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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #142(9/27/2006)

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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) German toy company Steiff produced a line of gold-fur teddy bears for their 30th anniversary --- and sold them for $30,000 each!

(2) Members of the Seven Continents Club have run in marathons on every continent on this planet!

(3) Szabolcs Bodnar, a barber from Budapest, Hungary, cuts hair with axes and swords as his customers hang from the ceiling!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #141(9/25/2006)

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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) Pluto, formerly the 9th planet in our solar system, was actually the 8th closest planet to the sun from 1979 to 1999!

(2) Russians eat an average of 246 pounds of potatoes a year. That's more than anyone else in the world!

(3) Trap-jaw ants can launch themselves into the air at speeds of 85 miles per hour simply by snapping their jaws against the ground!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #140(9/20/2006)

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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) Dimitri Mendeleev (1837-1907) the creator of the periodic table of elements, refused to acknowledge the existence of the electron or of radiation!

(2) Mastodon literally means "nipple teeth."

(3) Turkmenistan has a national holiday devoted to melons!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c34(7/13/2003)

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Marathon runner Frank Shorter, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1972, once ran the New York City marathon on a broken ankle!

In the Middle Ages, barbers not only cut hair, they performed surgery and bloodletting, and extracted teeth!

The mausoleum of the late Raymond Tse Jr. in the Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery in New Jersey has a full-size stone Mercedes parked in the back of it!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Who ran the New York City marathon on a broken ankle?

(2) What did barbers do in the Middle Ages?

(3) What does the mausoleum of late Raymond Tse Jr. have in the back?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #139(9/19/2006)

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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) A bumblebee can find its way back to the hive from as far away as 8 miles!

(2) In April 2006, a tree in San Antonio, TX, began to spout a constant flow of clean, drinkable water!

(3) "The Wide Bride!" In August 2006, Josephine Delaney of Tolworth, England, was married in a 392-pound wedding dress!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #138(9/16/2006)

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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) During the 2006 monsoon season in India, a photo was taken of a mouse hitching a ride on the back of a frog to avoid floodwaters!

(2) Hiroshi Ishiguro of Japan created a robot duplicate of himself so he could teach classes from a remote connection!

(3) Louisiana loses nearly a football field's worth of land to coastal erosion about every 15 minutes!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #137(9/13/2006)

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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 July 2006, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran banned the usage of many foreign words in the Farsi language --- including "pizza" and "chat."

(2) Paul Westlake of Plymouth, England, lost his wallet in the sea, but it was returned to him later --- found clutched in a lobster's claw!

(3) Using infrared vision, pit viper and boa constrictor snakes can catch their prey in total darkness!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c33(10/6/2002)

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At the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., there are displays of one-shot lipstick guns, poison umbrellas and fake lumps of coal filled with explosives!

Nick Nikolaidis of Montreal, Canada, sank over 16,000 billiard balls in 24 hours!

Al Gliniecki of Pensacola, Fla., tied 679 cherry stems into knots using only his tongue!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of displays are there in the International Spy Museum?

(2) How many billiard balls did Nick sink in 24 hours?

(3) How did Al tie the cherry stems into knots?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #136(9/12/2006)

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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) Following the accidental dumping of 200 tons of sulfuric acid into China's Grand Canal in August 2006, officials quickly added 200 tons of alkali to neutralize the acid and save marine life!

(2) In August 2006, Patrick Huet of France unveiled a poem with 7,547 verses hand-written on a 3,621-foot-long scroll!

(3) The marker of the swans, an 800-year-old position in Britain, keeps an official census of the number of swans on the river Thames!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #135(9/11/2006)

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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) 44-year-old Colin O'Neill of Rad Cliffe, England, lifted a 3-ton ditch digger off a 14-year-old neighbor and held it up for 20 minutes until paramedics could rescue the boy!

(2) In July 2006, armed police rescued villagers in Bo, Sierra Leone, from a marauding group of wild bush cows after they gored a farmer to death and trampled homes!

(3) There are so many wild monkeys causing problems on India's Delhi Metro Rail Line, that officials now use a trained black-faced langur monkey to scare the others away!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #134(9/9/2006)

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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) "Beer and Swine!" The pub in the paddock of Pyengana, Tasmania, is home to a pair of pigs that drinks along with the patrons!

(2) During the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese strafed a civilian DC-3, igniting a fire in the cockpit, but a second bullet activated a fire extinguisher that put the fire out!

(3) "Tomb Much!" The grandmother of Qui Shi Huang (260-210 BCE), the first emperor of China, was buried in a 42-acre tomb!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c32(1/20/2002)

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Jack Hall of Great Britain used 14,000 matchsticks to create a violin and bow that can actually be played!

A team of people in Maastricht, the Netherlands, spent 2 months setting up 3,540,562 dominoes which were then toppled in 1 1/2 hours!

Scientists have discovered a species of rock wallaby that has purple fur around its face and neck!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of musical instrument did Jack create?

(2) How long did it take the people to set up 3,540,562 dominoes?

(3) What have the scientists discovered?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #133(9/5/2006)

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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) During World War II, Hans-Joachim Schaede of Germany invented a gun barrel for tanks that could shoot around corners at 30 and 90 degrees!

(2) "Killer Kangaroo" The dog-sized Ekaltadeta kangaroo, which lived 20 million years ago, galloped instead of hopped and hunted with powerful forearms and knife-like fangs!

(3) You can only get to Juneau, the state capital of Alaska by water or air. There are no roads leading to the city --- from anywhere!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #132(9/2/2006)

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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) A soccer team in Hamburg, Germany, has burial sites adjacent to their stadium for fans to purchase!

(2) Dutch citizens get tax write-offs for taking witchcraft classes!

(3) On July 20, 2006, villagers in Manna, India, saw small fish rain from the sky!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #131(7/8/2006)

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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) More than 75% of all the world's soccer balls are made in Sialkot, Pakistan!

(2) Nearly 10% of Mexico's population lives in the United States!

(3) The giant beach worms of Australia can grow over eight feet in length!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c31(12/17/2006)

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Hundreds of computer monitors from an unknown source washed ashore in September and October 2006 on Tai Long Wan Beach in Sai Kung, Hong Kong!

Vanda Jones of Penygroes, Wales, had the birthdays of her 5 children tattooed on her arm so she would never forget them!

"You may kiss the Bride!" In areas of rural China, some families with dead, unmarried sons purchase a dead woman's body and bury them together as a married couple!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What washed ashore on a beach in Hong Kong in 2006?

(2) What did Vanda have tatooed on her arm?

(3) What do some families purchase when they have lost unmarried sons?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #130(8/9/2006)

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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) "Born Free" India's attempt to hybridize Asian and African lions resulted in a stock of sickly animals, which are now living out their lives at a lion retirement home in Punjab State's Chhatbir Zoo!

(2) While dressed as a superhero for his pizza delivery job, Cameron Evans of Minneapolis, Minn., foiled a purse snatching on June 6, 2006!

(3) When Pierre Landry won the 1868 election in Donaldsonville, LA., he became the first African-American mayor in the United States!

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