Posted by: snaed | July 28, 2009

The Longest Hair in the World

MON NGA, THAILAND. Eighty-five-year-old Hoo Sateow lives in a small village in Thailand. He has very long hair. In fact, it’s the longest hair in the world—more than 17 feet long! “I cut my hair when I was 12 years old, and I got sick. So I’ll never do it again,” Hoo says. According to Hoo, his long hair allows him to talk to ghosts and help sick people. Hoo has something in common with his older brother, Yi. Both have very long hair. Yi’s hair is more than 14 feet long.

Hoo washes his hair only once in a blue moon. His friends usually give him a hand. The long hair takes ages to dry. Hoo hangs it on a fence in the sun. His hair is hard to take care of, but Hoo says it comes in handy in Thailand’s cool mountain weather. “I wrap my hair around my head and then put my hat on. It keeps me warm.”

NEW IDIOMS AND EXPRESSIONS

  1. in fact (really, actually)
  2. get sick (become unwell or unhealthy)
  3. according to someone or something (as someone or something says)
  4. have something in common with someone (be similar to another person in some way)
  5. once in a blue moon (very rarely)
  6. give someone a hand (help someone)
  7. take ages (take a very long time)
  8. take care of someone or something (provide for the needs of someone or something)
  9. come in (be useful or convenient)
  10. put something  on (dress in something; place something on oneself)

ABOUT THE STORY

  1. What are the disadvantages of Hoo’s long hair? When does it come in handy
  2. What does Hoo have in common with his brother?
  3. How often does Hoo wash his hair? Who gives him a hand?
  4. How does Hoo keep warm when the weather is cool?

ABOUT YOU

  1. Is your hair hard to take care of? Why or why not?
  2. When do your friends give you a hand? When do you give them a hand?
  3. What do you have in common with a member of your family?
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