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People just don't follow the simplest travel advice: keep an eye on your personal belongings.

Even an American president with all his secret service men may suffer the possibility of getting robbed. See what happened to George W. Bush and American millionaire Robert Kraft, and be very careful next time you travel.

Do they want more than just to shake his hand?


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"Bushie! Bushie!" "Oh, my watch!"

旅遊的時候最重要的就是看好自己的東西啦~ 但是美國總統布希先生到了阿爾巴尼亞一趟 ,卻傳出布希的手錶在光天化日之下遭竊了。網路柯南們看了YouTube的影片之後,對於傳言的真假眾說紛紜!怎麼會有那麼大膽的小偷呢?到底是不是真的被偷呢?

Pudding: Hey, you know that Bush visited Albania a few months ago.

Bushy: Dunno.

Pudding: Anyways, rumor has it that his watch was robbed when he was deeply mired in the rapturous crowd. Come and watch this video. His watch vanishes within moments.

Bushy: (Looking at Pudding's computer screen.) Wow, that watch is indeed elusive. Maybe it is some secret service gadget that has a Mission Impossible feature: "This watch will self-destruct in ten seconds.”

Pudding: You know, you really are not as funny as you may wish.

Bushy: Alright. So it was swiped by one of the Albanians, maybe it is now sold on eBay, let me check.

Pudding: According to the White House, it was not lifted. They said that Bush took it off himself, and that it was put away safely. Bush wore it the other day to confirm that statement. But it does not prove anything. It’s only a fifty-dollar Timex, they might have just replaced it. No sweat.

Bushy: Hmm… (looking at the screen), maybe it’s this one. An austere Timex Indiglo sold from Albania, with an opening price of five dollars. That’s cheap… (placing a bid).

Pudding: Hey, check whether you can find a Super Bowl ring dubbed with 5 carats of diamonds.

Bushy: Ugh, I don’t want a gaudy bauble like that. Did Bush lose that one as well?

Pudding: No, the president of Russia, Valdimir Putin, pilfered it from Robert Kraft in 2005. Kraft owns the New England Patriots, the football team that won Super Bowl in 2004.

Bushy: Putin stole it! That's a smart move! The ring sounds like good stuff.

Pudding: Sure is. You can easily sell it on eBay at the cost of a small yacht.

Bushy: How did Putin pull it off? Weren’t there many journalists around when Putin and Kraft met?

Pudding: You bet, they even took pictures of Putin trying on that ring. Kraft only wanted to show off his glitzy ring when he gave the ring to Putin for a closer look. Unfortunately, Putin was too impressed. He thought it was a parting gift from the friendly American millionaire. After trying it on with a broad smile, he pocketed it and left.

Kraft's, oh no, Putin's
Super Bowl ring

Bushy: That’s smooth. And Kraft could not retrieve it because he did not want to be blamed for starting a World War by embarrassing Putin.

Pudding: Yes, he had to pretend to be exceptionally generous while he was agonizing inside.

Bushy: That’s the result of ignoring the standard advice for travelers: “Keep an eye on your personal belongings,” especially if you are a world leader or about to meet one.

 

 

Wordbank:

mire (v) 陷入泥淖;陷入困境
bauble (n) 小玩意兒 ,小裝飾品
raptuous (adj) 歡天喜地的;欣喜若狂的
pilfer (v) 偷竊(通常是少量的東西)
elusive (adj) 無法捉摸的
yacht (n) 遊艇
swipe (v) 擦過;[俚語]扒竊
pull off (v) 搞定(某事)
lift (v) [口語] 偷竊
glitzy (adj) [俚語] 炫燿的
austere (adj) 樸素的
impressed (adj) 印象深刻;受到感動
place a bid (v ph) 下標
pocket (v) 裝入口袋;侵占(款項等)
dub (v) 置入;配入
exceptionally (adv) 例外的;異常的
gaudy (adj) 華麗而俗氣的
agonize (v) 感到極度痛苦

 

Disclaimer:

The characters in this conversation are fictional. They are not neutral speakers. They are created as prejudiced and ignorant for the sake of entertainment. Their opinions do not stand for the stance of this newsletter.

The White House officially denies any theft during President Bush's visit in Albania. Robert Kraft have also openly stated that the ring is his gift to Putin.

 

相關連結:

The YouTube footage: Is Bush's watch really stolen? See for your self.

Times Online: Mystery of President Bush's watch in Albania

The Lede News Blog: Bush’s Watch Theft: Debunked

The New York Sun: Putin Pockets Patriots Ring

Boston Globe: For Putin, it's a gem of a cultural exchange

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