumas are solitary cats and have the largest ranges of all wild terrestrial mammals in the Western Hemisphere. Their range extends from Yukon, Canada to the Southern Andes in South America. .


2.  Thirteen equals one:
Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired. The big clock which used to strike the hours, days and nights was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.

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REVERAND is an honorific title given to ordained clergy in most Christian churches.
* PRIEST on the other hand is a special term for an ordained minister of a Roman Catholic or Episcopal or Orthodox church (In Roman circles, the term refers to those who recite the Mass)
* VICAR is from the Latin word vicarius, meaning "a substitute." An English term referring to a priest in charge of a mission,  vicars are appointed to their mission by the local bishop to represent him or her.  Used today to describe an English priest in who is charge of a congregation.
* PASTOR usually an ordained leader of a Christian congregation

You can use man/woman of the cloth as a convenient catch-all!



3.  An unknown goddess: Some time ago,an interesting discovery was made by archaeologists on the Aegean(adj.爱琴海的;n.)island of Kea.An American team explored a temple which stands in an ancient city,
 The city at one time must have been prosperousfor it enjoyed a high level of civilization

Kea:  an island in the Aegean Sea, in Greece. Its capital, Ioulis, is inland at a high altitude (like most ancient settlements, for the fear of pirates) and is considered quite picturesque. After suffering depopulation for many decades, Kea has been recently rediscovered by Athens as a convenient destination for weekends and yachting trips. The population in 2001 was 2,417.



4. The Double life of Alfred Bloggs: These days, people who do manual work often receive far more money than clerks who work in offices. People who work in offices are frequently referred to as' white collar workers' for the simple reason that they usually wear a collar and tie to go to work. Such is human nature, that a great many people are often willing to sacrifice higher pay for the privilege of becoming white collar workers.

Manual labour or manual work is physical work done by people. It is most literally work done with the hands (the word "manual" comes from the Latin word for hand), it is work done with any of the muscles and bones of the body. For most of human prehistory and history, manual labour and its close cousin, animal labour, have been the primary ways that physical work has been accomplished.



5. The facts:
Editors of newspapers and magazines often go to extremes to provide their readers with unimportant facts and statistics. Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazine to write an article on the president's palace. The article began: 'Hundreds of steps lead to the high wall which surrounds the president's palace.' The editor at once

sent the journalist a fax instructing him to find out the exact number of steps, The poor man got  arrested, and  sent to prison. However, he had been allowed to send a cable in which he informed the editor that he had been arrested while counting the 1084 steps leading to the the president's palace.


Cable: used for telegraph communications. The first communications occurred August 16, 1858, reducing the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days – the time it took to deliver a message by ship – to a matter of minutes.

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