Horsemeat Helicopter – level 3

29-08-2017 07:00

In Kumertau, Russia, the main industrial hub is a plant that makes helicopters, and horsemeat is a traditional cuisine there. This situation gave people a strange idea to make something.

These people attempted to create the world’s biggest helicopter model made out of horsemeat sausages and other horse products. The model was over 3.5 metres long, about 1.8 metres high, and it weighed about 120 kilos.

The helicopter’s blades rotated and people proudly demonstrated them to a fascinated crowd and local chefs. People even took selfies with the helicopter.

Experts measured the model to determine if it could be in a local book of records. No one was allowed to nibble on the sausages until the helicopter set the record. However, there was no plan to eat the helicopter; people were horsing around!

Difficult words: hub (the centre of an activity), cuisine (a type of food from a certain place), nibble (eat small amounts of food by taking very small bites), set the record (do something that no one has done before), horse around informal (joke).

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