Ripley's Believe It or Not! #280(5/9/2005)

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(1) Lightning in Florida, on average, kills 10 people a year and is responsible for 90% of the state's wildfires!

(2) The Supreme Scream thrill-ride at Knott's Berry Farm is the tallest structure in Orange County, Calif.!

(3) William Howard Taft the 27th U.S. President was the first president to throw out the opening pitch of a baseball season.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #279(1/19/2005)

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(1) Room With A "views" A building in Curitiba, Brazil has 11 stories --- all of which can rotate independently!

(2) The Taipei 101, the world's tallest building, features the world's fastest passenger elevator. It travels more than 55 feet per second!

(3) The world's tallest bridge! The new Millau Bridge in southern France is 1.5 miles long and 1,112 feet tall, 50 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #278(12/1/2005)

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(1) "Driving Her Nuts!" Despite her best attempts, Tiffany Smith of Fridley, Minn, can't stop squirrels from stashing walnuts under the hood of her car by the hundreds!

(2) Spain's Al Mansur, (932-1002) won over 50 wars, carrying his coffin to every battle, just in case he didn't survive!

(3) The drinking glasses, wall art and furniture at the Absolut Ice Bar in London are all made of ice kept at -23F!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #115(4/8/2005)

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(1) A $14,400 teabag adorned with 280 diamonds has been created by British tea maker PG Tips in honor of its 75th anniversary!

(2) A jacket and wallet belonging to Edward Strauch were returned to him 32 years after he survived a 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountain made famous in the movie ``Alive''!

(3) The Pan-American highway system spans 16,000 miles from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego at the tip of South America. Its only gap is a 54 mile section of jungle along the Panama border!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #102(8/6/2005)

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(1) A plea for help inside a floating bottle in May 2005, led Costa Rican fishermen to 86 shipwrecked migrants dying of starvation on an island!

(2) "Flower Power!" Rafflesia, the world's largest flower, grows up to 3 feet across --- yet the plant lacks leaves, stems, roots or chlorophyll!

(3) Skydiver Joseph Malgioglio was hit by the same plane from which he jumped, causing the plane to crash in Yorkville, Wis., neither the jumper nor the pilot was seriously injured!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #98(2/12/2005)

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(1) Officials in Canada and the U.K. have found that playing classical music aloud in blighted areas helps keep vandalism and gang activity away!

(2) Patricio Pena of San Juan, Puerto Rico, rolled a cigar measuring 62 feet --- topping the old world record by 17 feet. The giant stogie required 20 pounds of tobacco and 100 leaves, costing more than $2,000.

(3) Standing at just below 8 feet tall, Zhang Juncai is the tallest man in Asia!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #94(1/18/2005)

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(1) In Scotland, organized crime syndicates steal peat moss from boss and sell it to florists to help fund their activities!

(2) On Dec 1, 2004, Mckendree College men's basketball coach Harry Statham became the all-time wins leader in college basketball with the 880th win of his 38-year career!

(3) The United States has had nine different capitals! In order they were: Philadelphia, PA - Baltimore, MD - Lancaster, PA - York, PA - Princeton, NJ - Annapolis, MD - Trenton, NJ - New York, NY and finally Washington, DC in 1800!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #90(10/18/2005)

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(1) "A Wiggly World Record!" Students at Eisenhower Junior High School of Taylorsville, Utah, hold six world records --- ranging from the world's largest loaf of bread to the fastest human conveyor belt!

(2) "Eureka!" "Hey! Put a chlamys on!" "Ancient Greek ... Streak!" After Archimedes realized the principle of displacement while taking a bath he ran naked through the Greek city of Syracuse shouting with excitement!

(3) "Hi... Remember me?" "Um..." David Turner, the first person arrested by Portland, Maine, police chief Michael Chitwood, 17 years ago --- attended the chief's retirement party!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #86(2/3/2005)

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(1) "I see a new car in your future!" Jose Miranda, a Miami, Fla., a fortune teller, practices his craft by examining his clients' posteriors!

(2) Alexander the Great built an empire that stretched from Greece to Egypt to India, covering 2 million square miles, and did it all --- by the age of 33!

(3) Kenny Bethel of Miami, Fla., discovered a hiding place on a golf course when he was 15 --- and has lived there for more than 40 years!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #82(3/15/2005)

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(1) "Sore Boar!" While walking by a pond near his home, Larry Earley of Okahumpka, Fla., shot a charging wild boar that weighed more than 1,100 pounds!

(2) Teenager David Hahn of Commerce Township, Mich., spent three years building a nuclear reactor in his backyard shed, abandoning the project when it began spewing radiation throughout the neighborhood!

(3) The 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, the world's largest blue diamond, was originally cut from an even larger French crown jewel stolen during the French Revolution!

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