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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #155(7/27/2006)

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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) A brown bear, nicknamed Bruno, wandered into Bavaria, Germany in May 2006 and became the first wild bear reported in the state in 170 years!

(2) A dog named Bud saved 8-year-old Nye Thomas from drowning by pulling him to safety after the boy fell into a river in Swansea, Wales, breaking both arms!

(3) U.K. art student Lauren Porter used 12 miles of yarn to knit a nearly full-size Ferrari!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c39(8/27/2006)

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For centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Coliseum was plundered for building materials that were used throughout Rome, including St. Peter's Basilica!

Demand for yellow shirts to wear in honor of the 60th anniversary of Thailand's king Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension was so large that the government threatened retailers with jail terms to prevent price gouging!

This figure contains only 9 circles and 8 hexagons.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was plundered for building materials that were used throughout Rome?

(2) Why did the government threaten retailers with jail terms to prevent price gouging?

(3) How many hexagons does the figure contain?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #154(7/20/2006)

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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) "Next... I said next!" "KARAOKE TONIGHT" In June 2006, 8 department heads in Vietnam's state-owned oil company were suspended from their jobs for not participating in karaoke after a business meeting!

(2) "This way to ZZYZX" California has a town called ZZYZX!

(3) Kathleen Hollenbeck of Bloomington, Ill., was shocked to find a cache of 27 native American skulls in the attic of her recently purchased cottage in June 2006!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #153(7/15/2006)

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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) "Bacteriophages" As an alternative to antibiotics, Eastern European doctors use brews of specialized viruses to fight bacterial disease!

(2) The state of Louisiana once had 2,500,000 acres of coastal prairie lands, but now just 1,000 acres are left --- less than 0.05%!

(3) When a pet cat died, Ancient Egyptians would shave their eyebrows in mourning!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #152(10/9/2006)

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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) In the 1760's French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil prepared for 8 years to record the transit of Venus --- only to have clouds block his view on his last chance to see it for a century!

(2) Microorganisms have been found in lakes of liquid carbon dioxide on the sea floor!

(3) When pieces of the Shoemaker-Levy Comet hit Jupiter in 1994, the impact of the largest fragment created a blast 75 times greater than all of the nuclear weapons on earth combined!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c38(6/5/2006)

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"Real-life Cinderella!" Prior to becoming a famous opera singer in 1995, Anna Netrebko had a job cleaning the floors of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre!

"Time Marches On" M.I.T. scientists in the U.S. have invented an alarm clock that moves itself after the snooze button is pressed --- forcing sleepers to open their eyes to find it when it goes off again!

Libya is the only country with a single-colored flag!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of job did Anna have prior to becoming a famous opera singer?

(2) What kind of alarm clock have the scientists invented?

(3) Which country has a single-colored national flag?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #151(10/25/2006)

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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) "Never too late!" Maurice Yankow of Valhalla, N.Y., graduated from medical school at age 65 --- and began practicing at age 70!

(2) George Reiger Jr. has the images of 1,860 Disney cartoon characters tattooed on his body.

(3) On August 20, 2006, a 7-mile (11Km) backward running race was held on the slopes of Stanserhorn Mountain in the Swiss Alps!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #150(10/7/2006)

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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) "Come on... Just a little bit more..." Rather than waiting for insects to come to their webs --- net-casting spiders hold their webs with their legs until they spot their prey and then wrap them around their dinner!

(2) Gas vents in volcanoes have blown smoke rings hundreds of feet in diameter!

(3) The books and notes of Marie Curie, who discovered radium in 1898, have been found to be all radioactive!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #149(7/26/2006)

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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) In addition to controlling commercial air traffic, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration licenses operating spaceports!

(2) The American Society of Civil Engineers holds an annual concrete canoe competition!

(3) The German military has developed a personal flying wing for parachuting special forces --- and soon it will be testing a jet-powered version that can carry a soldier 125 miles!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c37(9/17/2006)

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Ai Ai, a chimpanzee at the Qinling Zoo in Xi'an, China, was forced to stop smoking cigarettes in 2005 after she began the habit following the loss of her mate.

Snails eat with their tongues --- which are covered with sharp, tearing teeth --- similar to a chain saw!

"Done yet?" The cathedral of St. Pierre in Beauvais, France, was under construction for 350 years but was never completed!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did the chimpanzee start to smoke cigarettes?

(2) What kind of tongues do snails have?

(3) How many years was the cathedral under construction?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #148(8/8/2006)

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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) As part of their real-life tribute to the Blues Brothers, William Smith-Eccles and Mark Moore got special permission from the U.K. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to wear sunglasses for their driving license photos!

(2) British Millionaire Scott Alexander is looking to buy an entire town in Bulgaria and plans to rename it after himself!

(3) "Yikes!!" Russett, a Jack Russell terrier, ran off a 450-foot-high cliff while chasing a rabbit on the Isle of Wight, U.K., and landed with only minor cuts and bruises!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #147(7/12/2006)

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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) 20 states in the United States have an official soil!

(2) On March 25, 2006, doctors in Madrid, Spain, performed a six-organ transplant --- liver, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, stomach and spleen --- on an 18-month-old girl!

(3) "The Hot Head!" On May 22, 2006 in St. Augustine, Fla., a falling candle set a woman's hair on fire, which spread to the rest of the house as she ran for help!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #146(7/14/2006)

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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) Blind baseball reporter Ed Lucas was married at home plate in Yankee Stadium in March 2006, the first wedding on the field since the stadium was built in 1923!

(2) People can send their stuffed animals to a company in Munich, Germany, that gives the toy a VIP tour of the city and sends it back home with pictures of its trip!

(3) Peter Wing and his wife Toni have spent the last 22 years gathering discarded building materials to build a 3,500-square-foot, still unfinished --- castle in Millbrook, N.Y.!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c36(8/13/2006)

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Leonard Traenkenschuh of Port Townsend, Wash., has an eyebrow that is 3 1/2 inches long!

The desert city of Dubai, U.A.E., has the world's largest indoor snowdome --- a 25-story building with five snow-covered ski slopes!

Pica, an eating disorder characterized by eating inedible things --- gets its name from the Latin word for magpie birds, which eat almost anything.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long is Leonard's eyebrow?

(2) Where is world's largest indoor snowdome?

(3) What is the origin of the word pica?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #145(7/4/2006)

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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) Potatoes from northern France and Belgium are checked to make sure they haven't grown around buried explosives from World War I and II!

(2) "Pyow Pyow Pyow... Hack Hack Hack!" Nigeria's putty-nosed monkeys combine individual calls to create simple sentences --- a talent previously thought to be uniquely human!

(3) To study how babies develop language, Deb Roy, a college professor, has cameras and microphones throughout his house to record more than 400,000 hours of audio and video from the first three years of his son's life!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #144(8/26/2006)

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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) Antarctic notothenioid fish produce an antifreeze protein in their pancreas that allows them to stay comfortable --- even when the sea water around them freezes!

(2) In 2003, Terry Wallis came out of a 19-year coma when his brain rewired itself around the damaged areas!

(3) "Kick Me!" "Hard Kick!" During the 2006 world cup tournament in Berlin, two Austrian men were arrested for placing concrete-filled soccer balls around town with signs encouraging people to kick them!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #143(12/30/2006)

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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) On October 22, 2006, 13,446 people gathered to simultaneously play chess in Mexico City's Zocalo Square!

(2) Suspects in the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings each face a 38,000-year jail sentence if convicted!

(3) The government of Patna, India, hires singing eunuchs as tax collectors!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c35(10/15/2006)

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A small spider can travel hundreds of miles through the air, even crossing oceans --- by floating on an outstretched strand of silk!

Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson won a Nobel Prize in 1978 for a discovery they accidentally made!

Strongman Patrick Chege of Kenya allows trucks to run over his chest and gets up without injury!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many miles can a small spider can travel through the air?

(2) Who won a Nobel Prize in 1978 for a discovery they accidentally made?

(3) What does Patrick allow to run over his chest?

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