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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #70(6/8/2006)

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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) French and German historians jointly wrote a textbook on world history from 1945 to the present and, surprisingly, the biggest disagreements were about America --- not World War II!

(2) "Hello judge..." Florentino Floro, a Philippines judge, was relieved of duty in April 2006 after claiming to have seen the future and to be able to communicate with magic dwarves!

(3) India's Haryana State has only 861 women for every 1,000 men, requiring men to import women from a cross the country to help maintain a normal living environment!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c12(8/6/2006)

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In October 2004, businessman Stephen Son of Los Angeles promised to pay back an investor with a contract --- written in his own blood!

Colombian police are training rats to seek out land mines!

Responding to the Ban on cell phones in class, teens in the U.K. have begun using high-pitched cell phone rings that can't be heard by most people over 20 years old!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Stephen use to write the contract?

(2) In order to seek out land mines, what kind of animals are Colombian police training?

(3) Why have the teens begun using high-pitched call phone rings?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #69(5/29/2006)

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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) "Ka-ching!" "The Weigh Inn" In March 2006, the Ostfriesland Hotel in Norden, Germany began charging visitors by how much they weigh!

(2) Members of the worldwide Society for Creative Anachronism dedicate themselves to learning the crafts and combat of bygone eras, ranging from ancient times to the Renaissance!

(3) "The Little Pool Shark" 9-year-old Jontel Baritua defeated 10 adults to qualify for the U.S. Pool Players Association Tournament in Reno, Nev., eventually tying for 33rd place out of 190 contestants!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #68(3/6/2006)

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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) About 80% of the earth's multi-cellular species --- including plants, animals and fungi --- is insects!

(2) Elmo Lincoln, the first actor to play Tarzan, stabbed a lion to death in self-defense while filming "Tarzan of the Apes" in 1918!

(3) In 24 years --- 1979-2003 --- over half a million people were killed by guns in Brazil!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #67(3/1/2006)

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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) Aochan, a snake at the Mutsugoro Okoku Zoo in Tokyo, shares a cage with his companion --- Gohan, a hamster!

(2) Having asked not to be buried in the event of her death, Johannas Pope's decaying body sat in her chair, facing the TV, for 2 1/2 years until police discovered her in January 2006!

(3) "Jumbo Jellies!" Deep in the Sea of Japan, Nomura's Jellyfish can grow to six feet wide and can weigh up to 450 pounds!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c11(7/24/2005)

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In 1993, lifelong stamp collector Hiroyuki Kanai bought a set of 183 Mauritian stamps for $10 million!

Research of Olympic events has shown that an athlete or team is more likely to win when dressed in RED!

John Evans of England can balance more than a ton of weight on his head!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What Hiroyuki Kanai buy for $10 million?

(2) According to the research of Olympic events, what kind of athletes or teams are more likely to win?

(3) What can John Evans do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #66(4/13/2006)

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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) "Pluto --- this way 40 miles" Peoria, Ill., has a model Solar System with both size and distance in scale. The sun is 36 feet in diameter and Pluto is 40 miles away! And only 1 inch wide!

(2) The eruption of Mount Tambora killed over 100,000 people and shot so much sum-blocking ash into the atmosphere that 1816 became known as "the year without a summer"!

(3) "Will work 4 One Irons" "Club Addiction" Mike MacDougall of North Palm Beach, Fla., went over $100,000 in debt collecting rarely used 1-iron golf clubs!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #65(3/2/2006)

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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) Alan Poster's Corvette was recovered by police in January 2006, 37 years after it had been stolen!

(2) "Mama!" 2-year-old Kaylee Reynolds was summoned to jury duty in Januraly 2006!

(3) While fighting for the Confederacy in the American Civil War, general Nathan Bedford Forrest had 29 horses shot out from under him!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #64(2/18/2006)

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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) The Dec. 30, 2005 appearance of tropical storm Zeta capped off a year which saw a record 27 named storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic ocean! Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta!

(2) In Plastination, a modern method used to preserve human bodies, a body's water is replaced with silicone retaining the color of organs and preserving them indefinitely!

(3) Henry "BOX" Brown escaped slavery in Virginia when he loaded himself into a crate on March 23, 1849 and shipped himself 275 miles to a free state!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c10(4/10/2005)

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Giant African land snails are dangerous ecological pests, and they are prolific! Three were released into the wild near Miami, Fla., in 1966 and it took 10 years and $1 million to eliminate all their offspring!

Hungry patrons consumed more than 20 tons of buffalo wings during the annual wing festival held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Anthony Gentile of Suffolk, Va., received $5.00 for creating the now-famous icon Mr. Peanut in 1916!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many giant African land snail were released in Florida in 1966?

(2) Where and when do people consume more than 20 tons of buffalo wings?

(3) How much did Anthony receive for creating Mr. Peanut?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #63(2/15/2006)

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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) Honey bees can be trained to recognize people's faces!

(2) A postman in Sussex, England, delivered a Christmas gift addressed to: Dan The Mushroom Man, in his van at the side of the road on Burgess Hill roundabout somewhere near Brighton

(3) After winning a world cup competition in downhill skiing on December 17, 2005, Lindsey Kildow of the U.S.A. was awarded a cow as the prize!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #62(5/8/2006)

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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) Denmark has more mobile phone subscriptions than it has inhabitants!

(2) Eureka! Scientists at the University of Oregon have discovered a way to make water flow uphill!

(3) Except for the years he served during World War II, Howard Purcell of Cincinnati, Ohio, served as an usher at every Cincinnati Reds baseball home game since 1937 until his retirement in 2005!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #61(4/28/2006)

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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) Without an atmosphere to scatter light, the shadows on the moon are much darker than shadows on earth!

(2) An Italian company produces jeans designed for comfortable kneeling that have extra pockets for storing accessories during Islamic prayer!

(3) The Swan, a pub in Ipswich, England, continues to pay an annual fine of 40 shillings for a murder that took place there in 1664!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c9(4/3/2005)

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In addition to English, India has 22 recognized official languages, including 3,000-year-old Sanskrit!

The Daleville (Indiana) High School girls' basketball team ended its 6-year, 113 consecutive game losing streak in February, 2005!

Elephants in a Chiang Mai, Thailand Sanctuary have been taught to use elephant-sized toilets!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many recognized official languages does India have?

(2) When did the basketball team win a game for the first time?

(3) Do the elephants in the sanctuary have their own toilets?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c8(2/5/2006)

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For 70 years, owners of this house in Eagleswood, N.J. have kept a chair on their rooftop!

Japanese carmaker Mazda offers a bonus to employees who walk to work!

The Canary Island get their name from the Latin word for the Dogs who inhabit it, not from canary birds --- who were named for the islands!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What have the owners of that house kept on their rooftop?

(2) What kind of employees does Japanese carmaker Mazda offer a bonus to?

(3) What kind of word do the Canary Islands get their name from?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #60(4/8/2006)

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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 "FINE" Mess! Mathew Buer of England was fined by two different cities for littering in February 2006, after tossing French fries from his car that landed on both sides of the border!

(2) Chickens with certain mutations can grow teeth similar to a crocodile's!

(3) On Feb. 22, 2006, Gene Bess, of Three River Community College, became the first college basketball coach in history to win 1,000 games!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #59(2/27/2006)

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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) California Institute of Technology student Leyan Lo solved the Rubik's Cube Puzzle faster than anyone in history --- in 11.13 seconds!

(2) "Star Speck" Actor William Shatner sold his kidney stone for $25,000!

(3) Using jellyfish DNA, researchers at National Taiwan University created pigs that glow in the dark!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #58(3/15/2006)

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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) 20% of Americans consider the lottery the most practical way to become wealthy!

(2) On Feb. 5, 2006, nearly 11,000 children brushed their teeth at the same time at a park in Manila, Philippines!

(3) On Jan. 27, 2006, Kevin Stephan of Lancaster, N.Y., saved "stranger's" life with the Heimlich maneuver and later discovered she was Penny Brown, who had saved his life --- six years earlier!

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