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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #115(4/8/2005)

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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) A $14,400 teabag adorned with 280 diamonds has been created by British tea maker PG Tips in honor of its 75th anniversary!

(2) A jacket and wallet belonging to Edward Strauch were returned to him 32 years after he survived a 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountain made famous in the movie ``Alive''!

(3) The Pan-American highway system spans 16,000 miles from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego at the tip of South America. Its only gap is a 54 mile section of jungle along the Panama border!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c26(9/3/2006)

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On the morning of June, 2006, a pink car was found on the roof of a high school in Plainview, N.Y.!

Some tropical fish suppliers in Hong Kong sell fish that have had cosmetic surgery and tattoos applied by lasers!

Shrews and humming birds, the smallest warm-blooded animals, must eat nearly their body weight in food every day or risk starvation!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was found on the roof of a high school?

(2) What kind of tropical fish do the suppliers in Hong Kong sell?

(3) How much do shrews and humming birds have to eat every day?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #114(5/16/2006)

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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) Former chef Rab Wood of Glenrothes, Scotland, regularly cooks entire meals in the middle of the night --- while he is still asleep!

(2) Resilin, the rubbery protein found in flea legs and fly wings is more elastic than any artificial rubber!

(3) The winner of the 2006 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is a machine built by Purdue University engineering students requiring 215 separate actions to shred five sheets of paper!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #113(7/18/2006)

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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 dead dog, dropped by a high-flying vulture, fell from the sky onto the streets of Land O Lakes, Fla., startling motorists who did not see the bird of prey!

(2) It is illegal to catch grey squirrels in Norwich, England --- unless you immediately kill them!

(3) Vivian Barr of Vancouver, Canada, hit her first hole-in-one on April 25, 2006, after 77 years of playing golf!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #112(8/28/2006)

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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) During a June 4, 2006, professional baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., a seagull was hit by a pitch --- fell to the ground, regained its senses and flew away!

(2) Jim Dillinger, a 45-year-old retired soldier from Mount Orab, Ohio, spent a year-long tour of duty in Iraq as a compat engineer --- due to a clerical error!

(3) "STOP!" When a suspect ran straight off a 50-foot cliff in Princeton, W.Va., in July 2006 --- two police officers jumped over the edge to make the arrest! Only the suspect was severely injured.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c25(2/24/2002)

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Colin Wood of Essex, England, rented a decommissioned nuclear bunker with 10-ft.-thick concrete walls for 2 weeks in order to avoid the stress of Christmas!

In Reno, Nev., there was a "Fruitcake Survival Test" in which people tried to destroy fruitcakes by driving over them, dropping them from buildings and kicking them like footballs!

Paolo Rais of Switzerland invented an 18-seat rectangular table with electric motor driven chairs that move at a rate of 3.5 inches per minute so diners can socialize without getting up!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Colin do in order to avoid the stress of Christmas?

(2) What did the people do in the "Fruitcake Survival Test?"

(3) What kind of table did Paolo invent?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #111(5/22/2006)

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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 Zimbabwe, the country with the shortest life expectancy --- the average person can expect to die by age 36!

(2) "Sticky Bacteria!" To stick to river rocks, Caulobacter Crescentus Bacteria secrete a glue stronger than any manmade adhesive which is capable of withstanding stresses of five tons per square inch!

(3) The United Kingdom has no official national flag! No law has ever been passed making the famous Union Jack flag official!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #110(2/1/2006)

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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) Aj Jacobs of New York City read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica --- 33,000 pages and 44 million words --- in 15 months!

(2) Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn was 21 years old in his rookie year, wore uniform #21 for 21 seasons, and won 21 games a season on 8 occasions!

(3) For the 2005 holiday season, Mark Davis of Wales wore a small artificial Christmas tree on his head!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #109(6/20/2006)

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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) "Take a Number!" Leonid Chermovetsky the new mayor of Kiev, Ukraine, announced he would personally hear complaints on May 13, 2006 --- Nearly 2,000 people visited his office that day!

(2) For the past year, a group dressed in superhero costumes in Hamburg, Germany, has been robbing gourmet restaurants and stores and handing out the food to the city's poor!

(3) The world's tallest Ferris wheel, at 525 feet, is the newly built star of Nanchang (China). It's 80 feet taller than the second tallest, The London Eye in England.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c24(8/7/2005)

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A racing horse in New Zealand named "Rain, Hail or Shine" died on June 1, 2005, after being struck by lightning!

A newborn giant panda weighs only a few ounces and is the size of a mouse, but can grow to weigh more than 300 pounds!

"Doggin' the walk!" Pluto, a poodle owned by Kimio Koyama of Matusaka, Japan, can walk nearly a half-mile on its hind legs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was the name of the racing horse killed by lightning?

(2) How much does a newborn giant panda weigh?

(3) What can the poodle do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #108(5/24/2006)

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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) Every year on the first day of spring, boaters in Annapolis, MD., gather for a sock-burning ceremony to celebrate the return of warm weather!

(2) "Hitz Misses!" At age 14, George Hitz sent a postcard with an incorrect address from his home in DeLand, Fla, and it was returned by the post office 50 years later!

(3) Yasser Arafat, the international airport in Gaza, remains open and keeps its employees on payroll even though a flight hasn't landed there since 2001!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #107(4/20/2006)

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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) "Feudal Island" Europe's last feudal government still rules the isle of Sark, off the British coast.

(2) Emily the cat ran away from Lesley McElhiney in Appleton Wis., and was found a month later in Nancy, France --- over 4,000 miles away!

(3) Following the mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789, Captain William Bligh and his officers rowed a longboat nearly 4,000 miles across the Pacific to reach safely!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #106(4/18/2006)

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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) Melissa Huff of Arcadia, California, had her prosthetic leg stolen and returned by a burglar --- twice --- in five months!

(2) Operation Iraqi Children, founded by actor Gary Sinese and author Laura Hillenbrand, has provided school supplies to over 125,000 children since 2004!

(3) University students from Singapore Polytechnic have developed a plant that, when crossed with jellyfish DNA, glows when it needs water!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c23(2/26/2006)

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The U.S. Mint produced 1.5 million pennies made from aluminum in 1974 --- but never used any of them.

Several U.S. clothing companies made socks from corn!

"Sensitive Tooth!" The 8-foot-long tooth of the narwhal contains as many as 10 million nerve connections!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many people used pennies made from aluminum?

(2) From what do the U.S. clothing companies make socks?

(3) Is the 8-foot-long tooth of the narwhal sensitive?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #105(4/4/2006)

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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) A man from Malakal, Sudan, was forced by local officials to marry a neighbor's goat in February 2006!

(2) Allya, a beluga whale at an aquarium in Hamada, Japan, can blow bubble rings!

(3) As part of his plan to promote Western European ideas during his 1682-1725 reign, Peter the Great of Russia taxed facial hair to discourage long beards!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #104(2/16/2006)

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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) Believe it or not! Some dogs have been trained to sniff out cancer in humans!

(2) In December 2005, Mark W. Smith and Steven J. Freeman survived 11 days at sea in a life raft without water --- drinking only their own urine!

(3) "Safe!" New York City's Felix Vasquez, who plays catcher on a baseball team --- caught a baby dropped from the third story of a burning apartment building on December 15, 2005!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #103(7/19/2006)

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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) "Help me!" "Today's Quota" A supermarket in Donguan, China, requires its employees to kill 150 flies in the store each day!

(2) Police trainer Howard Sawyers of Elkhorn, Wis., can eat 13 doughnuts in three minutes!

(3) To learn more about wool-producing genes, Australian scientists are searching for the country's ugliest sheep to study!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #102(8/6/2005)

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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 plea for help inside a floating bottle in May 2005, led Costa Rican fishermen to 86 shipwrecked migrants dying of starvation on an island!

(2) "Flower Power!" Rafflesia, the world's largest flower, grows up to 3 feet across --- yet the plant lacks leaves, stems, roots or chlorophyll!

(3) Skydiver Joseph Malgioglio was hit by the same plane from which he jumped, causing the plane to crash in Yorkville, Wis., neither the jumper nor the pilot was seriously injured!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c22(3/19/2006)

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The 1998-2003 war in the Democratic Republic of Congo had 15 different armed groups and 7 foreign armies involved in the fighting!

The University of Tennessee operates the Body Farm, where dead bodies are put into different situations and environments for forensic researchers to study decomposition!

While preparing to greet the world at the 2008 Olympics, officials in Beijing, China are using city employees to teach locals how to stand in line --- something they are not accustomed to doing!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many foreign armies did the war have involved?

(2) For what purpose does the University of Tennessee operate the Body Farm?

(3) What do city employees teach locals?

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