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In the old dayseveryregion had its own system of measurement. The British, for
example, usedfeet and inches, while the Danesusedthumbs and palms. Fortunately, all
thisconfusionchangedthanks to the insight of two scientists.
JeanDelambre and PierreMechainwereastronomers who knewthat the worldneeded
a unifiedsystem of measurement. Theydecidedthat the baseunit for thisshould be one
ten-millionth of the distancebetween the NorthPole and the equator. Theycalledthisunit
the meter, after the Greekword for “a measure.”
In 1792, the two scientistsdecided to calculate the new measure by measuring the
distancebetweenDunkirk, France and Barcelona, Spain. Starting at Paris, Delambrewould go north and Mechainwouldheadsouth. During the measurement, war broke out
betweenFrance and Spain, and Mechain was trapped in enemyterritory. Later, the
Spanishrealized the importance of the metricsystem, so theyprovided a militaryescort to
protect the scientist. Thingswere no better for Delambre, who facedhostilemobs and
accusations of sorcery!
Despitethesedifficulties, the survey was completed, and slowly the systembegan to
gainpopularityaround the world. Although the systemspread, the definition of a meter
had to change, due to errors in the scientists’ measurements. It turned out a meterwasn’t
actually one ten-millionth of the distancebetween the NorthPole and the equator. Today,
a meter is defined as 1/299,792,458 of the distancelighttravels in a vacuum in one
second. 【題組】44.According to the article, what can we learnabout Amy Chua?
(A) She thinks of herself as a soft-spokenmother.
(B) She believes the way her parentsraised her is correctprobablybecause she
has beenexcellent and successful.
(C) She can’t agreewithcriticisms of her more.
(D) She has beentolerant of her children’s mistakes.
Imaginebeingbornwithoutarms. No arms to wraparoundsomeone, or to holdanotherhandwith. Or whataboutbeingbornwithoutlegs? Having no ability to dance,
walk, run, or evenstand on two feet. Now put both of thosescenariostogether: no arms
and no legs. Whatwould you do? How wouldthataffectyoureverydaylife? MeetNickVujicic. Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without any medicalexplanation or
warning, Nickcameinto the worldwithneitherarms nor legs. Little did his parentsknowthatthisbeautifullimblessbabywould one day be someone who wouldinspirepeoplefrom all walks of life, touchinglives all over the world.
Despite the typicalchallenges of school and pubertysuch as bullying and self-esteemissues, Nick was neverdefeated. As Nickgrew up, he learned to dealwith his disability
and started to be able to do more and morethings on his own. By embracing his situation,
in gradesevenNick was electedcaptain of his school and workedwith the studentcouncil
on variousfund-raisingevents for localcharities. He wentevenfurther and obtained a
doublebachelor's degreemajoring in accounting and financialplanning. By the age of 19,
Nick had started to fulfill his dream of encouragingothers by sharing his storyaround the
worldthroughmotivationalspeaking. Due to his bravery and persistence, Nick was
selected for the "YoungAustralian of the Year" award in 2005. Now at 29 years old, thislimblessyoung man has accomplishedmorethanmostpeopleeventwice his age.
Two dolphinsracearound in a big pool in the OceanPark. The smallerdolphinGrace, shown off a few of her tricks, turningaround and wavinghello to the crowd. The mostamazingthingabout her, however, is that she’s evenswimming at all. She doesn’t have a tail.Gracelost her tail as a babywhen she got caught up in a fishtrap. When the dolphinarrived at the OceanPark in Dcember 2005, she was fighting for her life. “Is she going to make it?” Her trainer, AbbeyStone, feared the worst. Grace did make it --- but her taildidn’t. She ended up losing her flukes and the lowerpart of her peduncle.
Over the past six years, she has learned to swimwithout her tail. Dlphinsswim by movingtheirflukes and peduncle up and down. Gracetaughtherself to moveanother way---like a fish! She pushedherselfforwardthrough the water by moving her pedunclesfromside to side.
The movement put harmfulpressure on Grace’s backbone. So a companyoffered to create a man-madetail for her. The tail had to be strongenough to stay on Grace as she swam but softenoughthat it wouldn’t hurt her.
The firsttimeGracewore the artificialtail. She soonshook it off and let it sink in the bottom of the pool. Now, she is stilllearning to use the tail. Somedays she wears it for an hour at a time, others not at all. “The tail isn’t necessary for her to feelcomfortable,” saysStone, “but it helps to keepthatrange of motion(动作) and buildmuscles(肌肉).”
Now, the dolphin is about to get an evenhappierending. Thismonth, Gracewillstar in DlphinTale, a filmthatfocus on her rescue and recovery. Her progress has inspiredmorethanjust a new movie. Manypeopletravelfromnear and far to meet her. SeeingGraceswimwith her man-madetailgivespeople so muchcourage.
WhenGracefirstarrived at the OceanPark, her trainerworriedabout her .
(A)physicalbuild (B) potentialability (C)chance of survival (D) adaptation to the surroundings.