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dateline: 08 December 2015

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Boy Fishes Money from the Danube River

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • euros: a common currency used in much of the European Union
  • Danube: the second-largest river in Europe; flows from Germany to the Black Sea
  • witness: a person who sees a crime or accident take place
  • commit suicide: to purposely kill oneself
  • verify: to confirm that something is real (not fake)

Boy Fishes Money from the Danube River

Banknotes worth one-hundred thousand euros were found floating down the Danube river in Vienna last weekend. A boy spotted the cash and jumped in the river to retrieve the money. A witness, who thought the boy was trying to commit suicide, contacted the . The money was taken to police headquarters, where it was verified as real that is not known to be connected to any crime. According to an Austrian law, the boy may receive 5 to 10% of the of the money, and could claim the whole sum if no owner comes forward within a year.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who discovered the money?
  2. How much money was discovered?
  3. Why did the police arrive on the scene?

Discussion Questions: Should the expression finders keepers* apply here, or do you think the police should find another use for lost money?

*whoever finds something has the right to keep it

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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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