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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #101(2/3/2006)

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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) Actor Dick Van Patten's brand of dog food claims it tastes good enough for people to eat!

(2) The city of San Francisco held an outdoor ski jump competition on September 29, 2005, on real snow in 80-degree weather!

(3) Greek Scholar Eratosthenes (276-194 B.C.) used trigonometry to measure the circumference of the earth 2,200 years ago and was only off by a few hundred miles!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #100(11/9/2006)

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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) "AA" and AWAY! A team from the Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed an airplane that flies powered only by 160 conventional AA-size batteries!

(2) San Saba High School's Rogan Field in Texas is nicknamed the "graveyard" because it was built over a cemetery --- with some bodies left in place!

(3) The tongue louse, a snapper-fish parasite, crawls into the mouth of a fish, eats its tongue and then acts as the fish's tongue for the rest of its life.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #99(6/30/2006)

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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) Believing that posing for photos is sinful, Canada's small Hutterite Religious Community won a court ruling in May 2006 to acquire driver's licenses without identity pictures!

(2) Nick Hudson, a student at Carnegie Mellon University, is the only person in the Unites States pursuing bag pipes as a college major!

(3) While hunting in northern Canada, U.S. hunter Jim Martell encountered a grizzly-polar bear hybrid, the first ever found in the wild!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #98(2/12/2005)

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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) Officials in Canada and the U.K. have found that playing classical music aloud in blighted areas helps keep vandalism and gang activity away!

(2) Patricio Pena of San Juan, Puerto Rico, rolled a cigar measuring 62 feet --- topping the old world record by 17 feet. The giant stogie required 20 pounds of tobacco and 100 leaves, costing more than $2,000.

(3) Standing at just below 8 feet tall, Zhang Juncai is the tallest man in Asia!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c21(6/25/2006)

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On April 1 each year, the edible books festival is celebrated in the United States and 15 countries around the world!

The penguins of Philip Island, Australia, wear wool sweaters to keep warm as they recover from the loss of natural insulation destroyed by oil spills in their environment.

Ricky Megee ate only frogs and insects for 10 weeks while he was lost in the Australian outback --- and survived!

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(1) What kind of festival is celebrated on April 1 each year in the 16 countries?

(2) Why do those penguins need to wear wool sweaters?

(3) What did Ricky eat while he was lost in the outback?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #97(7/7/2006)

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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) "Dracorex Hogwartsia" When the children's museum of Indianapolis, IND., had the chance to name a newly discovered species of dinosaur, they referenced Hogwarts, the fictional wizard's school attended by Harry Potter!

(2) "Just Married!" Daisy and John Franko of Springfield, Ohio, were married on Feb 14, 2006, at the funeral home where they first met!

(3) "Place the bid!" At a charity auction in Doha, Qatar, and anonymous bidder paid $2.75 million for the phone number 666-6666!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #96(3/25/2006)

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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) "Chucky" a cat belonging to Kim Plancher of Jacksonville, Fla., has two hearts.

(2) Professor Jearl Walker of Cleveland State University can dip his hands into boiling lead and pull them out unharmed!

(3) While riding a mountain ski lift in January 2006, Derek Glover's ears popped and he instantly regained his hearing after 15 years of deafness.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #95(6/15/2006)

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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) Ear tow! On April 27, 2006, Lasha Patarava pulled a 4.5 ton van through the streets of Tbilsi, Georgia, with a rope attached to his ear!

(2) Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo displays parasites from around the world --- some of which can be purchased in the gift shop!

(3) Reverend Kevin Fast of Cobourg, Ontario, can support 2,560 LBS on his back! equivalent to: 2.5 quarter horses or 4 Jersey cows or 16 average men or 20 average women or 1 Honda Civic

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c20(5/21/2006)

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In 1976, the veterans of foreign wars in Norfolk, Ohio, created a 77-foot-long U.S. flag that takes the strength of 20 people to raise!

Big Dog, a 4-legged robot under development for the U.S. military, can maintain its balance across uneven terrain and keep standing despite a swift kick to the side!

Jupiter's great red spot, a high-pressure storm as wide as 3 earths, has been raging as long as telescopes have watched the skies --- nearly 350 years!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many people do you need to raise the 77-foot-long U.S. flag?

(2) Can the robot keep standing while kicking swiftly to the side?

(3) How long ago was Jupiter's great red spot watched first?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #94(1/18/2005)

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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) In Scotland, organized crime syndicates steal peat moss from boss and sell it to florists to help fund their activities!

(2) On Dec 1, 2004, Mckendree College men's basketball coach Harry Statham became the all-time wins leader in college basketball with the 880th win of his 38-year career!

(3) The United States has had nine different capitals! In order they were: Philadelphia, PA - Baltimore, MD - Lancaster, PA - York, PA - Princeton, NJ - Annapolis, MD - Trenton, NJ - New York, NY and finally Washington, DC in 1800!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #93(8/1/2006)

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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) A European science satellite has discovered a distant ball of gas in space that is 17,600,000,000,000,000,000 miles across --- hundreds of times larger than our entire Milky Way Galaxy!

(2) In June 2006, a local businessman in Aberystwyth, Wales shouted, ``Who wants free money?" He tossed £5,000 cash into the air and then drove away!

(3) In June 2006, Orlando Fonseca of London leaned out his window just in time to catch his upstairs neighbor as she fell out of her window!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #92(1/16/2006)

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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) After deciding to abandon Cerro Baul, Peru 1,000 years ago, the Wari people drank all the beer in the brewery first, then burned down all the civic buildings on the way out of town!

(2) Foreigners can't get a driver's license in Kuwait... without having a university education and an income of at least $1,370 a month.

(3) "In with the old and out with the ... fine?!" Using a defense based on a 1689 law, Robin De Crittenden of Willemiall, England, challenged a $100 parking fine --- and won.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #91(3/18/2006)

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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) A college class on the history of pigs in America is taught by Karim Tiro of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio!

(2) "Art? Oui, oui!" "Fountain," created by French artist Marcel Duchamp in 1917 from a store-bought urinal, was voted the world's most influential modern work of art by British artists in 2004!

(3) Believe it or not! Koalas' fingerprints are so similar to humans that they can sometimes be confused with each other!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #90(10/18/2005)

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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) "A Wiggly World Record!" Students at Eisenhower Junior High School of Taylorsville, Utah, hold six world records --- ranging from the world's largest loaf of bread to the fastest human conveyor belt!

(2) "Eureka!" "Hey! Put a chlamys on!" "Ancient Greek ... Streak!" After Archimedes realized the principle of displacement while taking a bath he ran naked through the Greek city of Syracuse shouting with excitement!

(3) "Hi... Remember me?" "Um..." David Turner, the first person arrested by Portland, Maine, police chief Michael Chitwood, 17 years ago --- attended the chief's retirement party!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c19(2/6/2005)

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"The Peace Bombing" To promote peace and unity among its citizens, Thailand's military used airplanes to drop 100 million paper birds on strife-torn areas!

A Tokyo department store is home to a pair of Wizard of OZ inspired slippers --- adorned with 690 rubies and worth $2 million!

The 2004 U.S. chess champion 16-year-old Hikaru Nakamura of White Plains, N.Y., was only 7 years old when he mastered the art of playing chess!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Thailand's military do to promote peace and unity among its citizens?

(2) How many rubies does the pair of Wizard of OZ inspired slippers have?

(3) How old was Hikaru when he became the 2004 U.S. chess champion?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #89(5/5/2006)

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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 1956, Goodyear Aircraft Company built an inflatable airplane!

(2) "Spy Glass" MIT scientists placed wireless links and sensors into paired wine glasses, allowing a person to know when their partner is drinking from the matched glass --- no matter where they are!

(3) When long-lost sisters Peggy Lill and Gladys Nohlquist found each other after 79 years in 2006 --- they discovered that both had become nurses, had married twice, and had mothered five children!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #88(3/9/2006)

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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) A 19-year-old man in New South Wales kicked the ground so hard while trying to kill a spider that he broke his leg in two places!

(2) The tomb of the unknowns in Arlington, VA., has been guarded 24 hours a day, every day, since 1937!

(3) Young Alesha Johnson of Heysham, England, tossed a bottle message into the ocean and only 6 months later received a response from Perth, Australia --- 9,000 miles away!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #87(1/20/2006)

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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) "Beware!" A Canadian teenager died of peanut allergies on Nov. 21, 2005 after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich hours earlier.

(2) During World War I, 26 angry wives in the village of Nagyrev, Hungary, killed their husbands using arsenic --- with no explanation why they did it!

(3) High school football coach John McKissick of Summersville, S.C. has won over 530 games during the past 54 years --- more than any other active coach in the sport at any level of competition!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #86(2/3/2005)

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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) "I see a new car in your future!" Jose Miranda, a Miami, Fla., a fortune teller, practices his craft by examining his clients' posteriors!

(2) Alexander the Great built an empire that stretched from Greece to Egypt to India, covering 2 million square miles, and did it all --- by the age of 33!

(3) Kenny Bethel of Miami, Fla., discovered a hiding place on a golf course when he was 15 --- and has lived there for more than 40 years!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c18(5/14/2006)

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A previously undiscovered meteorite crater in the desert of western Egypt has a diameter of 19 miles!

Kanjana Kaetkeow, who holds a record for living with scorpions, wore a bug-covered dress for her wedding with Montri Siangwong, who has similar records for living with centipedes, on Feb. 14, 2006 at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Pattaya, Thailand!

A stubborn Swedish man is $220,000 in debt, thanks to 1,593 parking tickets he has refused to pay!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How big is the meteorite crater in the desert of western Egypt?

(2) What kind of dress did Kanjana wear for her wedding?

(3) Why does the man have the $220,000 debt?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #85(5/11/2006)

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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) During a dive off the Cayman Islands on April 1, 2006, Martin Stepanek went to a depth of 1,004 feet without the aid of an air tank!

(2) The city of Istanbul, Turkey, which spans the Bosphorus Strait, connects two continents --- Europe and Asia!

(3) The town of Brookline, Mass., has had an official measurer of wood and bark for over two centuries!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #84(5/13/2006)

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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) 69-year-old Barbara St. Hilaire, who works as a video game correspondent for MTV, earned her nickname, "Old Grandma Hardcore," from playing video games for up to 10 hours a day!

(2) "King of Cards" Leroy Gensemer of Exeter, Mich. has collected over 1.4 million different business cards!

(3) The USS New York, a transport ship now under construction, is being built with 24 tons of steel salvaged from New York City's World Trade Center buildings!

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