Short story: Vincent's Ear
In 1935 the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) sponsored America's first exhibition of the work of Vincent van Gogh. The American artist Hugh Troy - cynically assuming that many of those who flocked to the show were more interested in the lurid details of van Gogh's life than in his art - fabricated an "ear" from beef and mounted it in a small blue velvet display case above a card reading: "This was the ear that Vincent van Gogh cut off and sent to his mistress, a French prostitute, 24 December 1888." Troy's case was duly found by gallery staff and, prominently displayed, soon became a prime draw for the crowds.
to flock - tłumnie przybyć
lurid - niesamowity, trupi (o kolorze)
duly - w porę
a draw - atrakcja, wabik
PROVERB OF THE WEEK
All is not gold that glitters.
Nie wszystko złoto, co się świeci.
JOKE OF THE WEEK: Three Colour Jokes
- What happens when you throw a green rock into the Red Sea?
- It gets wet.
- What happens when you throw a red rock into the Black Sea?
- It sinks to the bottom.
- What fish is the most valuable?
- A goldfish.
DID YOU KNOW?
... dogs are not colourblind? It is a myth that dogs see a black and white world. Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have determined that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, so they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!
to be colourblind - być daltonistą
an ophthalmologist - okulista
Go fetch! - Aport!
The colours of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The phrase 'Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain' is often used to remember the colours.
The sun gives off light called white light. But this light is actually made up of seven different colour wavelengths. We get rainbows because the drops of rain in the sky act like lots of tiny little prisms. The white light from the sun shines through them and the raindrops separate it into the seven colours, forming a rainbow. There is a myth that a pot of gold lies at the end of every rainbow.
indigo - głęboko niebieski
a wavelength - fala
a prism - pryzmat
a pot - garnek, dzbanek
CHECK YOUR VOCABULARY
Complete the following idioms with appropriate colours.
1. Don't drink too much unless you want to see _____ elephants.
2. The thieves were caught ___ - handed and are in jail now.
3. After the fight he came home with a ______ eye.
4. I definitely spend too much money, I am in the ____ again.
5. John won the lotto again. He was really born with a ________ spoon in his mouth.
6. When she saw my new dress, she got _____ with envy.
1. pink, 2. red, 3. black, 4. red, 5. silver, 6. Green,