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獵狗持槍射擊獵人..?

Hunting can be dangerous. You know, if hunting involves waving a gun around and shooting at anything that moves, something bad is bound to happen one day.

Recently, something bad did happen, but it was not just bad, it was also very strange. A dog shot a hunter with a rifle. What? How could that happen?! Well, read on!

So who is hunting who today?


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Hunting Accidents

雖然打獵真是一種還滿殘忍的休閒活動,在美國還是有不少人樂在其中。只是,拿著槍到處射畢竟有點危險,美國副總統錢尼就曾經發生過知名的霧社事件,呃,是誤射事件。最近又有更扯的打獵意外啦,看來還真不能大意。快來看看發生了什麼事唄。

Lassie: (Laughing) Bambi, come and watch this. This is hilarious. Dick Cheney, the Vice President of America, shot a 78-year-old lawyer in the face during a hunting trip. Apparently, Cheney mistook his fellow hunter for a covey of quails. Hahahaha.

Bambi: Lassie, calm down. That accident happened more than a year ago, and the uproar over it has pretty much died down by now. Why do you mention it now?

Lassie: That’s perplexing. This talk show host is still cracking jokes about it as if it happened just yesterday.

Bambi: (glancing at the TV) Oh, that’s a rerun. You know, the writers for television and films in America are having a strike. They stopped writing scripts for shows and took up picketing the big studios instead. Without writers, most channels play reruns to fill the hours for the time being.

Lassie: Oh-oh, that’s too bad. I was hoping that this news will remind people how dangerous hunting is, but if the news is already a year old, and people are still hunting. Well…

Bambi: Hey, Lassie. You know, my mom is killed by hunters, and that’s why I hate people that hunt for recreation. But do you have any reasons to hate hunters? Nobody hunts dogs.

Lassie: Yeah, but the hunters like to bring hunting dogs with them. Do you know that hunters wake you up at 2 o’clock in the morning, and ask you to retrieve dead birds all the time?

Bambi: Lassie, you are a sheepdog, nobody brings a sheepdog on hunting trips.

Lassie: Yeah, but I have friends who suffered from chronic fatigue and severe psychological trauma because of those hunting trips!

Bambi: (Reading the newspaper) Hey, here is some interesting news to remind people of the danger of hunting. A few days ago, another hunter was shot accidentally. But it’s not by a fellow hunter this time, it’s by his hunting dog. That dog is probably one of your friends.

Lassie: Might be! That’s cool. How did the dog do that, pull the trigger with its ear or something? I do know a Golden Retriever with freakishly strong ears…

Bambi: It appears that the dog simply stepped on the guy’s gun and tripped the trigger. And then up to 120 pellets hit the hunter in the calf at short range.

Lassie: Ouch, sounds painful. Hey, that would be a good topic for a new movie in support of animal rights… Oh, right, the script writers are on strike… Bambi, maybe I can write the script and star in it!

Bambi: Seriously, Lassie, I doubt that your paws are dexterous enough to trigger a gun, let along typing a whole movie script on a keyboard.

 

Wordbank:

hilarious (adj) 爆笑的
retrieve (v) 收回;(獵狗)銜回(獵物)
covey (n) 群 (esp. 鵪鶉的)
sheepdog (n) 牧羊犬
quail (n) 鵪鶉
chronic (adj) 長期的;慢性的
uproar (n) 騷動;喧囂
fatigue (n) 疲勞
perplexing (adj) 令人費解的
severe (adj) 嚴重的;嚴厲的
talk show host (n) 脫口秀主持人
trauma (n) 創傷
crack a joke (v ph) [口語]說笑話
trigger (n) 扳機
glance (v) 快速的看一下
Golden Retriever (n) 黃金獵犬
rerun (n) 重播
freakishly (adv) 反常地
strike (n) 罷工
step on (v ph) 踩
script (n) 劇本
trip (v) 絆到;絆倒
picket (v) 包圍;設置警戒哨
pellet (n) 彈丸;小球
studio (n) 製片廠;攝影棚
calf (n) 小腿

for the time being (ph) 眼下;暫時

paw (n) 爪子
recreation (n) 休閒;消遣
dexterous (adj) 靈巧的;敏捷的(esp. 手)

 

相關連結:

CNN: Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter

BBC: Strike set to silence talk shows

BBC: Dog shoots Iowa man during hunt

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