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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #38(3/21/2005)

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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) Coach John W. Heisman hated the Heisman Trophy!

(2) "Stick 'em up!" On January 19,2005, two men in New Castle, Del., robbed a female pizza delivery driver and one of them called her back later to apologize and ask her out on a date!

(3) The resolution on a 4-gigapixel camera built by Graham Flint from decommissioned spy gear is so good --- that a photo of an entire soccer field will show precise detail of each blade of grass!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #37(9/12/2005)

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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 7-year-old Kaylee Shriner slept on June 30th, 2005, lightning struck her house setting her bed on fire --- but leaving her unharmed as she awoke and ran to safety!

(2) In a 1962 basketball game, Darrell Imhoff received a standing ovation when superstar Wilt Chamberlain scored "ONLY" 54 points against him!

(3) "MIRACLE" SHOT! Robert Mitera seized the record for the longest hole-in-one ever on a non-dogleg hole when he sunk one on the 447-yard 10th hole --- at Miracle Hill Golf Course, Omaha, Nebraska.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #36(8/24/2005)

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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) It took 3 dentists, an oral surgeon, and a veterinarian to conduct a root canal on the teeth of Kubie, a 600-pound Bengal tiger in California!

(2) Sydney Levy began practicing martial arts at age 4, and at age 6 became one of the world's youngest black bests in karate!

(3) Three men charged with armed robbery of a Virginia Mcdonald's were identified by forensic scientists using DNA left on half-eaten cheeseburgers!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #35(10/5/2005)

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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) "CAR CRASH RESTAURANT" "DRIVE THRU WINDOW NOW OPEN" The Car Crash Restaurant in Santiago, Chile, was closed in July 2005 after a car crashed into the building!

(2) In July 2005, a flock of 1,500 sheep in eastern Turkey ran off a cliff --- the first 450 were killed but they cushioned the fall for all the others who were merely injured during the incident!

(3) Instead of constructing webs to capture their prey, some spiders in Hawaii use their legs to impale passing insects!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #34(6/16/2005)

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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) "Hey... Butt out!" A cigarette butt in Australia that was rumored to be the last smoked before the introduction of anti-smoking legislation --- sold at auction for $6,948!

(2) Purdue University students won the annual Rube Goldberg contest by building a 125-step machine that changes flashlight batteries!

(3) Sam Rayburn held elected office in Texas for 55 consecutive years. When he died, more than 30,000 people attended his funeral, including four U.S. presidents!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #33(5/12/2005)

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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 British army pilot delivered a pizza to his girlfriend --- by military helicopter during a training exercise!

(2) Dean Karnazes is a master of endurance feats, including a 262-mile run and a marathon at the South Pole!

(3) ``Lost in Translation'' An American scarecrow machine installed at Beijing Airport failed to scare the Chinese birds because they didn't understand the sounds --- of North American predators!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #32(5/13/2005)

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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) 10-year-old Noah Nielson took first place in the 30th annual rotten sneaker competition, officially making him the owner of the smelliest feet in the United States!

(2) "Dial-a-Girlfriend" Artificial life of Hong Kong produces an interactive cell phone companion, Vivienne, who can converse on 35,000 topics in six languages!

(3) While digging in their garden, Jane and Emanuel Hurley of Ohaupo, New Zealand, discovered a four-ton British fighting vehicle dating back to WWII!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #31(7/29/2005)

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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) BMW's highly sophisticated navigation system in many of its cars was recalled in Germany because drivers were uncomfortable with a female voice giving directions!

(2) In 1978 100 spectators were injured when a tower of sticky buns several stories high came tumbling down at Hong Kong's 200-year-old Cheung Chau Bun Festival!

(3) The only survivor in Bryan Dora's pet shop fire was Lucky the turtle --- whose shell markings bear a striking similarity to a grinning demon!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #30(9/19/2005)

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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) During 38 years of saving pennies, Edmund Knowles of Flomaton, Fla., has collected 1,380,459 of them --- that's well over 3 tons!

(2) Jada Coover of Iowa led police on a highway chase, ran into a building and barricaded himself inside a room that turned out to be the courtroom in which he was set to appear for a previous offense!

(3) Middle Eastern camel spiders grow to 6 inches in diameter and can run up to 10 miles an hour!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #29(7/27/2005)

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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) 38-year-old Zhang Xingquan of China pulled a car 65 feet while walking on eggs --- and didn't break a single one!

(2) Alban Michael of Vancouver Island, Canada, is the last fluent speaker on the planet of the Nuchatlaht language.

(3) Russian farmers are breeding long-legged pigs to be used in the country rapidly growing sport of pig racing!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #28(3/18/2005)

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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) Kelvin Bygrave of Finton, Essex, UK, bought 27,000 candy bars trying to win a car from a drawing. He didn't win and not being a chocolate lover, donated the candy to charity!

(2) While still in her mother's womb --- McKenzie Gwynne of Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK, underwent 8 blood transfusions!

(3) "Yes, can do!" Jeff Snodgrass of Oklahoma City, OK, can stick up to 8 soda cans on his face at a time with nothing but the natural suction of the can bottoms.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #27(8/26/2005)

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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) An abducted 12-year-old Ethiopian girl was rescued in June, 2005 by 3 lions that chased the kidnappers away and protected her until her family arrived!

(2) Daniel M'Mburugu, a 73-year-old Kenyan farmer, was attacked by a leopard and fought back by tearing out the animal's tongue and killing it, using only his bare hands!

(3) Shelley Breedlove of Houston, Texas, gave birth to identical quadruplets on March 23, 2005!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #26(9/1/2005)

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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) "Mystery Movers" For no apparent reason, rocks up to 700 pounds each have moved in Death Valley, Calif., leaving trails hundreds of feet long!

(2) Some cyclists in the 3,051-Mile Race Across America sleep only 1 hour per night, risking hallucinations, in order to finish as quickly as possible!

(3) Whitlowe Green purchased out-of-date food, wore secondhand clothing and stopped talking to an uncle because of a $6.76 debt --- yet he was able to leave $2.1 million to Prairie View A&M University when he died!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #25(5/7/2005)

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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) A $100,000 check made its way through the postal system to its final destination in Columbus, Ohio --- without an envelope!

(2) In 1661, English revolutionary Oliver Cromwell was exhumed and his head was placed on public display for 20 years. The head was then passed through generations of private collectors --- until it was finally laid to rest in 1960!

(3) Worth more than $2 billion, Germany's 21-year-old Albert Von Thurn Und Taxis is the world's youngest billionaire!

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