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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #194(10/28/2006)

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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 person with cataplexy --- a narcoleptic disorder, can lose total muscle control simply from laughing!

(2) In 2000, a World War II-era Soviet T-34 tank was pulled from the bottom of a lake near Johvi, Estonia, and its diesel engine started with only minor maintenance after 5 decades in the mud!

(3) Nearly 10% of the earth's crust is made of aluminum, but the metal wasn't discovered until the 19th century!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c52(5/12/2002)

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"The Batcane" Scientists in Britain have created a cane for the blind that uses high-pitched sounds to sense the location of objects! It was inspired by the navigation system used by bats!

"Buddy," a cat in Toronto, Ont., Canada, saved its owner from a house fire by jumping on the man's chest and meowing loudly!

In Lake Geneva, Wisc., more than 300 children used 1,300ft. of dental floss to floss their teeth at the same time!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of cane have the scientists created?

(2) How did the cat save its owner from a house fire?

(3) How many children flossed to floss their teeth at the same time?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #193(10/14/2006)

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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) Accusations of witchcraft against children are so common in the Congo that the country's new constitution outlaws such allegations!

(2) In 2005, Ed Lee of Merrimack N.H. sold a 1913 nickel for $4.15 million --- 83 million times its original value!

(3) Robert Hatch of Pasadena, Calif., snaps his fingers at a sound level of 108 decibels almost as loud as a rock concert!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #192(10/11/2006)

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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) Dr. James Parkinson, from whom Parkinson's disease gets its name, once won an entire natural history museum in a raffle!

(2) Sea spiders which grow to be over 2 feet long, crawl along the sea floor and eat using a sharp proboscis to suck the blood from soft bottom-dwellers!

(3) The European Organization for Nuclear Research has a magnet that weighs more than the Eiffel Tower!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #191(10/10/2006)

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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) "Traditions Never Die!" Every year for the last 900 years, someone has dressed as the "Burry Man" to parade through the streets of Queensferry, Scotland, in an annual festival!

(2) Parijoy Saha, an artist from Behala, India, completes many of his paintings in under a minute and at his fastest has completed a painting in less than a second!

(3) San Francisco and New York City have systems to scrutinize toxins in their city's water supply by monitoring the health of freshwater fish!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c51(12/11/2005)

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Pope Sylvester II, who served from 999-1003, was accused of sorcery --- because he excelled at math!

Eating poppy seed bagels will cause a person to register positive for opiates on a drug test!

As early as 3,000 years ago Chinese inventors built carriages with figurines that would always point south --- without a compass!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why was the pope accused of sorcery?

(2) What kind of food will cause a person to register positive for opiates on a drug test?

(3) What kind of carriages did the inventors build as early as 3,000 years ago?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #190(10/3/2006)

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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) Customers at the Rising Sun Anger Release Bar in Nanjing, China, are invited to relieve stress by smashing glasses and beating up staff that wear protective padding!

(2) Daniel Kish of Long Beach, Calif., is completely blind but can ride a bike using echolocation to "see" objects with sound --- like a bat or a dolphin!

(3) Octopuses are among the smartest animals in the ocean! They can solve puzzles, play with toys and learn to recognize shapes and patterns!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #189(10/2/2006)

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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) 72-year-old grandmother Wang Xiaobei of Jman, China, pulled a truck full of people weighing 4 tons --- with her teeth!

(2) A statue beside Wenceslas Square in Prague depicts St. Wenceslas astride a dead horse!

(3) On his first attempt at skydiving, the parachute malfunctioned for Benno Jacobs of Bloemfontein, South Africa, and he fell 3,300 feet to the ground. He walked away with no broken bones!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #188(9/18/2006)

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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) In the aftermath of World War II, Japanese biologist Shinya Inoue used a tin can and a discarded machine gun to build his first polarized light microscope!

(2) "Globe-Trotting Pizza Man!" In 2001, Eddie Fishbaum traveled 11,600 miles by plane, train and car to hand-deliver a pizza from his New York restaurant to a pizza aficionado in Perth, Australia!

(3) "Holy Rollers!" As a promotional gimmick for its fund raising car wash, the Levenshulme Baptist Church of Manchester, England used leftover baptismal water to wash cars!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c50(11/26/2006)

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"Where did I go wrong?" A homing pigeon flew 3,106 miles off course during a race from France and ended up on St. Eustatius Island in the Caribbean!

"These are my doubles!" The International Brick Collectors Association forbids its members to buy or sell bricks for money.

"12 Ton Challenge" Stuart Burrell of Rayleigh, England, lifted a 48.5-pound weight 522 times in one hour!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How far off course did the homing pigeon fly France?

(2) Which association forbids its members to buy or sell bricks for money?

(3) How many times did Stuart lift a 48.5-pound weight in one hour?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #187(9/4/2006)

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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) During World War II, British printing company Waddington PLC smuggled escape maps to war prisoners inside board games like checkers and chess!

(2) Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor who popularized radio, had Italian dictator Benito Mussolini as his best man in his 1927 wedding!

(3) "Steaming Internet" Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane of the U.K. built a computer --- that is powered by a steam engine!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #186(7/22/2006)

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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's good to be the king!" Piel Island, off the coast of England, has its own king! His duties are to keep the 20-acre island clean and to operate its only tavern!

(2) To celebrate the 2006 World Cup Tournament, the Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Thailand arranged teams of soccer-playing elephants to hold a tournament of their own!

(3) "Who would want to see that?!" The North American Trap Collectors Association operates a mousetrap museum in Galloway, Ohio!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #185(8/30/2006)

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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) "Nameless," "Defeated," and "Who'd A Thought That" --- are towns in Tennessee!

(2) "R.I.P." When Roger Busdicker of Winona, Minn., died --- he was cremated and buried inside his clarinet!

(3) Moloko Temo of Limpopo, South Africa, Believed to be --- 132 years old, has 59 great-grandchildren!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c49(6/4/2006)

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The town of Blue Earth, Minn., has a 55-foot-tall fiberglass Jolly Green Giant, built to commemorate local agriculture and industry!

To celebrate the 250th birthday of Mozart, the Austrian embassy in Japan baked a cake containing gold coins worth 250 million yen!

While golfing on August 9, 2005, 9-year-old Kate Langley of Scotter, England became the youngest girl on record to hit a hole-in-one --- with a 134-yard shot!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did the town of Blue Earth build to commemorate local agriculture and industry?

(2) What kind of cake did the Austrian Embassy in Japan bake?

(3) What did Kate do on August 9, 2005?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #184(5/3/2006)

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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) "Keeping it REEL" To add authenticity to his crime drama "Hitlist!," Indian director Nabh Kumar Raju used 6 former criminals to star in the lead roles!

(2) Louise Arnold of Biships Cleeve, England has such a severe phobia of peas that it has caused her to flee restaurants and avoid the frozen food aisle in supermarkets!

(3) Scotland's Ferniehirst Castle has staircases that spiral counter clockwise, giving advantage in sward combat to the left-handed defenders of the property!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #183(8/25/2006)

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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) Cicada killer wasps attack and paralyze cicadas, then stock their dens with the crippled insects until young wasp grubs hatch and feed on them!

(2) Despite having to navigate heavy morning traffic along the 1.5-mile highway, marathon runner Steve Moneghetti outran a commuter train in Sydney, Australia in June 2006!

(3) "Hey! Whatsa matta-you?" Brain damage can cause foreign accent syndrome, in which the afflicted person unwillingly begins speaking with a foreign accent!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #182(8/24/2006)

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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) A tensegrity tower stands upright without any vertical supports using just the tension in the ropes or wires to hold itself together!

(2) "Piece of mind!" Sambhu Roy of India, survived an electrical accident and several months later a piece of his skull fell off! He intends to keep it as a prized possession!

(3) Scientific journals report that during the last decade, the Ebola virus has killed as much as a third of the world's lowland gorillas!

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