Death in a telephone box
A man is found dead in a pool of blood in a phone box.
The receiver is hanging down and there are two holes in the glass on each side of the phone box.
The police arrive but do not launch an investigation as they do not suspect neither murder nor suicide.
What is the man’s hobby?
How and why is the man dead?
The four sisters
Maria’s mother has four children.
The first child is called April.
The second is called May.
The third is called June.
What is the name of the fourth child?
The History of Halloween
Halloween, or Hallowe’en a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of All Hallows’ Day.
It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians abstain from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, eating instead apples, colcannon, potato pancakes and soul cakes.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica,
In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer.
The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about.
It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature.
In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death.
It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.
Halloween symbols, customs, and practices have had a variety of influences upon Western culture throughout history.
However, in early American history, Halloween was not celebrated due to America’s strong Christian heritage. It was not widely observed until the twentieth century. Initially, it was practiced only in small Irish Catholic settlements, until thousands of Irish migrated to America during the great potato famine and brought their customs with them.
To some degree, the modern American origin of Halloween is an Irish holiday with early origins in the Celtic winter festival.
Ireland is the only place in the world where Halloween is actually a national holiday.
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The mother and child
A mother is 21 years older than her child.
In exactly 6 years from now, the mother will be exactly 5 times as old as the child.
Where is the father?
So what’s an animated podcast ?
Good question !
It’s a podcast with pictures, learning tips and clues. In short, it’s just a helping hand to help you understand the conversation and the context.
This is Animated Podcast number 10 in a series of 10, in which each one has a specific focus and gets progressively more challenging.
In the tenth one, Mystery Shopping Trip, you can hear a 4 conversations between British speakers who are shopping. You have to guess what they are buying…. there are some clues but it’s still pretty tricky. You’ll learn so much everyday vocabulary !
Who is it designed for ?
It’s a perfect opportunity for new learners (pre-intermediate) to learn everyday vocabulary, nouns, adjectives and verbs.
It’s a great way for Intermediate learners to consolidate knowledge.
Enjoy and Welcome to the English Podcasts YouTube Channel !
Click here to listen to the podcast on Youtube
Six eggs in a basket
There are six eggs in a basket.
You take an egg out of the basket and ask 5 other people to each take an egg.
The five other people each take one of the eggs.
How can it be true that one egg is left in the basket?
For a clue – write what you think or a question in the comments below ↓