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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #83(2/24/2006)

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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) "Cemetery is full! Dying is prohibited! Until further notice." To protest a new law against building new cemeteries in their city of Biritiba Mirim, Brazil, local officials created a ban against dying!

(2) It's now or never! When forced to choose between a 30-year accumulation of Elvis Presley memorabilia and his girlfriend, Jim Curtin held an auction and sold his collection for over a million dollars!

(3) President Evo Morales is the first native American leader in Bolivia's 180-year history as an independent country!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #82(3/15/2005)

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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) "Sore Boar!" While walking by a pond near his home, Larry Earley of Okahumpka, Fla., shot a charging wild boar that weighed more than 1,100 pounds!

(2) Teenager David Hahn of Commerce Township, Mich., spent three years building a nuclear reactor in his backyard shed, abandoning the project when it began spewing radiation throughout the neighborhood!

(3) The 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, the world's largest blue diamond, was originally cut from an even larger French crown jewel stolen during the French Revolution!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c17(11/5/2006)

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Every day, nearly 100 tons of rock and dust fall to earth from space!

Bolas spiders catch their prey by flinging out a line of silk with a sticky blob at the end!

"20252" Smokey Bear, the U.S. mascot for forest fire prevention, has his own postal zip code for fan mail!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How much of rock and dust fall to earth from space every day?

(2) How do bolas spiders catch their prey?

(3) Who has the potal zip code for fan mail?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #81(5/10/2006)

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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 Pond - Moonlight," a photo taken by Edward Steichen in 1904 --- sold in February 2006 for $2,928,000 --- more than doubling the most ever paid for a photograph!

(2) "Unfair to Termites!" Mike Mercier's Auburn, Maine, home and everything in it is built completely of concrete, including the walls, floors, furniture, tables and countertops!

(3) Scientists at Singapore's institute of bioengineering and nanotechnology have developed a paper battery that can be powered by urine or saliva!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #80(5/9/2006)

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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) On the Greek island of Salamis, archaeologists have uncovered a 3,200-year-old palace and town once administered by Ajax, a legendary figure in the Trojan War!

(2) On March 12, 2006, Matt Suter of Fordland, Mo., was pulled from his grandmother's home by a tornado and landed --- unharmed, over 1,300 feet away!

(3) On March 13, 2006, part of a roof collapsed on a house in Peoria, Ill., from the weight of pigeon excrement!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #79(2/6/2006)

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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) "Dude, where's my plane?" The small island of Nauru had its only airplane taken back by the US government due to failing to pay for it!

(2) Leslie Hackwell of Gloucester, England, suffered 32 cardiac arrests within 20 minutes, and survived!

(3) Motorists in England today drive on the left side of the road because during the middle ages warriors rode to the left of approaching horsemen, so their swords would be aligned properly for combat!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c16(2/12/2006)

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To bring attention to the plight of the homeless, 54-year-old Terry Coleman of Denver. Colo., sang church hymns for 40 hours, 17 minutes straight --- finishing 849 songs!

Ancient Romans used poisonous lead as food seasoning and as a wine preservative!

"Shell collecting Shells!" As carrier shell mollusks roam the ocean floor, they cement pieces of coral, smaller shells, and other debris onto themselves!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did Terry sing 849 songs straight?

(2) What did Ancient Romans use as food seasoning and as a wine preservative?

(3) What do carrier shell mollusks cement on themselves while roaming the ocean floor?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #78(2/13/2006)

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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) In a 1947 football game, Y.A. Tittle of Louisiana State University returned an interception of 50 yards despite the fact that his pants were falling down!

(2) Napoleon's armies always approached on the right side of the road, forcing most of Europe to do the same. Nearly 200 years later --- that's still the side of the road motorists use!

(3) Within a few weeks in late 2005, 130 30-foot-high aluminum lamp poles were stolen from the streets of Baltimore, Ma. --- and nobody saw who took them!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #77(1/31/2006)

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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) Can you draw a square with your right hand and a circle with your left hand simultaneously? Try it!

(2) In 2005, Simon Starling dismantled a shed on the banks of the Rhine River in Germany, built a boat from the material and floated to Switzerland --- where he rebuilt the shed!

(3) The name of president Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines is misspelled on a government-issued 100-peso bill released in 2005!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #76(2/8/2006)

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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) Buddhist monks of the Tendai order of Japan's Hiei Mountain engage in 1,000-day walks traveling over 24,000 miles while wearing straw sandals!

(2) "Devoted Mom!" Unlike most squids, Gonatus onyx mothers carry eggs in their tentacles --- protecting them for up to nine months until they hatch!

(3) Gary Stretch of England has super-elastic skin!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c15(5/1/2005)

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19th-century political cartoonist Thomas Nast created three of America's most enduring icons: the donkey and elephant of American politics, and the modern image of Santa Claus!

Con Agra's flour mill in Hastings, Minn., has been operating for 150 years and today can process two square miles of grain daily!

A lawsuit had been filed against the city of Norwalk, Conn., by a city clerk whose coworkers wore too much perfume!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Thomas Nast create?

(2) How long has the flour mill been operating?

(3) Why did the city clerk file a lawsuit against the city of Norwalk?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c14(10/1/2006)

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14-year-old John Sterlin Browne of Edinburgh, Scotland, grew his afro hairstyle so long that he required treatment for head pain --- but in June 2006 he shaved it off and raised £630.90 for charity!

The two highest positions in Poland's government, president and prime minister, are currently occupied by identical twins --- Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski!

Angela Magdaleno of Los Angeles has given birth to 7 children in just 3 years!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did John require treatment for head pain?

(2) Why are both of the president and prime minister like?

(3) How many children has Angela given birth to in three years?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #75(5/23/2006)

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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) In April 2006, a plague of rat-tailed maggots hit Cape Town, South Africa, appearing in toilets and water taps around the city.

(2) There were two U.S. presidents and a future president in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963 --- John Kennedy, who was assassinated that day, vice-president Lyndon Johnson, who took the oath of office while in town, and Richard Nixon, who would become president in 1969, was in town on business.

(3) WANTED "LEWIS" FOR BEHAVING BADLY! After repeatedly attacking people in the neighborhood, Lewis, a cat living in Fairfield, Conn., was put under house arrest by police --- banning him from ever leaving the house!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #74(8/3/2006)

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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 bullet fired into Brenda Scott's New York apartment in June 2006, was stopped by a jar full of coins she had near the front door!

(2) "MINI TO THE MAX!" In June 2006, 21 people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia crammed themselves into a Mini Cooper!

(3) Ocie Tune King graduated from West Virginia University with a liberal arts degree in 1999 at the age of 94!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #73(9/28/2006)

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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) At a 2006 trial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a murder suspect was acquitted --- thanks to two letters claimed to have been dictated by a ghost!

(2) Lydia Fairchild of Washington State became one of only 50 people in the world known to be born with two different sets of DNA.

(3) "Squak!" Nearly 40% of Europe's public zoos have had animals ranging from parrots to lions stolen for the purpose of stocking illegal private collections of the wealthy!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c13(10/8/2006)

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Brad Freeman of Calgary, Canada, can catch an egg thrown from 215 feet away in his mouth --- without breaking it.

Irvin Gordon has driven more than 2.5 million miles in his 1966 VOLVO car!

"A Half-pint Pub" The Signal Box Inn, a pub in Cleethorpes, England, is only 8 feet wide by 8 feet deep and has only for bar stools!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How can Brad catch an egg thrown from 215 feet away?

(2) How many miles has Irvin driven in his car?

(3) How big is the Signal Box Inn?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #72(7/10/2006)

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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) "HICCUP" The average Irish household spends more than $2,000 a year on alcohol --- three times higher than any other European Union country.

(2) Mark Colling of Llanell, Wales, UK, used five million matchsticks to build a 23-foot-long replica of the Titanic --- complete with an eight-foot iceberg!

(3) "TO:KENYA FROM:CALIFORNIA" The movie "Out Of Africa" (1985) was filmed in Kenya, using lions imported from California!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #71(6/6/2006)

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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) New Hamphire's auto license plates bearing the motto, "LIVE FREE OR DIE" --- are made by prisoners!

(2) "Busting a Record!" To raise money for breast cancer research, women on the island of Cyprus linked 114,782 bras into a 70-mile-long chain!

(3) In 2004, NEC, a Japanese electronics company, discovered a Chinese firm had been counterfeiting NEC products and operating its entire business --- with dozens of factories and warehouses --- illegally under the NEC name!

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