Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 13, 2010

The Weird and the Wonderful

Honey, this skeleton is SO realistic — let’s get it!

Looking for Halloween decoration, couple buy real human skeleton at yard sale


BRANDON, Fla. — A couple thought they were buying a Halloween decoration at a yard sale, but it turns out they bought a real human skeleton.

Judith and Mitchell Fletcher paid $8 for what they thought were a box of scary holiday decorations at a yard sale in Brandon. When they got the box home, they realized they had bought real bones.

They called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives took the bones to the medical examiner, who determined they came from a professionally prepared human anatomical skeleton, normally used in medical courses.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nuñez says detectives are contacting colleges and universities that may be missing a skeleton.

State law prohibits individuals from owning human skeletons, so the Fletchers won’t get the bones back.

Word of the day

Pronunciation: \ˈske-lə-tən\
Origin: New Latin, from Greek, neuter of skeletos dried up; akin to Greek skellein to dry up, sklēros hard and perhaps to Old English sceald shallow
First Known Use: 1578
1: a usually rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism; especially: the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate
2: something reduced to its minimum form or essential parts
3: an emaciated person or animal
4 a: something forming a structural framework b: the straight or branched chain or ring of atoms that forms the basic structure of an organic molecule
5: something shameful and kept secret (as in a family) —often used in the phrase skeleton in the closet
6: a small sled that is ridden in a prone position and used especially in competition; also: the competition itself
— ske·le·ton·ic adjective

More Vocabulary

Anatomy: n. the human body
Medical examiner: n.
a public officer who conducts autopsies on bodies to find the cause of death
Yard sale: n.
a sale of used household or personal articles (as furniture, tools, or clothing) held on the seller’s own premises

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Turn out: to result

  • As it turns out, I will have to go to attend the Board meeting. They have asked me to present the new model for the campaign.



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