Story 096a


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2. In the beginning, pants had no ___. Men would be carrying purses today if pants still had no ___.
5. Coke and Pepsi are two of the most popular ___s sold today. (Have you ever tried Cream ___?)
7. Trousers with no pockets are an ___ion to the rule. (Except for women.)
8. The ___ section of a stadium or theater is where the cheap seats are.
10. When you're ___, the solution is a cold soft drink. (Or just plain water!)
11. In the old days, the iceman delivered a ___ of ice to your home so that you could put it into your icebox.
12. When you carry your ___ onto the beach, it's full of ice and sodas. (And a beer or two?)
14. If your trousers are too tight, you might ___ them in two if you squat down. (That's why you should always wear underwear.)
15. Even if a baseball team has a big lead in the top of the ___ inning, it can still lose the game.
18. Everyone thinks that the Baby Ruth ___ bar was named after Babe Ruth, the famous baseball player.
19. During a baseball game, fans tell the umpire that he's ___ when he makes a bad call.
20. ___ soda and ___ drink are not made from ___s; they just have ___ flavoring. (___ JUICE is made from ___s.)
22. At school, if you don't make the varsity baseball team, you end up on the ___ varsity team.
25. If the air is ___, you won't even see a leaf fluttering because there is no breeze.
27. If a plane is ___ing the runway too fast, the pilot will pull up and make another attempt at landing. (Or make a crash landing!)
29. Snickers, Baby Ruth, Milky Way, and Butterfinger are among kids' favorite candy ___s. (Adults love them, too!)
30. If you ___ just a moment or two, I'll be right with you. If you can't wait, please come back later.
33. Manufacturers put products in ___ cans and packages that sparkle to catch your eye.
34. Fans at a baseball game will ___ for the team that they like.
36. Don't leave home without your wallet, and don't ___ home without a little gift for your wife.
37. A glove is as necessary to a baseball player as a sharp ___ is to a butcher.
38. The ___ of a baseball team fires and hires the manager, the players, and even the peanut vendors.
39. If you are doing something you shouldn't be doing, you will be ___d by the slightest sound. (Your guilt is shouting at you!)
40. When you are ___ and there's nothing to eat at home, you go to either a restaurant or a grocery store.


1. Coke and Pepsi are two of the most popular soft drink ___s in the world.
2. If you look suspicious, airport security might ___ you down after you empty your pockets. (Then they might ask you to strip!)
3. The peanut ___ at a major league baseball game is behind the outfield or high up in the nosebleed ___.
4. Why is the soda called root ___ when it doesn't have any ___ in it? (Some brands don't have any root, either!)
5. ___ing something is the same as getting a 100% discount (or a 'five-finger discount').
6. Sometimes you have to ___ around in your pockets to find a penny so you don't have to break a dollar.
9. If you're going to succeed at baseball or any other sport, you have to ___ daily.
13. If you head is ___ with thoughts about your girlfriend, you won't be able to focus on your homework.
14. Even the best knife requires ___ening from time to time.
16. If you have a good ___, develop it. It might be worth millions if you can patent it.
17. People will often raise their voice to give ___ to their words. (In print, we use CAPITALS to show ___.)
19. No matter your age, it's always nice to have a ___ friend that you trust and can confide in.
21. Your eyes ___ automatically as you walk from a dimly lit room into the bright outdoors.
23. Many boys today seem to like wearing large, ___ pants that hang well below their waist.
24. Baseball has several minor leagues, but there is only one ___ league. (That's where the money is!)
25. It's polite to say '___' to a man and 'ma'am' to a woman--as in, 'Yes, __,' or 'Yes, ma'am.'
26. There are 30 teams in 28 cities in major ___ baseball--New York and Chicago have two teams each.
28. Many small communites have only a grocery ___ and a liquor ___. (Sometimes they're the same ___!)
29. On a major league baseball field, the distance ___ each base is exactly 90 feet.
31. If you're unlucky, when you have two choices, you always manage to ___ the wrong one.
32. A butcher ___s off all the fat around a piece of meat before selling it. (He's careful not to ___ off a finger.)
35. If you're looking for peace and quiet, don't go to a baseball game where everyone is ___ing at the players and umpires.