Uber’s lost property survey 優步發佈失物招領調查報告

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註:音頻中提到的失物招領報告發佈於 2019 年 3 月 5 日。

叫車應用軟件公司優步(Uber)發佈了一份報告,報告中列出了乘客落在出租車後座上的一些稀奇古怪的和常見的物品。

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This week, Uber announced its annual lost-and-found index. It takes the data gathered when customers report a lost item through the app and offers us a snapshot of their most commonly lost and most unusual forgotten items. So phones, cameras, keys, IDs. They’re all expectedly amongst the most common.

本週,優步發佈了年度失物招領報告。它收集了乘客通過應用程序報告遺失的物品時的數據,並給出了人們最常遺失的和最特別的遺忘物品清單。在意料之中,手機、照相機、鑰匙、證件都是人們最常落下的物品。

But after that it gets a bit weirder. Here are just some of the more unique items people have lost over the last 12 months: a photo of a New Year’s kiss, two packs of Italian sausages, a fish tank, an Elvis cape with jewels on, a bird, a Harry Potter magic wand, the head of a salmon, an eight-week-old chihuahua, a pack of hair and a hairbrush shaped like a foot.

但除了這些以外,還有更奇怪的物品。下面列舉了一些人們在過去的十二個月裡遺漏的更獨特的物品:一張新年時接吻的照片,兩包意大利香腸,一個魚缸,一件鑲有珠寶的 「貓王」 披肩,一隻鳥,一根哈利‧波特的魔杖,一個鮭魚頭,一隻八週大的吉娃娃狗,一包頭髮和一把腳形狀的梳子。

And while you process all of that, the index also shows us when and where their customers are most forgetful. The worst offenders live in east Alabama, New Mexico and Tennessee. Whilst the most common time to lose an item is on a Saturday or Sunday night between 10pm and 1am. And it doesn’t stop there. According to Uber, people are most likely to lose watches on a Monday, passports on a Friday and cakes on a Sunday.

你先慢慢消化一下這些信息,這個報告也告訴了我們優步的乘客在何時、何地是最健忘的。生活在阿拉巴馬東部、新墨西哥州和田納西州的人最健忘。人們在星期六和星期天晚 10 點到凌晨 1 點這段時間最容易遺漏東西。而且還不止於此,優步稱,人們最容易在星期一遺漏手錶,在星期五遺漏護照,在星期日遺漏蛋糕。

1. 詞彙

snapshot 簡介
expectedly 意料之中地
most common 最常見的,最普遍的
weirder 相比之下更奇怪的
unique 獨特的
cape 披肩
chihuahua 吉娃娃狗
worst offenders 最健忘的人

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. True or false? Uber’s lost and found index involved taking photographs of items people had left behind in its cars.

2. Which ‘living’ item was listed as being lost in Uber’s lost and found index?

3. Where in the US were the most forgetful passengers in Uber cars from?

4. What day are passengers most likely to lose a cake on?

3. 答案

1. True or false? Uber’s lost and found index involved taking photographs of items people had left behind in its cars.
False. The index offers us a snapshot – a short description not a photograph – of passengers most commonly lost and most unusual forgotten items.

2. Which ‘living’ item was listed as being lost in Uber’s lost and found index?
One of the weirder ‘living’ items left behind in an Uber car was a Chihuahua – a small dog!

3. Where in the US were the most forgetful passengers in Uber cars from?
The worst offenders – the people most likely to forget something – lived in east Alabama, New Mexico and Tennessee.

4. What day are passengers most likely to lose a cake on?
According to Uber, people are most likely to lose cakes on a Sunday.