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A Shorts Story

Mr. Katougoru was standing in a crowded commuter train when, suddenly, his underpants   began to attack the other passengers in the train. Fortunately, someone came to their rescue and no one was injured. Later, an embarrassed Mr. Katougoru explained that it happened because he was afraid of drowning.  

This, believe it or not, is a true story and will make sense to you once you have done the following exercise:


Fill the blanks in the questions and/or answers with the correct word. Only one word is missing. If a verb is in italics, you must use the same verb in the question. Look at the example:

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1. Where it happen?
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It happened in Japan.
2. Why Mr. Katougoru on the train?
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He was going to work..
3. Why the other people on the train?
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They were also going to work. It was a commuter train.  
4. there many people on the train?
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Yes. The train was full.
5. everyone sitting down?
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No. Many people were standing.
6. Mr. Katougoru wearing ordinary underwear?
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Not at all. His underpants were very special.
7. What his underpants made of?
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Rubber.
8. Did he a medical problem?
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No, he had no medical problems at all.
9. How often did he rubber underwear?
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He wore rubber underwear every day.
10. it his intention to attack the other passengers?
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Not at all. It was an accident.
11. the other passengers surprised?
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Very. After all, nobody expects to be attacked in a train, and certainly not by somebody's underwear.
12. Where did Mr. Katougoru his rubber underwear?
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He didn't. You cannot buy that kind of underwear. He made it himself.
13. Why did he his own underwear?
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He made his own underwear because he wanted to be able to inflate the underwear when necessary.   
However, in this case, he inflated it by mistake. It expanded to 30 times its original size and, in the crowded train, was very dangerous. It was crushing the other passengers. Fortunately, somebody saved them.
14. Who them?
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One of the passengers. I don't know his name.
He stuck his pencil in the underwear and it disinflated.
15. That's a bizarre story. I'm sure you it. You did invent it, didn't you?
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No, I didn't invent it. It's a true story.

The rest of the story:   Mr. Katougoru was afraid of tsunami, that is, gigantic waves caused by 'seaquakes' or volcanic activity under the ocean. The Japanese are right to be afraid of tsunami since Japan is very prone to this kind of disaster. However, Mr. Katougoru went a bit too far, don't you think? He certainly learned his lesson. I'm sure the guy with the pencil got his point across.

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