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April Fools' Day: 10 stories that look like pranks but aren't


1. Japan's biggest airway company, All Nippon Airways, started selling tickets for dinner inside their parked airplanes - at $540 a meal! It has already added more slots for April after the first batch sold out.


2. The Voice judge Will.i.am has described his diet as "liquitarian", saying that he refuses to chew food on a Monday. He said since Christmas he only eats solid foods on certain days of the week. On the other days, his meals are all blended and he drinks juice every other hour.


3. An eco-friendly hair salon is planning to use customers' hair to help clean up the ocean. The owner says hair doesn't absorb water but it does absorb oil. After having a hair cut, customers' locks will be collected and used to soak up coastal oil spills.


4. A robot lizard has been built that can climb up walls just like the real thing. A team at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, created the robot to study lizards' movements and what makes them so efficient. They found that, for lizards and robots alike, moving not too fast and not too slow is best.


5. The Queen keeps a personal box of chocolates with her, so no-one else can eat them. Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen's second cousin, revealed Her Majesty's habit recently.


6. A mystery virus is affecting black bears in the US, making them friendlier than usual towards humans. Unfortunately if untreated, the rare condition can be deadly.


7. A rescue pony has been undertaking an unusual role during lockdown - delivering novels to members of a book club. Micky the pony has been providing the service to members of the Hullavington Book Group in Wiltshire so they can continue to meet virtually.


8. One unlucky man in New Mexico found 15,000 bees in his car after leaving the supermarket. He had left his window down while shopping, and did not notice the insects until he started driving away. Luckily for him, a firefighter was able to save him.


9. Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke has been handing out handfuls of cash in the street. The actor, 95, was seen withdrawing money at a bank and then giving it out in Malibu, California, to people queuing at an organization that helps people find jobs.


10. A comic book is being published about new US First Lady Jill Biden. A matching coloring book will also be launched when the book is published later this month. It's part of the "Female Force" series of books, focusing on women who have made a difference around the world.


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VOCABULARY


April Fools' Day

The English name given to the 1st of April, when people play jokes and pranks on each other.


Prank (noun)

A practical joke you play on someone.


Slot (noun)

Here: an allocated place in a schedule.


Batch (noun)

A pre-determined amount of things that are put on sale, for example.


To chew (verb)

To break food with your teeth.


Blended, to blend (verb)

To process solids into liquid using a blender.


Lock (noun)

Here: A piece of a person's hair that hangs together.


Second cousin (noun)

The child of one's parent's cousin.


Undertaking, to undertake (verb)

To perform, to carry out a task or duty.


Handful (noun)

A considerable amount of something.


Withdrawing, to withdraw (verb)

Here: to take money from your bank account either at the cashier or at an ATM.

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