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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #24(1/28/2005)

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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) Mink. L.A., will be getting its first land line telephone system installed in 2005!

(2) It has been found that doctors who play video games are among the best of surgeons, performing operations faster with fewer mistakes!

(3) "Fighting Bots!" As the first step in creating a robot fighting league, Carols Owens of Alaska is building an 18-foot tall piloted robot in his backyard.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #23(11/18/2005)

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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 Taegu, South Korea man collapsed and died of heart failure after he played video games for 50 straight hours on Aug. 3, 2005!

(2) Fred Stachnik of Milwaukee, Wis., has collected vacuum cleaners since he was 10 and now at 22... he has 200 of them!

(3) While researching high altitude ejection risks, U.S. Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger Jr. fell nearly 20 miles from the upper atmosphere, reaching speeds of 714mph --- faster than the speed of sound!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #22(1/27/2005)

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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 German boy born in 1999 has a genetic defect giving him supernatural strength. At age 4, he could hold a total of 14-pounds with arms outstretched!

(2) Greek philosopher Socrates tutored Plato, who in turn taught Aristotle who later instructed Alexander The Great!

(3) "Killer Mountain!" Only 60% of those who attempt to climb the 26,500-foot Annapurna Mountain in the Himalayas return alive!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #21(7/21/2005)

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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) Believe It or Not! Tichilesti, Romania, has the last known leper colony in Europe!

(2) "Elephant Sale!" There are so many wild elephants overrunning Zimbabwe that the government wants to sell thousands of them to local farmers to start wildlife ranges!

(3) In 1907, Dr. Duncan McDougall of Haverhill, MA. attempted to scientifically discover the weight of a soul by weighing patients as they died!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #20(2/4/2005)

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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) The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, has been translated into over 35 languages including Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(2) Using a vacuum sweeper at night in Brimbank, Australia can result in a $150 fine!

(3) When the 1800 presidential election ended in an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. It took 36 congressional runoff votes before Jefferson was declared president!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #19(9/28/2005)

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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) 79-year-old South African Maurice Creswick is the first person in the world to donate 350 pints of blood as an unpaid volunteer!

(2) "And then I bought some ..." A bank robber in Chicago stole $81,000 in April 2004, but was soon apprehended after calling a radio station and bragging about things he'd bought with the stolen cash!

(3) The ability of Michael Trembath's dog to imitate emergency sirens was used on July 27, 2005, to alert his master that his house was on fire!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #18(2/18/2005)

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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) Believe it or not! The children of Karen and Gary Lancaster of Melbourne, Australia, are named: India, China, Peru, Israel, Ireland and Alaska!

(2) Experiencing blurry vision, Patrick Lawler of Denver, Colo., went to a dentist in January 2005, only to learn that he had shot a 4-inch nail through his mouth into his skull with a nailgun!

(3) Viva La France! When the Huygens space probe landed on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, it was playing a specially commissioned soundtrack by French musicians Julien Civange and Louis Haeri.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #17(2/19/2005)

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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) In 2002, Princess Anne of England was fined after her dog bit two children. She became the first British Royal convicted of a crime in more than 350 years!

(2) Leaving your bed unmade is good! It allows air to circulate amongst the blankets which helps kill allergy-causing dust mites.

(3) "That'll teach 'em to mess with us!" In January 2005, a New Jersey woman while trying to kill cockroaches, accidentally set her house on fire. The house was severely damaged but the cockroaches survived unharmed!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #16(1/25/2005)

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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) Shot in the head during a robbery, Larry Taylor of Georgia then walked 2 miles so he could die at his mother's house. When he arrived he found that she had moved! Larry ultimately survived the ordeal!

(2) After one of their employees was injured while walking through a revolving door in 2004, the British Broadcasting Corp. issued a memo to its staff in Birmingham, England, telling them the proper way to do so --- without getting hurt!

(3) The largest known object ever taken from a human brain, an 8-inch survival knife, left Michael Hill with surprisingly little brain damage when it was removed!

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