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The Haunted Vending Machine in Seattle, Washington

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Pre-listening vocabulary

  • mysterious: unusual and hard to understand
  • discontinue: to stop making a certain product
  • curious: interested in learning the truth about something
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area
  • tourist: a person who is visiting a place
  • restock: to put in a new supply of products

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Haunted Vending Machine in Seattle, Washington

For over 15 years, there was a mysterious vending machine on a street in the city of Seattle. The machine looked like it was very old, and no one knew exactly where it came from. Each on the machine was labelled “mystery”, and putting in the right of money would cause it to dispense a random can of pop. Some of these were drinks that had been discontinued for decades, which made residents and tourists very curious about where they came from. No one was ever seen restocking the machine. Two years ago, it from its spot on the street. In its place, there was a note that said “went for a walk”. The machine still has not been .

Comprehension questions

1. The vending machine appeared to be

Correct! Wrong!

The vending machine appeared to be very old.

2. Tourists and residents were curious about the machine because

Correct! Wrong!

Tourists and residents were curious about the machine because the drinks that came out were ones that had been discontinued.

3. The machine disappeared

Correct! Wrong!

The machine disappeared 2 years ago.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Many people believe that this machine was operated by a ghost. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?

Transcript

For over 15 years, there was a mysterious vending machine on a street corner in the city of Seattle. The machine looked like it was very old, and no one knew exactly where it came from. Each button on the machine was labelled “mystery”, and putting in the right amount of money would cause it to dispense a random can of pop. Some of these were drinks that had been discontinued for decades, which made residents and tourists very curious about where they came from. No one was ever seen restocking the machine. Two years ago, it disappeared from its spot on the street. In its place, there was a note that said “went for a walk”. The machine still has not been found

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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