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Flag out of Time
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.96

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     challenging words:    audio, notation, side-stepping, coup, investigation, eighteenth, prank, launched, escapade, unknown, headline, purpose, boast, currently, possibly, freedom
     content words:    Revolutionary War Flag Found, American Revolutionary War, Tad Marshal, Flag Day, Teleportational Chrono Sphere, Revolutionary War


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Flag out of Time
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The headline splashed across video screens: "Revolutionary War Flag Found on Moon!" People stood still and turned up their audio phones to make sure they didn't miss any of the details in the oddly exciting story.
 
2     "Astronomers were astounded today to see a flag--apparently from the American Revolutionary War--on the moon. It is currently unknown how the flag got there, but a full investigation has been launched. We will report more as the information becomes available."
 
3     The flag story broke at noon, and by 12:30 P.M. people were discussing it all around the world. Some maintained that there had been a secret government plot to get men to the moon in the eighteenth century. The flag was the proof.
 
4     Others maintained that someone must have developed the technology to allow private transportation to the moon. Many people didn't know what to think. It was all just a perplexing mystery.
 
5     Tad Marshal grinned to himself all day. He had come up with the best Flag Day prank ever. He knew those reporters would never figure it out. What a coup! It would be such fun to boast of the prank to his classmates.
 
6     When Tad got home from school, Dad was already there -- waiting for him.
 
7     "Hi, Dad," said Tad. "Why are you home so early?"
 
8     "I assume you've seen the news reports," said Dad, side-stepping Tad's question.
 
9     "Sure, why?" Tad asked innocently.

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