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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #168(8/21/2006)

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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) At age 105 and unable to see the pins, Bill Hargrove of Cleveland, GA., bowls on a regular basis --- a sport in which he has competed since 1924!

(2) Hero of Alexandria described a simple steam engine used around the first century BC --- more than 16 centuries before modern steam-powered equipment was invented!

(3) On July 17, 1969, as the Apollo 11 mission headed to the moon, the New York Times published a retraction of a 1920 article in which it ridiculed Dr. Robert Goddard, the father of rocket science, and the possibility of space flight!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #167(8/19/2006)

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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 77-million-year-old dinosaur fossil found in Malta, Mont., still has its skin and soft tissue intact!

(2) Frogfish shoot jets of water from their gills to move through the water!

(3) "Wing-powered air conditioning!" Honeybees keep their hives cool with a breeze generated by rapidly flapping their wings!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c43(9/11/2005)

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Volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan are believed to spew out ice, not molten lava!

John Grady Colson's Greensboro High School class ring was stolen in 1949 and returned to him --- 56 years later, after being found by Charles and Dot Adams of Orlando, Fla.

In July 2005, the Florida Keys' largest artificial reef, the 510-foot ship, USS Spiegel Grove, was flipped upright by hurricane Dennis!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What are volcanoes on Titan believed to spew out?

(2) How long did it take John to recover the stolen class ring?

(3) What made the 510-foot ship upright?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #166(8/18/2006)

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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) "Bamboo-choo-choo!" Cambodia has a railroad with trains built mostly from bamboo and scavenged parts!

(2) "See much in Neemuch!" Neemuch is the eye donor capital of India, having provided eyes for transplants to over 3,000 people in the country!

(3) "Witch switch!" In July 2006, Zimbabwe's government repealed a century-old ban on witchcraft!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #165(8/17/2006)

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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) In June 2006, a stray kitten in Florida fell into an industrial wood chipper and survived her trip through the blades!

(2) Prialt, a powerful painkiller available in the U.K., comes from snail venom!

(3) Stone wheels, some as large as 12 feet in diameter, are still used as currency on the South Pacific Island of Yap!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #164(8/16/2006)

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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) Adriaan Marais and Marinus Du Plessis are traveling on Jetskis from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami, Fla. --- a distance of 13,000 miles.

(2) "Azul?" "No." "Lluvia?" "No." "Emiliano?" "Si!" In Chihuahua, Mexico, it is illegal for parents to give their babies unusual or entirely foreign names!

(3) Skip Hunsaker of Coos Bay, Ore., created a topographical map of his home country using cigarette cartons!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c42(12/31/2006)

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The bottom-dwelling Red-lipped Batfish looks like an algae-covered rock --- except for its bright red lips!

"43,252,003,274,489,856,000" A 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube toy has over 43 quintillion possible positions!

Serving as a surrogate mother in 2001, a Japanese woman in her 50s gave birth to her own granddaughter!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Red-lipped Batfish look like?

(2) How many possible positions does a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube have?

(3) What did the Japanese woman do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #163(8/15/2006)

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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) The international golf tournament in Castle Rock, Colo., has been delayed by weather every year for the past 20 years!

(2) The multi-billion-dollar rocket launch pad SLC-6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, built on land sacred to the Chumash Native Americans, didn't send up a rocket for nearly 3 decades --- and many flights since have been marked by explosions and mishaps!

(3) To mark its 150th year in 2006 the town of Columbus, Neb., planted a 19-acre cornfield and created a maze with over 3 miles of twists and turns.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #162(8/14/2006)

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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) A 14.5-foot-long hammerhead shark caught near Boca Grande, Fla., on May 23, 2006, was pregnant with a record 55 babies!

(2) As a couple, Don Tuttle and Carol Deeble have ridden over 700 roller coasters in 15 countries!

(3) For much of his career, former Texas A&I University football coach Gil Steinke (1919-1995) coached from the stands to get a better view of the game and used runners to deliver plays to the team on the sidelines!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #161(8/12/2006)

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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) "Dis is da way to swing!" 5-year-old Steven Olson of St. Paul MN. holds a U.S. patent on a way to swing!

(2) "Hic." Following a malfunction at a nearby distillery in June 2006, Brachalinskie Lake in Wielkopolska, Poland, was reported to have concentrations of vodka as high as 30%!

(3) Irish author and playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is the only person to win both an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c41(12/24/2006)

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In the Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Windsor, NS, Canada --- contestants hollow out massive pumpkins and race them across a lake!

The Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary maintain a database of over 1 billion examples of word use within the English language!

Despite the international custom following national tragedies --- Saudi Arabia never flies its flags at half-mast, even upon the death of its king!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which country has the Giant Pumpkin Regatta every year?

(2) How many examples of word use in English does the database have?

(3) Which country never flies its flags at half-mast?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #160(8/11/2006)

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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) "The Doomsday Vault" Norway is spending over 4 million dollars to fund a seed bank capable of providing future crops in case of a global catastrophe!

(2) Over half the bones in a human body are in the hands and feet!

(3) The 27th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which restricts congressional pay raises, was proposed in 1789 and took over 200 years to ratify --- finally passing in 1992!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #159(8/10/2006)

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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) "Close call!" Although Alexander Graham Bell gets credit as inventor of the telephone, he and Elisha Gray Both applied for the patent on the same day --- just hours apart!

(2) If we kept the same body proportions as adults that we had as babies, our head would be about 8 times as heavy as it is now!

(3) The pink-flowered orchid of Yunnan, China, grows in areas with little wind and few insects, requiring it to do a 360-degree twist to pollinate itself!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #158(8/7/2006)

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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) Jocelyn Campbell, "The Queen of Cardboard," from Moncton, NB, Canada, often travels to Haiti to teach the art of making low-cost furniture from paper and cardboard!

(2) On July 8, 2006, thousands gathered next to a railroad track in Laguna Niguel, Calif., for the 27th annual mooning of Amtrak, where participants mooned every passenger train to pass that day!

(3) "Rollin' rollin' rollin'..." In the Irish sport of road bowling, participants roll a cannonball down a mile-long street in as few throws as possible!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c40(7/10/2005)

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A type of Amazonian ant works as a team to build sophisticated traps with a sticky fungus that helps capture insects a hundred times their size!

Harvey R. Ball created the famous Yellow Smiley Face, but he never trademarked it --- and was paid only $45 for its creation!

"Hello, hello, Dolly!" Believe it or not! It took 227 attempts to clone Dolly the sheep!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How does a type of Amazonian ant capture insects a hundred times their size?

(2) How much did Harvey earn with his creation of Yellow Smiley Face?

(3) How many attempts did it take to clone Dolly the sheep?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #157(11/1/2006)

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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) Czar Ivan the Terrible had Moscow's St. Basil Cathedral built in the 16th century and, according to legend, blinded the architect so he could not duplicate its beauty!

(2) Naegeli syndrome and Dermatopathia Pigmentosa Reticularis are genetic diseases that cause a person to have no finger prints!

(3) TV Glut! The average U.S. home has more television sets than people!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #156(8/2/2006)

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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) Billy Windsor the regimental goat mascot of the British 1st Battalion Royal Welch, was demoted in June 2006, for failing to march properly!

(2) Ray Kurzweil and America's National Federation of the Blind have created a device that can photograph written materials and read them back to the user!

(3) "Tidy up the web!" "Yes, dear!" Female Cobweb Weaver spiders are 100 times larger than their mates!

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