The Hare Dryer


Have I told you about the Angora rabbit in Perth, Australia? No? Well, it's an amazing story! A friend of mine told it to me. He said it was true! Anyway this couple in Perth didn't have any children so they bought an Angora rabbit - you know, the one with long fluffy white hair and little red eyes. They loved this rabbit. They kissed it and cuddled it and called it "sweetheart" and all that sort of thing. Anyway the couple next door had a small dog - you know, the sort that bites postmen on the ankle. And they said, "If our dog ever gets hold of that rabbit it's going to be a very dead rabbit!"

-----------------------------what you you think happens next?

Anyway, one day they came downstairs and saw their dog in the garden going, "Grrrr! Grrrr!" So they went into the garden and found it had got a very dead rabbit in its mouth. The neighbours weren't at home and the car wasn't in the driveway so the couple with the dog took the rabbit inside the house and put it on the kitchen table. "They are going to be so upset if they know our dog killed their rabbit! What are we going to do?"

-----------------------------what you you think happens next?

They looked at the rabbit and saw that it was very dirty but otherwise looked fine. That's when they had a clever idea.

-----------------------------what you you think their clever idea is?

"Why don't we clean it and put it back in the cage? Then maybe they'll think the rabbit died of a heart attack or something. They won't know it was our dog that killed it."
So they took the dirty rabbit to the bathroom and they washed its fur with shampoo and warm water. Then they dried its wet fur carefully with a hair dryer so the fur became nice and white and fluffy again. Finally, they raced outside and put the sweet smelling, dead rabbit back into its hutch and then went back home.

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A little while later the couple came home. They drove their car up the driveway, then stopped, got out and walked across the garden crying. Suddenly they stopped and began to scream and hold each other! The couple with the dog ran out and said over the garden fence, "Is everything all right?"
"No!" they replied, "It's the rabbit!"
"What's wrong with it?"

-----------------------------what you you think the couple said?

"It's back in its cage!"
"What's wrong with that?"
"Well, it died yesterday and we buried it!"

Task: Retell the story to your partner


Source: My own retelling of a popular urban legend


The View


My friend, Patricia, used to work in a hospital for elderly people. She told me about two very ill, old men who lay in their beds all day in a small dark room. The old men couldn't move. The one old man lay in the bed beside a window. He looked out of the window all day and he used to describe everything he saw to his friend in the other bed. He talked about the little children playing by the river and the families having picnics and the boats going past. He described the young romantic couples walking along the green river banks in the sunshine. And he described the beautiful and graceful swans swimming in the water. In winter, he described the white snow that fell and the delight on the faces of the children having snow fights. The other patient loved these stories very much. One day, the man by window died. His friend was very sad. He asked Misha if he could move to his friend's bed. Misha asked why he wanted to move. He said "I've been in this room for seven months and I'd love to lie by the window and see the world again.

------------------------------------ What do you think Patricia said?

"But," said Misha, there's nothing outside this window. Just a solid brick wall.

Task: Retell the story to your partner


Source: My own retelling of a story I remember from when I was a child



Lover’s Lane



A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for some soft, romantic music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl.

A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an news person’s voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum — which happened to be located not far from Lovers' Lane — and that anyone who noticed a strange man lurking about with a hook in place of his right hand should immediately report his whereabouts to the police.

The girl became frightened and asked to be taken home. The boy, feeling bold, locked all the doors instead and, assuring his date they would be safe, attempted to kiss her again. She became angry and pushed him away, insisting that they leave. Relenting, the boy peevishly jerked the car into gear and spun its wheels as he rode out of the parking space.

When they arrived at the girl's house she got out of the car, and, reaching to close the door, began to scream uncontrollably. The boy ran to her side to see what was wrong and there, dangling from the door handle, was a bloody hook!

Task: Take turns to tell the story to your partner.

Source: About.com Urban Legends