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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c61(7/17/2005)

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The paradise tree snake of Southeast Asia can flatten itself like a ribbon and glide in the air from tree to tree, changing direction by leaning left or right!

"Bendable Concrete" The Mihara Bridge in Hokkaido, Japan has a deck only 2 inches thick, yet is 500 times more resistant to cracking than traditional concrete!

Abraham Zapruder's 26-second film of John F. Kennedy's Assassination is the most expensive film in the world --- worth nearly $615,400 a second!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Is there any kind of snake which can glide in the air from tree to tree?

(2) How much more resistant to cracking is the deck than traditional concrete?

(3) What is the most expensive film in the world?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #220(2/11/2006)

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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) Georges Cuvier professed that bats fly by "touch" in the 1780's and in 2005 his hypothesis was proven to be partially correct!

(2) Soviet leader Josef Stalin funded a program in 1926 that attempted to crossbreed humans and apes to create sub-human super-soldiers!

(3) There is only one tissue in the body that cannot repair itself --- what is it? Answer: The enamel of the teeth!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #219(2/7/2006)

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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) Helsinki University of Technology's virtual air guitar project creates real music by measuring hand movements and speed!

(2) In September 2000, police in Bogota, Colombia discovered a 100-foot submarine being built to smuggle drugs out of the country!

(3) Vern Mikkelsen played in both the NBA's lowest-scoring basketball game, 19-18, and the highest-scoring game in regulation time --- 173-139!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #218(1/28/2006)

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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) "FOSSIL CABIN" A cabin near Medicine Bow, Wyo., is constructed almost entirely of dinosaur fossils!

(2) The Big 10 College Sports Conference has 11 members!

(3) Walt Disney holds two Academy Award records --- 59 nominations and 26 awards!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c60(3/9/2003)

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1,200 Santas gathered at a theme park in Rust, Germany! Believe It or Not! That's a world-record number of Santas!

Phone books in Wenatchee, Washi., are scented with an apple fragrance in honor of a local apple festival!

"Brain Freeze" Maya Kaczorowski of Hamilton, Ont., Canada, wrote a research paper on headaches caused by eating ice cream that was published in the British Medical Journal and she's only 13 years old!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many Santas gathered at the theme park?

(2) Why are phone books in Wenatchee scented with an apple fragrance?

(3) How old was she when Maya wrote the research paper?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #217(10/17/2006)

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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) A cemetery in Iraola, Argentina, has 3,000 burial plots set aside for fans and members of the Boca Juniors soccer team!

(2) "He really nailed the likeness!" Saimir Strati of Albania hammered nails into wood for 12 hours a day over 24 days to create an 86-sq-ft (8 sq m) mosaic portrait of Leonardo da Vinci!

(3) "Why is a banana tree not really a tree?" A banana tree doesn't have any wood and only lives for a single year! The trunk is made up of rolled-up leaves.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #216(12/29/2006)

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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) In January 1992, tens of thousands of bathtub float toys spilled overboard from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean and since then scientists have studied ocean currents by tracking where the toys were found!

(2) Moscow, Russia has a vodka museum containing 50,000 bottles, some 200 years old!

(3) "Oi, where to?" Firstgroup, a British transportation company, hires Polish workers to fill vacant bus driver positions and uses British TV shows to teach them regional accents!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #215(12/26/2006)

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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) A dolphin captured off the coast of Wakayama, Japan, in October 2006 had an extra set of flippers!

(2) Standing in for Roman Catholics unable to make the trip, Carlos Gil of Cascais, Portugal, regularly makes 7-day pilgrimages to the sanctuary of Fatima as a surrogate!

(3) "The crumbling Euro?" Seven months after the introduction of the Euro currency in 2002 --- 90% of the notes tested in Europe were already contaminated with traces of cocaine!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c59(11/21/2004)

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In a 2003 auction, Fred Pisciuneri of Australia spent $26,400 for a dozen mangoes!

David Beckham's legs are insured for more than $70 million!

It is scientifically proven that you can swim in maple syrup just as fast as you can in water!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Fred spend $26,400 for?

(2) Whose legs are insured for more than $70 million?

(3) Is it possible to swim in maple syrup just as fast as in water?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #214(10/4/2006)

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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) Comic strip detective Dick Tracy is 75 years old today! He made his debut on Oct. 4, 1931!

(2) "Little Face" "Rhodent" "Flat Top" Tracy's villains were purposely created with hideous faces and weird names so they were easier to identify as the bad guys!

(3) With uncanny foresight, strip creator Chester Gould envisioned futuristic personal electronic devices and in January 1946 he introduced the 2-way wrist radio --- It was later upgraded to a 2-way wrist TV in 1964 and then to a 2-way wrist computer in 1987!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #213(12/23/2006)

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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 giraffe has the longest tail of any land mammal --- over 8 feet (2.4M) long!

(2) "Rest in peace... overnight!" There was so much demand for hotel rooms during the 2006 Royal Flower Exposition in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that a temple opened its funeral hall and crematorium as a hostel!

(3) There is no camel hair in camel hair brushes! They are generally made from ox, goat, squirrel and pony!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #212(12/14/2006)

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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) Doctors in Israel removed a bladder stone from Moneera Khalil that measured 5.1 inches (13 cm) across!

(2) Israel Sarrio of Valencia, Spain, had his arm severed during an accident in January 2004 and doctors sewed it to his leg to keep it alive until they could reattach it!

(3) "True or false?" Albert Einstein was asked to become president of Israel. "True!" In 1952, Einstein turned down an offer to take the office after the death of the country's first president.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c58(6/27/2004)

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During the Mesozoic Era there were giant flightless insects... and a huge dragonfly meganeuropsis permiana that measured 2.5 feet!

A Mexican agave flower that has been at Glendurgan Gardens in Cornwell, England since the 1800s, bloomed for the very first time... then died!

"You look fine! Can I watch the game now?" A U.S. company sells an LCD television that doubles as a mirror when it's turned off!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How huge was the dragonfly?

(2) What did that flower do after it bloomed for the first time?

(3) What kind of an LCD television does the company sell?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #211(12/16/2006)

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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) "Hey Tony --- 10 more pies!" 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month!

(2) In October 2006, Kazakhstan's National Bank misspelled the word "BANK" on its 2,000 and 5,000 tenge currency!

(3) What animal has its stomach running through its heart? --- Answer : the oyster!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #210(12/25/2006)

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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) International Beloved Canine Film Star "BENJI" The American Humane Assn. reported that because the original Benji was rescued from an animal shelter, more than 1,000,000 dogs were adopted from shelters across the USA!

(2) On April 18, 1986, the U.K.'s Scilly Isles and the Netherlands declared peace in a 335-year war, in which no battles were ever fought and no shots were fired!

(3) The dove, a symbol of peace, is a fierce fighter during the mating season!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #209(12/21/2006)

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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) "Hey, I feel really tall this morning!" A person is shorter in the evening than he is in the morning --- thanks to gravity's pressure on the spine and cartilage!

(2) "Shortest War In History!" The Anglo-Zanzibar War took place on Aug. 27, 1896. The British deposed a hostile usurper in just 45 minutes by sinking Zanzibar's only warship and bombarding the Sultan's ralace into rubble!

(3) Spasmodic dysphonia causes a person to lose ability to speak normally --- although some can still communicate in song with phymes or by shouting!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c57(7/18/2004)

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Dogs in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, are required by law to have waterproof doghouses that are equipped with self-closing doors!

Dr. Keith Sivertson of Idaho saved Ben King's life by using a $300 power drill to drill a hole in his head and relieve pressure on his brain after he fell down a flight of stairs!

Baggio a cockatiel owned by tailor Jack Territo of Bristol, England, can pick up a needle and thread it through material using its beak!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of doghouses do the dogs in Olmsted Falls have?

(2) What did Keith use to drill a hole in Ben's head?

(3) How can the cockatiel thread a needle through material?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #208(12/20/2006)

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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) "A-OK, mama!" Mother-to-be Donna Rider of Oxford, England, felt much better after her first ultrasound. The baby was giving her a thumbs-up sign!

(2) "Hooray for Bollywood!" India's motion picture industry is the most prolific in the world, producing over 900 films a year in more than 20 languages!

(3) The Dead Sea is nearly 10 times saltier than any of the earth's oceans!

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