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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #57(6/7/2005)

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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) Clarence "Leo" Fender (1909-1991), creator of Fender Guitars, never learned to play the guitar!

(2) Designed to withstand 240 mph winds, the Tornado Attack Vehicle, created by Steve Green, of North Carolina, was built to drive directly into a tornado!

(3) The first known observation of a sunspot dates to 165 BC, when Chinese astronomers recognized the character for "king" on the sun's surface!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #56(2/9/2005)

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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 its 1883 eruption, the volcano on the Indonesian Island of Krakatau sank two thirds of the 25-square-mile island.

(2) For two years running, Terri and Mike Gavel have had the year's first baby at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass!

(3) Owen, a year-old 660-pound hippo orphaned near Mombasa, Kenya, was taken to a local sanctuary and was immediately adopted by Mzee, a 120-year-old giant male Aldabran Tortoise!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #55(11/15/2005)

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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) For the last 55 years the Bic pen company has sold 55 pens every second of every year --- selling more than 100 billion in total.

(2) Most frogs absorb all needed water without drinking --- through their skin!

(3) The city of New Delhi, India, has 97 rat catchers on payroll who haven't caught a single rat --- 1994!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #54(11/3/2005)

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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) Michel Lescanne and his company Nutriset have saved tens of thousands of malnourished people from starving --- with peanut-butter paste!

(2) "Snail Mail" On Aug. 25, 2005, Peter Symons of Vancouver, Canada, received a postcard that was mailed to his address --- from Florida in 1955!

(3) With enough venom to kill 60 people --- the box jellyfish of Australia can kill a person in minutes!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #53(10/19/2005)

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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) "Long boat from short sticks" Rob McDonald of the Netherlands spent two years making a replica Viking longboat --- using 15 million popsicle sticks!

(2) One variety of Philippine anglerfish grows a startlingly realistic fish decoy from its own head to lure prey close enough to capture!

(3) The only time-keeping device Columbus had on his ship was a half-hour sandglass!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #52(8/27/2005)

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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) Texan Charles William Post (1854-1914) developed plans to create rain in drought-ridden areas by detonating hundreds of dynamite-laden balloons that were released into the sky!

(2) The 1,200-year-old Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza has 365 steps --- one for every day of the year, and they cast shadows of a slithering snake during spring and autumn equinoxes!

(3) The Seattle Cossacks, an acrobatic troupe of motorcycle riders, can balance 13 people on 4 motorcycles!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #51(1/13/2005)

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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) Beware of what you think! New York researchers have created a hat that translates thoughts into movement on a computer!

(2) Gorillas pay respect to their dead at wakes much like humans do!

(3) Ho, ho, help! Each year more than 5,800 people end up in emergency rooms with injuries from falling while putting up holiday decorations!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c7(12/25/2005)

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In 2003, the university of Minnesota began spraying its evergreen trees with skunk scent to ward off Christmas tree thieves!

Charles Dickens, sent to work in a factory at age 12 to pay off family debts, often wrote of toiling long hours and poverty, most famously in ``A Christmas Carol''!

All of these people were born on Christmas Day! Mathematician Isaac Newton --- 1964 / Actor Humphrey Bogart --- 1899 / Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling ---1924 / Singer Jimmy Buffet --- 1946 / And Robert Ripley --- 1893!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did the university of Minnesota do in order to ward off Christmas tree thieves!

(2) Why was Charles Dickens sent to work in a factory at age 12?

(3) Who was born on December 25th, 1899?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #50(3/12/2005)

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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 tennis ball thrown by Gilbert Bell prior to 1914, remains lodged in wall of the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England --- to this day!

(2) Capuchin monkeys utilize a natural mosquito repellent --- they rub themselves with millipedes!

(3) "WASTE" OF ENERGY! The methane in cow dung collected at the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vt., produces enough electricity to power 330 homes!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #49(8/10/2005)

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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 1405, Admiral Zheng sailed from China to Africa with 27,000 sailors and soldiers to capture giraffes and other exotic animals to awe the imperial court!

(2) In spring 2005, a group of English scientists spent a month hunting the Mongolian Death Worm, a five-foot-long creature that is rumored to spit corrosive saliva and discharge electric shocks! Their search turned up plenty of people who claim to have seen it, but the worm proved elusive.

(3) On the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa, May 10, 1994, not one crime was reported in the capital, Pretoria!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c6(5/29/2005)

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"Waste Not ..." For centuries, saltpeter, one of the key ingredients of gunpowder, was harvested from urine!

"Stick 'em up!" Mamadou Obotimbe Diabikile robbed a bank in Bamako, Mali, on March 16, 2005, and was easily caught --- even though he thought the 33 pounds of talismans and charms he was wearing would make him invisible!

In all but subzero weather, 9-year-old Saje Beard commutes to her one-room schoolhouse in North Dakota by mule!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was harvested from urine for centuries?

(2) Why was Mamadou easily caught after robbing a bank in 2005?

(3) How does Saje usually commute to school?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #48(7/23/2005)

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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) Ashrita Furman of Jamaica, N.Y., hopped up the 1,899 steps of Canada's CN Tower in 57 minutes on a pogo stick.

(2) "Personal Ensign" won 13 races with no defeats during her horse-racing career despite having five metal screws embedded in the bone of a broken leg.

(3) Two-year-old Robert Palange Jr. of Stony Brook, N.Y., was run over by a three-ton SUV --- but was walking and talking again only three weeks later!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #47(7/8/2005)

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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) "Insect nepotism!" In ant colonies with multiple queens, residents will take better care of eggs and larvae most closely related to themselves!

(2) Less than 5 years after breaking his neck and being told he would never walk again --- Stuart Murray of Aberdeen, Scotland, ran in the 2005 London Marathon!

(3) "Smokin' bat!" Pedro Alcantara of Miami, Fla., crafted a full-size baseball bat from tobacco leaves!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c5(5/15/2005)

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"Honest Jack!" More than 50 years after being ticketed, Jack Cramer found a misplaced $1 parking ticket --- and paid it!

Any tennis player who wins Antwerp, Belgium's Diamond Games 3 times in 5 years --- receives a diamond encrusted golden racket worth $1.3 million!

Jack Stewart, a Canadian chemist, has patented a painkiller made from the saliva of shrew, one of only two venomous mammals!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Jack do after finding a misplaced $1 parking ticket?

(2) What do you receive if you win Diamond Games tennis tournament 3 times in 5 years?

(3) What did Jack make a painkiller from?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #46(7/7/2005)

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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 map dating from 1507 --- one of the first to feature the New World --- sold for over 1.5 million dollars!

(2) "The running of the brides (and grooms!)" Runners in Madison, Wis., ran a race on April 16, 2005 decked out in wedding dresses, tuxedos and priest outfits!

(3) U.S. Civil War general Daniel Sickles donated his amputated leg to the National Museum of Health and Medicine and visited it every year!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c4(1/30/2005)

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Alexander Benages of Hillsborough, Calif., fell off a 44-story bridge, in the San Francisco bay area, which resulted in a broken pelvis, broken ankle, three broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a punctured lung. Yet he managed to survive!

After his release from jail for attempted lottery fraud, Stancu Ogica of Romania, Legitimately won $33,000 in the lottery!

Some South Korean parents commemorate their child's birth by gold-plating the umbilical cord!

Using thousands of gun parts, British artist Lucy Wood created a map of London!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How high was the bridge that Alexander fell off?

(2) Why was Stancu in jail?

(3) How do some South Korean parents commemorate their child's birth?

(4) What was the map of London made of?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #45(6/2/2005)

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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) Circus performers Arvydas and Diana Gaiciunas spent a record 63 hours, 31 minutes inside a 10-ton block of ice.

(2) John Herzig of Dover, Ohio, has a 500-piece collection of memorabilia from the funerals of historical figures, celebrities and royalty!

(3) Puerto Rican coqui frogs have become such pests in Hawaii that some communities have organized frog hunts!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #44(3/11/2005)

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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) 8-year-old Green Bay Packers fan David Whitthoft of Ridgefield, CT. has worn his Brett Favre football jersey every day --- since receiving it on Christmas day, 2003!

(2) Carl Celella of North Greenbrush, NY. can easily find any of the 70,000 items in the plumbing department he manages for Home Depot --- despite being completely blind!

(3) Giant Australian cuttlefish males often disguise themselves as females to sneak past larger males and find mates!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #43(2/16/2005)

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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) A serious postal mix-up during the winter of 2004 caused all mail going to Ascencion Island in the south Atlantic and its capital Georgetown to be delivered instead to Asuncion, Paraguay and Georgetown, Guyana!

(2) A store in Scottsboro, Ala., sells nothing but the contents of unclaimed and lost airline luggage. It receives more than 7,000 new pieces each day!

(3) Boris Altschuler and James Reynolds were granted a patent for a baseball-cap gas mask!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #42(3/30/2005)

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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 mugger picked the wrong man when he attacked 88-year-old Gerhard Brinkmann in Halberstadt, Germany. Brkinkmann, a boxing champion in his younger days, knocked the mugger unconscious!

(2) Gail Creek of San Antonio, Texas, had a 10-inch-long steel hook imbedded in his head during a backhoe accident. It cut just millimeters from his brain and vital arteries --- yet he survived!

(3) Lucky Brown, the beloved pet dog of Sonia Wilde and Steve Begley of England will be the legal bridesmaid at the couple's wedding!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c3(4/17/2005)

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Soviet officials were so amazed by the utility of a Swiss-Army knife a downed American pilot was carrying in 1960, they believed it was custom CIA spy equipment!

Beauregard Lee the 15-year-old weather prognosticating groundhog of Liburn, GA., has been given honorary doctorates by the University of Georgia and Georgia State University!

Jean Wood-Allen from Dundee, Scotland, started running races when she was 71 years old. In 2002, at 90, she became the oldest woman to ever run a marathon.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Soviet officials take a Swiss-Army knife for?

(2) Why has Beauregard received honorary doctorates from the universities?

(3) How old was she when she ran a marathon in 2002?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #41(3/24/2005)

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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) "Eek! Eek!" During late 2004 in Peru, a large number of rabid vampire bats attacked over 1,100 people, killing 11 children.

(2) "Progeria" causes premature aging in children, leaving them wrinkled and bald a few years after birth. The disease is very rare --- just over 100 cases have been reported since its 1886 discovery!

(3) "Get witch - quick!" The stagnant economy of Zimbabwe has driven away many of its university-educated doctors and now most of the country has returned to visiting traditional witch doctors!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #40(7/26/2005)

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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) "Floating Furniture" William Calderwood of Peoria, Ariz., holds a patent for lighter-than-air furniture that floats against the ceiling when not in use --- freeing up space in a room!

(2) "It takes a licking..." After a leg injury, Mitch Bonham of Wales had his leg saved from amputation after his dog started licking it --- stimulating the blood flow and causing the leg to heal!

(3) Believe it or not! The only living part of the human body with no direct blood supply is the cornea. It receives all its oxygen directly from the air!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c2(9/4/2005)

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A Russian astrologer has sued the U.S. space program for $300 million --- claiming that its deep impact mission, which intentionally crashed into a comet in the name of research, has endangered her star-predicted fate!

"Believe it or not!" "Slam!" You are most likely to be injured at work on a Monday!

"Welcome to Monticello --- Election rescheduled!" "Oops!" The town of Monticello, Wis., forgot to hold an election scheduled for April, 2005!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why has the Russian astrologer sued the U.S. space program for $300 million?

(2) On which day of the week are you most likely to be injured at work?

(3) What did the town of Monticello, Wis. forget to do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c1(10/2/2005)

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When Bob Heft was a high school student in 1958, he designed a 50-star flag as a school project. He only earned a grade of B. But two years later --- the design became the official U.S. flag!

Citizens of Texas are the only Americans allowed to vote from space!

Dragonflies have 6 legs --- but can't walk!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which grade (A to F) did Bob Heft earn on his design of a 50-star flag?

(2) Are citizens of Texas allowed to vote from space?

(3) Can dragonflies walk?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #39(1/15/2005)

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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 1769 lightning struck St. Nazaire's Church igniting 100 tons of stored gunpowder. The explosion destroyed one-sixth of Brescia, Italy, killing 3,000 people!

(2) Shakespeare created 1,700 common English words including ``assassination.''

(3) Walter Cavanaugh of California owns 1,497 valid credit cards with a total credit limit of $1.7 million! Lucky for him his 38-pound, 25-foot-long wallet can hold up to --- 800 credit cards!

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