Ripley's Believe It or Not! #220(2/11/2006)

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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) Georges Cuvier professed that bats fly by "touch" in the 1780's and in 2005 his hypothesis was proven to be partially correct!

(2) Soviet leader Josef Stalin funded a program in 1926 that attempted to crossbreed humans and apes to create sub-human super-soldiers!

(3) There is only one tissue in the body that cannot repair itself --- what is it? Answer: The enamel of the teeth!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #219(2/7/2006)

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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) Helsinki University of Technology's virtual air guitar project creates real music by measuring hand movements and speed!

(2) In September 2000, police in Bogota, Colombia discovered a 100-foot submarine being built to smuggle drugs out of the country!

(3) Vern Mikkelsen played in both the NBA's lowest-scoring basketball game, 19-18, and the highest-scoring game in regulation time --- 173-139!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #218(1/28/2006)

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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) "FOSSIL CABIN" A cabin near Medicine Bow, Wyo., is constructed almost entirely of dinosaur fossils!

(2) The Big 10 College Sports Conference has 11 members!

(3) Walt Disney holds two Academy Award records --- 59 nominations and 26 awards!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #217(10/17/2006)

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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 cemetery in Iraola, Argentina, has 3,000 burial plots set aside for fans and members of the Boca Juniors soccer team!

(2) "He really nailed the likeness!" Saimir Strati of Albania hammered nails into wood for 12 hours a day over 24 days to create an 86-sq-ft (8 sq m) mosaic portrait of Leonardo da Vinci!

(3) "Why is a banana tree not really a tree?" A banana tree doesn't have any wood and only lives for a single year! The trunk is made up of rolled-up leaves.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #216(12/29/2006)

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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 January 1992, tens of thousands of bathtub float toys spilled overboard from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean and since then scientists have studied ocean currents by tracking where the toys were found!

(2) Moscow, Russia has a vodka museum containing 50,000 bottles, some 200 years old!

(3) "Oi, where to?" Firstgroup, a British transportation company, hires Polish workers to fill vacant bus driver positions and uses British TV shows to teach them regional accents!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #215(12/26/2006)

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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 dolphin captured off the coast of Wakayama, Japan, in October 2006 had an extra set of flippers!

(2) Standing in for Roman Catholics unable to make the trip, Carlos Gil of Cascais, Portugal, regularly makes 7-day pilgrimages to the sanctuary of Fatima as a surrogate!

(3) "The crumbling Euro?" Seven months after the introduction of the Euro currency in 2002 --- 90% of the notes tested in Europe were already contaminated with traces of cocaine!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #214(10/4/2006)

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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) Comic strip detective Dick Tracy is 75 years old today! He made his debut on Oct. 4, 1931!

(2) "Little Face" "Rhodent" "Flat Top" Tracy's villains were purposely created with hideous faces and weird names so they were easier to identify as the bad guys!

(3) With uncanny foresight, strip creator Chester Gould envisioned futuristic personal electronic devices and in January 1946 he introduced the 2-way wrist radio --- It was later upgraded to a 2-way wrist TV in 1964 and then to a 2-way wrist computer in 1987!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #213(12/23/2006)

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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 giraffe has the longest tail of any land mammal --- over 8 feet (2.4M) long!

(2) "Rest in peace... overnight!" There was so much demand for hotel rooms during the 2006 Royal Flower Exposition in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that a temple opened its funeral hall and crematorium as a hostel!

(3) There is no camel hair in camel hair brushes! They are generally made from ox, goat, squirrel and pony!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #212(12/14/2006)

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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) Doctors in Israel removed a bladder stone from Moneera Khalil that measured 5.1 inches (13 cm) across!

(2) Israel Sarrio of Valencia, Spain, had his arm severed during an accident in January 2004 and doctors sewed it to his leg to keep it alive until they could reattach it!

(3) "True or false?" Albert Einstein was asked to become president of Israel. "True!" In 1952, Einstein turned down an offer to take the office after the death of the country's first president.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #211(12/16/2006)

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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 Tony --- 10 more pies!" 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month!

(2) In October 2006, Kazakhstan's National Bank misspelled the word "BANK" on its 2,000 and 5,000 tenge currency!

(3) What animal has its stomach running through its heart? --- Answer : the oyster!

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