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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #15(1/14/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) A man at the university of Wales at Bangor is able to read the emotions on people's faces, --- despite being totally blind!

(2) In the 1800's, New York farmer Phineas Dodd's barn was struck by lightning. He sued his local minister and his congregation --- because they had prayed for rain!

(3) Viking warriors didn't actually wear horned helmets into battle! Horns were only worn in religious ceremonies as they would've been disastrously inconvenient in combat.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #14(3/3/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) A seven-year-old pug living in Pittsburgh, Penn., has gained notoriety for his ability to clearly say the phrase "I love you."

(2) "Can you pass the salt please?" "Uh... Sure, just let me find it!" At the "Darkside of Hyde Park" Restaurant in Sydney, Australia, patrons eat in complete darkness. The idea is that without visual distraction, diners can fully taste and smell the food.

(3) "SnoreStop --- It simply works." Andrew Fischer of Omaha, Neb., sold advertising space on his forehead! For $37,375, SnoreStop gets its logo on his forehead for a month.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #13(6/14/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) After helping women onto lifeboats, Archibald Gracie IV went under with the Titanic --- But was rescued and wrote a book about the event!

(2) Brian Appel's refinery in Carthage, MO., turns inedible turkey leftovers into useable diesel fuel --- but the process really stinks!

(3) Mark Gibbons of Ormskirk, England, climbed a 3,560-foot mountain with a washing machine tied to his back!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #12(10/7/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) 3 1/2 tons of BBQ! Texas Lil's 57-foot-long transportable smoker is capable of cooking 7,000 pounds of meat at one time!

(2) Condemned prisoners facing death in Texas cannot have a cigarette as part of their last meal --- for health reasons!

(3) Lester Tucker of Grand Prairie, Texas can eat 42 quail eggs in one minute!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #11(2/11/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Bill Dougherty, a Fredericksburg, VA., car wash manager, was surprised to discover that starlings had been raiding his wash machine, crawling up the change chute --- to steal quarters!

(2) Jeff Twieden of Seattle, Wash., began waiting in line for Star Wars: Episode III at the cinema --- 22 weeks before the movie's release!

(3) The World's Largest Democracy! With 670 million registered voters and 700,000 polling stations, india's 2004 elections were the largest in history!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #10(3/31/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) In March 2003 Tim Fitz Higham paddled a paper boat 160 miles down England's river Thames!

(2) Okra, Texas, is so small that both citylimits signs are on the same pole!

(3) Sally Hampton was smashed over the head with a bottle on July 4, 2004. While doctors were treating her, they found a tumor which, undiscovered, would have been fatal to the 64-year old!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #9(12/19/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Eric James Torpy of Oklahoma City received 30 years, but asked to have 3 years added so his jail sentence would match the jersey number of Basketball Great Larry Bird!

(2) Holy Roman Emperor Otto I (912-973) traveled to Regensburg, Germany in 940 AD and appointed the first person he saw --- a night porter, to the powerful post of bishop!

(3) "This building is not safe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the building inspector." Flattened remains of a house in Mandeville, La., following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Ripley's Beleive It or Not! #8(12/20/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Atabu Baiaa and Buben Beake of the Pacific island of Kiribati went out for a day of fishing, got lost at sea and were found two months later in good health, having survived only on rain water and fish they caught.

(2) In October 2005, Etienne Verhees of Belgium coughed up a steel screw that had come loose from neck surgery 4 years earlier!

(3) Japanese car maker Honda has unveiled a dog-friendly concept car, which has dog-adaptable seat belts and a separate smaller compartment for little dogs!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #7(1/22/2005)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) As a Christmas present to their hometown, Richard and Donna Hamann paid the December 2004 electric bill for all of Anton, Ohio!

(2) Richard Dorsey lived under Chicago's lake shore drive drawbridge for three years with electricity and appliances such as a microwave, TV and even a video game system!

(3) Unable to wear contacts, James Sooy came up with a way to keep his eyeglasses from falling off --- he created a pair that is pierced through his nose!

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