« August 2007 | Main | October 2007 »

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c48(5/28/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060528
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

A former corn field in Dublin, Ohio, has 109 6-foot-tall concrete corn cobs --- a tribute to Sam Frantz, a developer of hybrid corn plants!

"Perpet-yule Celebration!" "Mr. Christmas!" Andy Park of Melksham, England has celebrated Christmas every day for over 12 years, with daily Gifts, caroling and year-round decorations!

The Nelson Underwater Club held an underwater bike race off the coast of Cable Bay, New Zealand, on March 26, 2006.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many 6-foot-tall concrete corn cobs are there in the former corn field?

(2) For how many years has Andy celebrated Christmas every day?

(3) What kind of bike race was held in New Zealand, on March 26, 2006?

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(258KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #181(7/1/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060701_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Illusionist David Copperfield was mugged in April 2006 in West Palm Beach, Fla., but used sleight of hand to hide his wallet from the thieves!

(2) Cecilie Smog of Norway has climbed the highest mountains of all seven continents and skied to both poles!

(3) Jan Sonkie of Blantyre, Malawi, built his house in the shape of a soccer ball!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(303KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #180(6/28/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060628_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "A False Sense of Security" On May 2, 2006, a thief stole over 2,000,000 Euros from Rome's Pitti Palace Museum by dressing as a security guard and simply asking the staff for the day's earnings!

(2) In 2005, a man in Ogden, Utah, had his house cleaned after amassing 70,000 empty beer cans collected over eight years of living alone!

(3) While driving alone on April 21, 2006, Carolyn Holt had a heart attack and three of the first four who stopped to help were two registered nurses and a defibrillator salesman!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(326KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #179(6/27/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060627_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "Balls." A caddy at a Long Island, N.Y. golf course, was awarded $34,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit after he was riduculed by his boss for losing two golf matches to a woman!

(2) Fishmonger Omar Mohammed Asadh of Kenya found a tuna whose scales spelled out a verse from the Koran in Arabic!

(3) The U.S. penny now costs more than 1 cent to make!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(364KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c47(10/9/2005)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

051009
(C) 2005 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

Auguste Rodin, the sculptor who created "The Thinker," had his art school application turned down 3 times and never received formal training!

According to Mayan Mythology, man was made from cornmeal.

Until 2005, a woman had never been the executive chef for the U.S. president in the White House!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Did Rodin receive formal training to be a sculptor?

(2) Who says man was made from cornmeal?

(3) When did the White House have the first female executive chef for the U.S. president?

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(244KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #178(4/17/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060417_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< 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! Jan Krutewicz of Munster, Ill., built a working telephone smaller than a human thumb!

(2) "C'mon in. The water's fine!" Don Underwood of Lousville, KY., owns a 1954 fire truck with a built-in swimming pool originally installed to provide mobile swimming lessons for children.

(3) Saccharin, the artificial sweetener, was accidentally discovered in 1879 by Ira Remsen when he forgot to wash his hands after experimenting with coal tar!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(304KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #177(1/21/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060121_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) In 1782, American Statesman Benjamin Franklin advocated the turkey as the national symbol of the USA!

(2) It is impossible to go by land from one part of Kentucky to the other without crossing another state!

(3) Roger Bacon High School of Cincinnati, Ohio, has the United States' only underwater hockey team!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(233KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #176(1/19/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060119_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Emmanuel Coindre of France rowed across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States --- 6,875 miles --- in 130 days in 2005!

(2) Graves of the Kachin tribe of Burma are 3 times as big as their houses! They believe the soul expands after death so they build it a hut 20 feet high.

(3) "Shhh! For Sale!" The British government put a 240-acre emergency nuclear bunker up for sale --- after denying its existence for decades!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(290KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c46(6/11/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060611
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

Managers of Scotland's Edinburgh Castle smear the walls with a mixture of rancid milk and orange peel to keep graffiti from adhering to the stone!

Rosco, an American bulldog, chewed open the lock on his cage and climbed a 7-foot-wall topped with barbed wire to escape from the Virginia Beach Animal Control Center on April 4, 2006!

In 1816, the Times of London attacked the waltz as a corrupting and devastating influence of morality!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What do the managers of the castle do to keep graffiti from adhering to the stone?

(2) How did the bulldog open his cage?

(3) Who attacked the waltz as a corrupting and devastating influence on morality?

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(252KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #175(1/18/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060118_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Oil drillers accidentally punched into a salt mine beneath Lake Peigneur, Louisiana in November 1980 and the resulting whirlpool sucked in a dozen boats and part of an island!

(2) "Panicky Puffer!" Sandrine Hellene Sellies of France was arrested on Nov. 18, 2005 after trying to open an airplane door in mid-flight because she wanted to smoke!

(3) The 700-foot-long Marco Polo Bridge, located just outside Beijing, China, is adorned with 485 carved stone lions --- though built in 1189, it is still in use today!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(370KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #174(1/11/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060111_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "How do you like the wiener schnitzel?" "Is that what this is?" "From November Through February" The village of Rattenburg, Austria, lies entirely under the shadow of nearby mountains receiving no sunlight at all from November through February.

(2) In November 2005, Steve Mohns of Evansville, Wis., found a 100-year-old skeleton in an old picnic basket in his attic!

(3) Kathleen Long of Phillipsburg, N.J., got her leg caught in a hot air balloon's rope, fell 50 feet crashing through a barn roof and survived!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(343KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #173(1/10/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060110_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Mayor Bobby Hill of Bartlett Texas, was arrested on theft charges and even though he was mayor, he was barred from town for the duration of the trial!

(2) Too young to run for office when the ballots were printed, 18-year-old high school student Michael Sessions ran a write-in campaign and was elected mayor of Hillsdale, Michi!

(3) "Yummy Mummy!?" "Believe it or not!" Ground-up mummies were once used as medicine in Europe!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(322KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c45(6/18/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060618
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

"The usual, right?" "Yup." Eugene Rutledge robbed a restaurant in Oakland, Calif., so many times during a 5-month period that employees easily recognized him and would open the cash register at the sight of him!

"Hey!" In Britain, it is a criminal offense to fly the Union Jack from a civilian boat!

The crucian carp adapts to oxygen-poor environments and can hold its breath for weeks or even months depending on water temperature!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did the employees open the cash register at the sight of Eugene?

(2) Is it legal to fly the Union Jack from a civilian boat?

(3) How long can the crucian carp hold its breath?

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(251KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Notice

Comments and trackbacks won't be shown to the public unless they are directly related to the contents of this blog.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #172(1/5/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060105_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Having intestinal worms can protect a person from asthma and allergies!

(2) John Eason of New Zealand captures wasps and sells them to companies who use the venom in medicines!

(3) "Maybe I should take up billiards!" Jack Mummert of Hagerstown, Md., shot a groundhog and his bullet ricocheted off the first into a second one hiding 25 feet away, killing it as well!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(358KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #171(1/2/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060102_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Football quarterback Chuck Ealey went undefeated in high school and at the University of Toledo, where his 35-0 record stands to this day --- yet he was never drafted by an NFL team!

(2) "SURRENDER!" Peace activist Mahesh Yadav of Bhopal, India, paints portraits in the name of peace using his own blood!

(3) "Weapons do NOT Bring PEACE" Every Wednesday morning for the last 9 years, activists have protested outside the gates of weapons manufacturer Alliant Techsystems in Minneapolis, Minn.

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(391KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #170(8/23/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060823_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) 11-year-old Kelsey Nolan of Ardwick, England, sent a letter to the head of the Royal Navy, asking if she could borrow a helicopter for a school project --- and he agreed!

(2) Magnetite, a magnetic iron compound, appears in animals all over the world --- in bird brains, in bees, and in fish --- forming a living compass!

(3) Truman Duncan of Cleburne, Texas, lost his legs when a train ran over him on June 25, 2006, but he remained conscious long enough to make an emergency cell phone call for help!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(285KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c44(7/2/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060702
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

Ron Patrick of California created street-legal VW Beetle --- powered by a jet engine!

A wheat farmer in North America receives only 5% of what a loaf of bread sells for --- at retail!

The Knight Drags on..." Lloyd Scott wore a full suit of armor and dragged an 8-foot-tall, 200-lb dragon behind him as he ran the 2006 London Marathon, finishing in eight days, 13 minutes!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of car did Ron create?

(2) How much of what a loaf of bread sells for at retail does a wheat farmer in North America receive?

(3) Why did it take Lloyd eight days and 13 minutes to run the 2006 London Marathon?

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(263KB)

| Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! #169(8/22/2006)

Special Thanks to http://www.ripleys.com/

060822_abc
(C) 2006 Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) 4-year-old Hasim Townsend of Albany, N.Y., survived a fall from an 11-story window, first bouncing off a metal awning before hitting the ground!

(2) "2006: A Bed Oddity" It will cost you $1.5 million to buy Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars' newest invention --- a floating bed that hovers on magnets!

(3) "No Slow Mow!" Bob Cleveland set a land speed record for a riding lawn mower on July 4, 2006, when he hit 81 MPH on the salt flats of Utah!

The cartoon from http://www.comics.com/comics/ripleys/
Download PDF file(358KB)

| Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

« August 2007 | Main | October 2007 »