Short story: Secrets and Lies
In 1974, a Time magazine reporter doing research for a cover story on Jack Nicholson presented the actor with some disconcerting facts. He knew that the people whom he had been told were Nicholson's parents, John and Ethel May Nicholson, were actually his grandparents. Moreover, he knew that the woman whom he had been told was the actor's sister (June) was in fact John and Ethel May's eldest daughter. Why had Nicholson lied to him? He hadn't.
This was the first time Nicholson had learned of the cover-up himself! In 1937, the stigma of an unmarried woman giving birth was so great that the whole family had conspired to keep the truth a secret. "Such is the price of fame," he later quipped. "People start poking around in your private life, and the next thing you know your sister is actually your mother."
disconcerting - niepokojący, żenujący
a cover-up - próba zatuszowania faktów
a stigma - piętno
fame - sława
to quip - zażartować
to poke around - grzebać, szperać
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK
"No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home."
"Sukcesy w życiu zawodowym nigdy nie zrekompensują porażki w domu."
Benjamin Disraeli, British politician (1804 - 1881)
JOKE OF THE WEEK: Recognize me?
A very dirty little boy came in from playing in the playground and asked his mother, "Who am I?"
Ready to play the game she said, "I don't know! Who are you?"
"WOW!" cried the child. "Mrs. Johnson was right! She said I was so dirty, my own mother wouldn't recognize me!"
to recognize - rozpoznać
DID YOU KNOW?
Today, nearly one-third of all American children are born outside marriage.
Of those born within marriage, a great many will experience their parents' divorce before they reach age 18.
More than half of the nation's children will spend all or part of their childhood in never-formed or broken families.
In 1960, just 5.3 percent of children were born outside marriage.
Can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"
MONA LISA'S MOTHER:
"After all that money your father and I spent on braces, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"COLUMBUS' MOTHER:"I don't care what you've discovered, you still could have written!"
ALBERT EINSTEIN'S MOTHER:
"But it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something...?"
a ceiling - sufit
braces - aparat ortodontyczny
senior - tu: maturalny
CHECK YOUR VOCABULARY
Finish the sentences:
1.My grandmother's husband is my ________________ .
2.My mother's grandmother is my ________________ .
3.My brother's sister is my ________________ .
4.My daughter's son is my ________________ .
5.My aunt and uncle's daughter is my ________________ .
6.My cousins' father is my ________________ .
7.My wife's mother is my ________________ .
8.My daughter's brother is my ________________ .
9.My brother's daughter is my ________________ .
10.My parents' only child is ________________ .
1.grandfather; 2.great grandmother; 3.sister; 4.grandson; 5.cousin; 6.uncle; 7.mother-in-law; 8.son; 9.niece; 10.me