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dateline: 17 April 2019

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”Florida Man” Google Search Goes Viral

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • wacky: odd; often funny
  • headline: the title of a news story
  • break into: to force entry into a locked or restricted area
  • hologram: a picture made with lasers that looks 3-D (three-dimensional)
  • go viral: to be shared by many online

”Florida Man” Google Search Goes Viral

Googling “Florida Man” to find and wacky news from America’s “Sunshine State” is one of the latest on the Internet. The search term “Florida Man” results in headlines and news stories that often seem odd to be true. The headlines typically feature crazy crimes by Floridian males; for example, “Florida Man of Throwing Pancake Batter at Woman,” “Florida Man Breaks Into Jail to Hang with Friends,” and “Florida Man Claims Wife was by Holograms.” While some Internet users have been having fun with “Florida Man” for several years, googling Florida Man plus one’s is the latest Internet challenge to go viral.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this report mainly about?
  2. Who is “Florida Man”?
  3. Why does the report mention birthdays?

Discussion Question

While it may be fun to participate in the “Florida Man” birthday challenge, why is it not a wise idea to share your results online for all to see?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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