Show 23 Tuesday 25 April

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STICK NEWS

In Stick News today, the United States is the top spam sending nation on earth. But they’re now close to loosing that number 1 spot – China is catching up.

The word SPAM was born in the 1930s, when an American meat company changed the name of one of its products: Spiced Ham.
In 1970 the Monty Python sketch SPAM was first broadcast. The sketch is about the “Green Midget Café” where SPAM is included in almost every restaurant item, and a group of Vikings sit in the corner singing.
Nowadays the word spam is widely used to mean “unsolicited commercial email” or “junk mail”. Spam is highly annoying. Thanks to efforts find and fine prolific spammers, spam is in decline in the US. But in other nations, it’s still on the rise.
There are 13.2 billion spam messages sent every day. And more than seventy percent of them are from zombie computers.

A computer consultant has warned that computer users worldwide need to use better devices to stop their computers from becoming spam-spewing zombies.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday 25th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah

# 17 Are you OK?
Asking about someone’s health

Sarah is chatting to her neighbour Bob. Bob is worried because Sarah looks tired.
Step 1: Repeat Bob’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bob’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Bob  Are you OK? You look tired.

Sarah Yeah, I’m just feeling a bit run down.

Bob  Too many late nights?

Sarah Yeah, I’m pretty busy at work at the moment.

Bob  Oh, it’s the end of the term isn’t it?

Sarah Yeah. So I have to mark all of the end of term tests.

Bob  Well, good luck.

Sarah Thanks.

Bob  And you should try and get an early night – sleep is important.

Sarah Mmm true. I think I will.

Links:

Read about today’s news story.

The history of the word spam.

The Monty Python sketch.

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