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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #129(9/26/2006)

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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 well designed boomerang can stay aloft for more than 17 minutes!

(2) Farmers in England have discovered that cows in different parts of the country "moo" with different accents!

(3) "The Mole Man" For the past 40 years, William Lyttle has been digging a 3-story-deep network of tunnels beneath his house in London but won't reveal the reason for doing so!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #128(3/29/2006)

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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) "Well-preserved memento!" On his 50th wedding anniversary, Les Lailey of Denton, England ate a canned chicken he had been saving for 50 years! No ill effects were reported.

(2) 400 skydivers from 31 countries shaped the largest mid-air free-fall formation ever created in February 2006.

(3) During times of Drought, the sharp-beaked ground finch of the Galapagos Islands, also known as the vampire finch, drinks the blood of larger birds!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c30(8/31/2003)

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A person weighs half a pound less in Quito, Ecuador, than Spitsbergen, in Norway.

Finn Hjort Christensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, has invented a frozen jelly dessert on a stick that won't drip on a child's clothes when eaten!

Tom Wilson of Los Angeles, Calif., is the first person to "sleep across America"! He toured the country in a chauffeured Winnebago that traveled only while he was fast asleep!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How much lighter is a person in Quito than in Spitsbergen?

(2) What kind of dessert has been invented in Denmark?

(3) How did Tom tour the U.S.A.?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #127(5/1/2006)

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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) Duct tape comes in a nuclear grade for use in nuclear reactors!

(2) Inspired by the biblical story of Noah --- Johan Huibers of Holland is building a 230-foot-long wooden ark, that he will fill with animals and sail to several Dutch cities!

(3) Sharks swam as far as 50 miles inland in March 2006, following heavy rains that flooded the Leichhardt River in Queensland, Australia.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #126(4/25/2006)

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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) It took 18th century English watchmaker John Harrison 47 years to perfect a timepiece for determining longitide at sea!

(2) Pope John Paul II held an honorary position on the Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Team!

(3) The current Irish government will likely repeal 2,300 laws dating back as far as a thousand years --- including a tax on French people!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #125(4/24/2006)

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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) After Paris ran out of graveyard space in the 18th century --- bodies were put into underground tunnels called the catacombs --- and those skeletons are still there, by the millions!

(2) At his 80th birthday, Lou Dunst of San Diego, Calif., saw Bob Persinger for the first time since Persinger freed him from the Ebensee Concentration Camp at the end of World War II over 60 years ago!

(3) Brenda Guiden's Greeting Card Company in Wichita, Kan, specializes in creating cards only for prisoners and their families!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c29(5/7/2006)

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The entire village of Elsa, Germany, was flooded by pig manure when a 63,400 gallon storage tank burst in February 2006!

The first recorded words in history were "Mary had a little lamb." spoken by Thomas Edison in 1877!

To train for an upcoming journey to the North Pole, Andrew Pearce of Fulbeck, England, drags a 144-pound truck tire around town!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was the entire village of Elsa, Germany flooded by?

(2) What words were first recorded in history?

(3) Why does Andrew drag a 144-pound truck tire around town?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #124(1/17/2006)

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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 real diamond will not show in an X-ray picture.

(2) Although it has a population of only 5.5 million, Papua New Guinea has over 700 spoken languages, most of which are entirely --- unrelated!

(3) The Statue of Liberty, long a symbol of America and officially part of New York, is geographically located inside the waters of New Jersey!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #123(3/20/2006)

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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) Kjell Grannes of Overholla, Norway, saw a moose that appeared to be surfing down the Namsen River in January 2006. The animal was actually stranded on a small ice flow rapidly moving downriver.

(2) "Long Distance Dis!" 5 months after tossing a message in a bottle into the ocean --- Harvey Bennett of Napeague, N.Y., got a response --- telling him not to litter!

(3) The "Vermont 251"
Vermont has a club for people who have been to every city, town and village in the state!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #122(1/23/2006)

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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) "Lotsa Luck?!" George Kaminski, imprisoned in Mercer, Pa., has collected over 72,000 four-leaf clovers from the prison grounds during his confinement!

(2) W. Durley Boyle of Hennepin, Ill., first elected in 1936, served 10 consecutive terms as county prosecutor --- a record in Illinois. Today, at age 92, he still works full-time in a private firm!

(3) While most other towns celebrate Christmas with a bedecked tree, officials in Claymont, Del., find and decorate the largest weed --- proclaiming it the town's Christmas weed!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c28(12/15/2002)

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Dr. John Smart of the University of Portsmouth, England, designed a bacteria-fighting toothpaste from crab shells!

"Pizza Supplies" Pizza dough spread out over 25 miles of highway near Chippewa Falls, Wis., after hot temperatures caused the yeast in the dough to rise and pop out the back of the delivery truck!

"When do we clap?" A concert at the Liverpool Cathedral in England Featured 50 minutes of soundless music using an infrasound generator that emitted sounds too low in frequency for the human ear to hear!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What is the bacteria-fighting toothpaste designed from?

(2) What kind of music did the concert feature?

(3) Why did the pizza dough spread out over 25 miles of highway?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #121(12/4/2006)

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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) 300 million years ago... dragonflies the size of eagles and cockroaches the size of small dogs roamed the earth!

(2) In 1912, 49-year-old "Granny" Anderson of Staples, Texas, had her intestines ripped out when a cow gored her. The doctor washed the wound with tap water, replaced her innards and sewed her up and she went on to live to age 105!

(3) Karoshi is the Japanese word for death from working too much!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #120(6/7/2006)

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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) When he died in February 2006, Polio patient John Prestwich of Chipperfield, England had spent 50 years breathing with the help of a machine --- making him the world's longest surviving iron lung patient!

(2) "For Sale" "The City of Bridgeville : Population 0" "The Town Nobody Wants" The entire town of Bridgeville, Calif., has been put up for auction on the internet twice and has failed to find a buyer --- both times!

(3) Mapusaurus Roseae, a newly discovered dinosaur in Argentina grew to 40 feet in length, larger than a T-Rex --- and may have hunted in packs!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #119(9/6/2006)

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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) 6-year-old Lu Di of Guanxi, China, was awarded 10 years of free tuition at his Kung Fu school for performing 10,000 pushups in 200 minutes!

(2) Halley didn't discover the comet that bears his name. He was merely the first to discover that it returned to earth every 76 years!

(3) Protons, the positively charged particles in the center of an atom, are so small that 500,000,000,000 could fit into the period at the end of this sentence.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #s1(1/9/2004)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) and (2). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A or B.

(1) "I got it!" Ezekiel Garnett and his sister Karen of Chicago, Ill., accidentally threw out a winning lottery ticket worth $10.5 million but managed to retrieve it due to a city garbage strike!

(2) "It's bath day!" "Time sure does fly by!" A law in Kentucky once required people to bathe at least once a year!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c27(6/30/2002)

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Al Skinner of Wrightsville, Pa., rides a motorcycle with a custom sidecar for transporting caskets of biker enthusiasts who don't want their body carried in a conventional hearse!

Jennifer Mertel and Chris Gallant of Halifax, N.S., Canada, were married in the produce aisle of a local supermarket!

American Norman Frank, age 72, has run in over 800 marathons!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Who doesn't want their body carried in a conventional hearse?

(2) Where did Jennifer and Chris get married?

(3) How many marathons has the 72-year-old man run in?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #118(7/31/2006)

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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) A 1981 minor league baseball game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pochester Red Wings included 219 at-bats in 33 innings and took 8 hours, 25 minutes to finish.

(2) "An Animal with a lot of Heart!" The giraffe has a two-foot-long heart that weighs 25 pounds!

(3) U.S. communities with numbered names: Fifty-six, Ark., Forty-four, Ark., Ninety-six, S.C., and Eighty-eight, KY.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #117(5/17/2006)

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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) Chlamydomonas nivalis is an algae that grows directly on snow, turning it pink and giving it the taste of watermelon!

(2) Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., drank a gallon of milk in 41 seconds to qualify for the 2006 Philadelphia Wing Bowl and then ate 173 chicken wings to win the competition!

(3) Now he is a "BIG 1" --- Sean McCrory of Donegal, Ireland paid over $175,000 to register the license plate, "BIG 1"!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #116(9/23/2006)

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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) "E=mc2" The energy in a person's body is equal to 30 large hydrogen bombs!

(2) Albert Einstein's first academic paper was on the physics of drinking straws!

(3) "Let me in!" In August 2006, Detlef Federsohn was caught trying to break into a prison in Vienna, Austria!

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