Story 048a


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3. After an earthquake, inspectors will check buildings for ___ damage. Sometimes a damaged building can be repaired.
6. If you ___ someone else's car in a parking lot, you should leave a note with your name and phone number on it. (Does ANYONE do this?)
7. Street ___s in Panama used to sell something called 'meat on a stick' (25 cents in 1965). It was delicious!
9. When the stock market ___es, some people think about selling everything. Or jumping off the nearest bridge..
11. A Chilean boat ___d a man who was trying to sail solo around the world. A storm capsized his small boat.
12. The Warren Commission ___d the JFK assassination and found (1964) that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president.
14. If you have advanced cancer, chances are pretty good that you will ___ a lot before it kills you.
16. US citizens increasingly worry that local, state, and national elections are ___ged. (Is the fix in?)
17. If your car or bike tire gets ___d, it will go flat. And your journey will be delayed.
18. If you drink too much ___, your breath will stink and your vision will blur. (And your girlfriend will leave you.)
19. To ___ your weight, cut back on snacks and start exercising. Eat plain salads, with little or no dressing. (Yuck!)


1. The 'B' in NBC, ABC, and CBS stands for ___ing. (It doesn't stand for 'brilliant.')
2. Sometimes a train ___ is arrested for causing a rail accident because he was smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol. ('What accident?' he said.)
3. In heavy fog, speeding vehicles will accidentally ___ into one another. Sometimes more than 100 vehicles will be involved in one huge accident.
4. If you eat too much fresh garlic, your breath will ___. People will back away from you while they offer you a pack (or two) of chewing gum.
5. Al Michaels asked, 'Do you believe in ___s?!' when the US hockey team miraculously beat the Soviets in 1980.
8. Every April you have to pay taxes based on your ___ earnings. If all your earnings are under the table, you can laugh at the tax man.
10. The invention of the wheel ___ly improved the life of man. (Although indoor plumbing is a close second.)
13. Always keep your receipt when you ___ something, in case you have to return the item.
15. Many cars have disc ___s up front and drum ___s in the rear. A popular excuse in an accident is, 'My ___s failed!' (Sure.)
16. Criminals will use violence, or threaten you with it, in order to ___ you. (Always leave your money and wallet at home!)
17. The Santa Monica ___ is a popular place for visitors to stroll and shop, and for anglers to fish. (But don't eat the fish!)