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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #234(1/24/2007)

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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 rat's front teeth can grow 5 inches a year!

(2) Former marine CPL Jeremy Vickers of Shreveport, La., is the 5th person to carry his family's ancestral bible into war. All 5 have carried the same book into --- and safely out of --- 4 wars during the last 60 years!

(3) If each daughter in the Smith family has as many sisters as brothers, but each son has twice as many sisters as brothers, the Smith family has 4 girls and 3 boys.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #233(1/22/2007)

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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) As a special attraction at the 2006 Stockholm International Horse Show, Oliver Garcia of France rode his horse inside a massive plastic ball!

(2) "Finnish School!" After 2005's Hurricane Katrina destroyed their dorm buildings, 800 students at Louisiana State University spent 2 semesters living on a Finnish passenger ferry, anchored in Baton Rouge, along the Mississippi River!

(3) On December 2, 2006, 10 weddings were held in a coal mine in China's Shanxi Province! "I do!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c65(1/28/2007)

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About 8% of human DNA is made up of pieces of viruses that infected our ancestors!

"Dancing Fool" Britain's official state jester, Peterkin the Fool danced a jig for 28 days on a 100-mile journey from Bristol to Northampton, England, in July 2006!

Bangalore, India, was once known as "The City of Boiled Beans"!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What is about 8% of human DNA made up of?

(2) How many days did the jester dance a jig?

(3) What city was once known as "The City of Boiled Beans"?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #232(1/17/2007)

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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 models in a November 2006 fashion show held in Ahmedabad, India, were all blind!

(2) What other nation besides Germany has a German-born head of state? Vatican City is led by Pope Benedict XVI, who was born in Marktl Am Inn, Germany!

(3) "The Big Bat!" Flying Foxes, a genus of bats found across Asia, can have wingspans of 6 feet (180cm) across!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #231(1/20/2007)

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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) "Hello, Chen Jie?" Shanghai, China, with a population of 17.5 million, has 3,937 women named Chen Jie!

(2) On a July 2006 field trip to the French Alps, biologists from the University of Manchester, England, found three minnows inside an unbroken duck egg!

(3) The white-hot pyroclastic flow of a volcano, containign smoke, steam and volcanic fragments, can reach speed of up to 450 mph (724 km/h)!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #230(1/19/2007)

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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) "BAIT!" "CHIPS/DRINKS" "NOW OPEN!" Dave's Bait House offers food, drinks and fishing bait --- all from Dave Steiner's 33-foot-long boat which he anchors 6 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico!

(2) It would take about 1.2 million mosquito bites to drain an average person of their blood!

(3) Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a Virginia forest ranger, was struck by lightning 7 times from 1942-1977 --- survived with only minor injuries!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c64(1/21/2007)

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Police in Bolzano, Italy, seized a toilet from an art gallery because it played Italy's national anthem while flushing!

The Jose Marti Park in Ybor City, Fla., is owned by Cuba!

"Dead Dog Draft!" Helga Koehlke of Rostock, Germany, received a letter from the German Military demanding her dog, who had been dead for 4 years --- report for a medical examination in November 2006!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did the police seize the toilet from an art gallery?

(2) Who owns the Jose Marti Park?

(3) What kind of letter did Helga receive from the German Military?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #229(1/13/2007)

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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) David Fearn of Walsall, England, an avid 007 James Bond Fan, had his name changed to: James --- Dr No From Russia With Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live And Let Die The Man With The Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View To A Kill The Living Daylights License To Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale --- Bond.

(2) Yesterday we posed the question --- if there are 28 black socks and 28 white socks in a bag, what is the fewest number of socks that would have to be removed to guarantee a matched pair? Answer: If there are only 2 colors of socks in a bag, you will always have a matching pair by drawing 3 socks!

(3) The off-Broadway show in New York City, "365 Days / 365 plays," is a compilation of the 365 plays that Suzan-Lori Parks wrote in 365 days!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #228(1/11/2007)

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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) "Fakes Don't Fly!" Zeng, an antique collector in Guangzhou, China, buys plane tickets so he can go through the airports x-ray scanners that can verify the authenticity of artifacts that he carries with him!

(2) He stood only 54 inches (137cm) tall, but David Moyer of Reading, Penn., won 23 national titles in weightlifting, held national and world records and could bench press over twice his own weight!

(3) Some caterpillars have over 4,000 muscles while humans have less than 800!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #227(1/10/2007)

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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) If there are more dalmatian dogs on a farm than there are spots on any one dog, and no dog is without spots, at least two must have the same number of spots!

(2) It took 25 firefighters to rescue Leopold Zeilinger of Austria from underneath a milk cow!

(3) Yael Nezri, the reigning Miss Israel Beauty Queen, now serving her mandatory military service, does not carry a rifle because it could accidentally bruise her!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c63(1/14/2007)

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Since 2002, scientific expeditions in the Amazon rainforest have revealed 10 new species of bioluminescent mushrooms!

A man in Nagoya, Japan, was arrested for stealing 5,000 pairs of shoes, which he took only to smell them!

A blue crab can shed its exoskeleton more than 20 times in the 12 months that it takes for it to reach maturity!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where were the 10 new species of bioluminescent mushrooms found?

(2) Why did the man in Nagoya steal 5,000 pairs of shoes?

(3) How long does it take a blue crab to reach maturity?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #226(1/8/2007)

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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) Gordon Palastanga of Ixworth, England, received a letter sent via Royal Mail in September 2006 from his grandson --- although it was only addressed to: "Washing Machine Man, Ixworth."

(2) In 2005, international landmine organizations removed over 4 million mines and explosives that lay buried in former battlefields in 78 countries!

(3) Scientists at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France, have recreated a virus from millions years ago by reassembling its genetic code!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #225(1/3/2007)

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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) Q: Given that the moon has about 1/6th of gravity, if a bird could live on the moon, would it be able to fly faster, slower or at the same speed as on earth? A: If a bird could live on the moon, it wouldn't be able to fly at all because the low gravity means the moon has no atmosphere to support the bird's wings!

(2) Researchers in Tsu, Japan, have created a robot sommelier that samples wine and provides an appraisal of its makeup and taste!

(3) The grave of Nadine Earles (1929-1933), in Lanett, Ala., is covered by a brick dollhouse with a life-sized doll, a tea set and toys inside!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #224(1/6/2007)

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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) On August 6, 2006, a large flock of shearwater birds bombarded a fishing boat off the coast of Alaska for unknown reasons, suicidally ramming against it for 30 minutes!

(2) Q: If a match was struck in a room filled with 100% methane gas, what would happen? --- A: The match would not light due to the lack of oxygen and the person striking it would suffocate if they did not get out of there quickly.

(3) The water pressure at the ocean floor, 2.5 miles deep, is equivalent to sitting under 14 fully loaded cement mixer trucks!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c62(1/7/2007)

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In August 2006, people across India began spoon-feeding milk to stone statues, believing that the gods would drink it!

"Home, Sweet Home!" Marco Fanti and his co-workers created a 9,200-pound igloo totally out of edible chocolate for the Eurochocolate Fair in Perugia, Italy!

On average, countries with the least confident, least happy math students are also the countries that have the best math test scores!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) In August 2006, what did people in India begin to do?

(2) What did Marco and his co-workers create out of chocolate?

(3) What kind of countries are apt to have the best math test scores?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #223(1/4/2007)

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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) Eddie Meadows of Orlando, Fla., went for a jog in late August 2006, took a shortcut and got lost in a swamp. Disoriented, he wandered through thigh-deep mud for 4 days --- close enough to his home to hear the sounds of the city!

(2) "Rest In Space!" A company in Houston, Texas, places cremation ashes aboard satellites!

(3) "Time to rearrange the tank!" Goldfish have surprisingly long memories and can recall skills a year after first using them!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #222(1/1/2007)

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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 August 2006, Ian and Rachel Bayles of Goa, India, won the Indian Autorickshaw Challenge --- a 590-mile auto-rickshaw race in Tamil Nadu!

(2) North America and Europe are moving away from each other at about the same speed as a human fingernail grows --- about 6 feet during an average human lifetime!

(3) Some Houses in Maasbommel, Netherlands, are built with buoyant foundations that will float the structures on flood waters!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #221(2/7/2007)

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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) Birdsville Hotel and Pub, located in Australia's Simpson Desert, is 900 miles from the nearest town or city but still serves 45,000 customers a year!

(2) The Lower House of the Japanese Legislature has an oxygen booth for tired legislators to refresh themselves!

(3) While skydiving over Taupo, New Zealand, both of Michael Holme's parachutes failed to open as he fell 13,000 feet --- but he survived the crash with minimal injuries by landing in a blackberry bush!

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