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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #207(12/18/2006)

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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) "Bouncing Baby Boy!" 2-year-old Vid Pavlicic fell from a 5th-floor balcony in Kragwevac, Serbia, and walked away completely unharmed!

(2) In October 2006, Bryan Osteen of Mims, Florida, had his gold teeth stolen from his mouth --- while he slept!

(3) The game of hopscotch was created to train Roman soldiers!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #206(12/12/2006)

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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) After villagers in Banta, India, buried an elephant that had drowned on Oct. 7, 2006, its grieving herd began rampaging across the surrounding countryside, driving people from their homes!

(2) During a 1999 surgery to treat a swollen abdomen, doctors discovered India's Sanju Bhagat's half-formed twin inside his belly!

(3) Sean Tayor of Stratford, N.J., USA has made a belt out of sada can tabs!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c56(10/10/2004)

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Russian Scientists Dr. Ludmila Antipova and Alexei Nikolaichik, have developed an entire line of blood-based food products. It includes chocolate, yogurts and flavored drinks!

In 2004, to commemorate the Swiss lumber industry, the Swiss Postal Service has produced a postage stamp made from actual wood!

The Hindenburg Zeppelin was the largest aircraft ever produced. It has a diameter of 135 feet and was 804 feet long!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of food products have those scientists developed?

(2) What kind of postage stamp has the Swiss Postal Service produced?

(3) How large was the Hindenburg Zeppelin?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #205(12/11/2006)

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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) Citizens in Wisconsin couldn't agree on a name for their small town so they agreed to pull six letters out of a hat and name it whatever those letters spelled --- Ixonia was born!

(2) Joseph Ngoupou lives in Silver Spring, MD., but several times a year he returns to his birthplace Koupa Ngagnou, Cameroon, to perform his duties --- as the village chief!

(3) Single-celled brainless, dictyostelium purpureum amoebas will sacrifice themselves for the good of their kin!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #204(12/8/2006)

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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) "Just Plane Scary!" To celebrate Halloween, Steve Chambers of Los Angeles created a fake plane crash on his lawn --- drawing the attention of police, who initially thought it was the real thing!

(2) Muhammet Ahmet Mursi, an airport cargo worker in Saudi Arabia, fell asleep on a pile of suitcases and was loaded into a plane, where he survived freezing temperatures during the 1,000 mi (1600 km) trip to turkey!

(3) Overnight Visitors to Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria, Ill., have the option of sleeping in rail cars, grain bins or stables!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #203(12/7/2006)

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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) Diamonds State Park in Arkansas has a diamond mine where visitors can search for and keep any gems they find!

(2) "Limey", slang for a British sailor is derived from the 18th-century practice by the British navy of using rations of lime juice to prevent scurvy --- a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency!

(3) Surajnath Yadav, a villager in Bihar, India, has been on trial for 33 years for stealing oxen --- a crime with a maximum punishment of only 3 years in jail!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c55(11/30/2003)

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In Great Britain, there is a national slacker day in which workers and managers are urged to take a day off and relax! "Must relax... Must relax..."

Jose Castelar of Havana, Cuba, rolled a cigar that measured 45 feet in length!

An 8-foot-long Komodo dragon in a Singapore Zoo was given Chinese acupuncture treatment for a nerve disorder! "Aaaahhhh"

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which country has the national slacker day?

(2) How long was the cigar which Jose rolled?

(3) What kind of treatment was given to the Komodo dragon with a nerve disorder?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #202(12/2/2006)

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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) Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for starting a bank! In 1974, he founded the Grameen Bank, which lends billions in small loans to individuals and has a nearly 99% repayment rate!

(2) Ralph Kluk, a Polish native from Napoleon township, MI, created a 700-lb(318kg), 70-ft(21m) long rosary from discarded bowling balls!

(3) The Ladolam gold deposit in Papua New Guinea is created from volcanic water rising from deep within the earth --- accumulating 50 pounds of gold a year!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #201(11/29/2006)

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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) "Art in Motion!" In October 2006, German artist Carsten Holler installed 5 huge slides as tall as 180 feet (55m) as part of an exhibit at the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London!

(2) A new species of mouse discovered on the island of Cyprus in 2004 was the first new European land mammal discovered in over 100 years!

(3) Composer David Baker from Illinois, wrote concerto for cellular phones and symphony orchestra --- in which audience members activate their phones' ring tones during the performance!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #200(11/22/2006)

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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) 68-year-old Shehu Malami of Sokoto Nigeria, has 4 wives and has been married a total of 201 times!

(2) 1,800 thunderstorms are taking place across the earth at any given moment!

(3) Nearly 100,000 people arrive daily at the new Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand --- to sightsee and picnic, not travel!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c54(6/15/2003)

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Sri Chinmov, age 71, of New York City, has performed many feats of strength, including lifting a small airplane (31,000 LBS.), a yacht (4,068 LBS.), a 1928 Super Hudson Vintage car with driver (4,923 LBS.) and Ferris Wheel with 6 passengers on board (5,123 LBS.)!

Professor William Dement of Stanford University in California, an expert in sleep disorders, awarded extra points to students who napped during his lectures!

"Dull" is the name of a town in Ohio and "Boring" is in Oregon!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of feats of strength did Sri perform?

(2) To what kind of students did the professor award extra points?

(3) In which state can you find a town named "Dull"?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #199(11/20/2006)

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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) Each single square mile (2.6 sq. km) of earth sits beneath 2.5 million tons of air!

(2) Isaac "DR. SIZE" Nesser has a chest measurement of 74 inches (188 cm) and can bench press over 800 pounds (265 km)!

(3) The state of Alaska is larger than all but 18 of the world's countries!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #198(11/15/2006)

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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) Chess champion Susan Polgar played 1,131 games of chess --- and won 1,112 of them --- over a 17-hour period in August 2005.

(2) In 2004, a French author, writing under the pseudonym Michel Thaler, wrote the 233-page novel Le Train De Nulle Part --- without the use of a single verb!

(3) Philematology is the study of kissing!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #197(11/14/2006)

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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) Rats who have lost their teeth will forget what they are taught!

(2) "Ring Ring" Campanology is the study of the art of bell ringing!

(3) The Heike crabs of Japan have a pattern of their back that looks like the scowling face of a samurai warrior.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c53(6/9/2002)

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Jim Briden of Sabin, Minnesota, has a 20-ton antique steam tractor in his living room!

Believe It or Not! The USS Nautilus Submarine traveled 60,000 miles fueled by a lump of uranium the size of a gold ball!

Edmar Freitas of Parana, Brazil, performed 111,000 sit-ups in 24 hours!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Jim Briden have in his living room?

(2) How many miles did the submarine travel fueled by a lump of uranium the size of a golf ball?

(3) How many sit-ups did Edmar perform in 24 hours?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #196(11/13/2006)

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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 the South American Sport of Coleo, a cowboy on horseback chases a bull and brings it down by pulling on its tail!

(2) No arm strength --- can't drive car! Believe it or not! A 79-year-old woman from Norway was denied a driver's license renewal after losing an arm wrestling match to her doctor!

(3) The bacteria inside a human body outnumber the amount of human cells by at least 10 to 1!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #195(11/6/2006)

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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) "GO" PHONE! The winning throw at the 2006 Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship in Savonlinna, Finland was a distance of 292 feet (89M)!

(2) "Raging Boll" In response to harsh criticism, German director Uwe Boll challenged four movie critics --- and fought them in a series of boxing matches!

(3) Veyom Bahl of California can jump rope 358 times in one minute!

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