《中英對照讀新聞》Stressed Chinese fight back – with pillows 壓力大的中國人以枕頭回擊
A whirlwind of pillows bearing the names of bosses and teachers filled the air as hundreds of Chinese gathered to blow off stress in Shanghai, staging a massive pillow battle.
The annual event marked its fifth year with such a surge in interest from stressed young office workers and students that organizers held two nights of pillow fighting before Christmas Day and plan another for Dec 30.
“Nowadays there are many white collar workers and students that are facing huge pressures at work and at school, so we hope to give them an outlet to release their stress before the end of the year,” said the founder and mastermind behind the epic pillow fights.
Pillows were handed out at the door as participants entered, then emotion stoked by a rock concert, with many rocking and waving their pillows in time to the music.
Then came the fighting.
Pillows filled the air, with many combatants opting for throwing rather than using them to whack opponents. A few hapless participants shielded their heads with as many pillows as they could hold, but most ventured eagerly in to the fray.
“I don’t know who pushed me, but all of a sudden I was in the pile of pillows, where I became the target of many people, and was beaten by all sorts of people,” said university student Zhu Shishan. “Very meaningful.”
blow off：片語，釋放（壓力）。例句：Sometimes it’s good to blow off steam by having a good whinge.（有時候發個牢騷抒發壓力也不錯。）
bear：動詞，寫有、帶有、印有。例句：Many of the papers bore his signature.（許多文件上都寫有他的簽名。）
opt：動詞，從一堆選項中做出選擇。例句：Most consumers opt for low-priced goods.（大多數的消費者會選擇價格低的產品。）