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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.03

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     challenging words:    chronograph, forestry, high-action, ludicrous, medics, non-toxic, paintball, paintballs, reenacted, valid, water-soluble, invasion, realistic, survival, splat, real-life
     content words:    New Hampshire, Bob Gurnsey, Charles Gaines, United States, George Butler, Sports Illustrated, Jim Thorpe, World War II, William Shatner


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Paintball
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Splat! If you find a blob of paint splashed across your shirt, what do you think might have happened? Either your little brother just threw a jar of finger paint at you...or maybe it's your choice. You could be participating in a strange sport called paintball.
 
2     A paintball is a small sphere made out of gelatin. This little sphere is full of a special kind of paint that is both non-toxic and water-soluble. People have lots of fun shooting paintballs out of special guns. This sport is usually played with two teams who try to eliminate their opponents by shooting them.
 
3     Paintball sounds ludicrous, but it had a practical beginning. In the 1950s, a company made paintballs for the forestry service. The first paintballs were used to mark trees. They were also used by cattlemen to mark cows. Twenty years later, a couple of friends discovered that they could play a good game with paintballs. They tried to shoot each other in the woods in New Hampshire.

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