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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #246(2/19/2007)

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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) Criminal fugitive Liu Yong of Fuzhou, China, turned himself in to authorities after hiding in a cave for 8 years!

(2) Japanese tourists visiting Paris often develop Paris syndrome, a bout of temporary insanity resulting from the shock of being immersed in another culture!

(3) "No Small Error" A 2006 legal ruling could cost a Canadian company more than $1 million due to a single misplaced comma in a contract!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #245(2/15/2007)

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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) "Chomp Chomp" The teeth of a modern chainsaw resemble the teeth of a wood-boring beetle's larvae!

(2) The U.S. robotic rovers that landed on Mars in 2004 were expected to remain operational for 90 days but have lasted for over 1,000 days --- and are still roaming!

(3) In December 2006, a woman in Sydney, Australia, was admitted to the hospital after accidentally swallowing a spoon while laughing and eating spaghetti at the same time!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c69(2/25/2007)

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Worth nearly £500 million ($930 million), Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II!

"Still going!..." Although they can suffer from disease, malnutrition and injury, a turtle's organs don't wear out with age!

In addition to being good swimmer, epaulette sharks can use their muscular pectoral fins to walk across the ocean floor!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which person is wealthier, Harry Potter author or Queen Elizabeth II?

(2) Do a turtle's organs wear out with age?

(3) What do epaulette sharks use to walk across the ocean floor?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #244(2/14/2007)

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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) "Death by kite!" 7 people in Pakistan died in 2006 as a result of wounds inflicted by kite strings!

(2) In 2006, the tiny, land-locked, Alpine country of Liechtenstein grew by 117 acres without invading anybody! A recent survey showed that its border was 2 percent longer than previously assumed!

(3) The first female yeoman warder at England's Tower of London will be appointed during summer 2007, as the first woman at that position in its 522-year history!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #243(2/12/2007)

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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 Dec. 31, 2006, hundreds of people in Nantes, France, celebrated the new year with a mock protest against 2007!

(2) Star-nosed moles hunt underwater --- trailing scents by blowing bubbles out their nostrils and sucking them back in!

(3) Zacheri Richardson-Leitman of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, was able to rescue his family from their blazing home --- after his 10-week-old kitten scratched at his face to wake him up!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #242(2/10/2007)

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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) Bill Whitstine of Safety Harbor, Fla., teaches dogs to sniff out bed bugs!

(2) Helping people cross their legs is just one of the many functions of the sartorius, the longest muscle in the human body.

(3) Keith Jackson, an employee of Aquatec Coatings in Wrexham, Wales, is paid to watch paint dry!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c68(2/18/2007)

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El Teniente, a copper mine in the Chilean Andes, has over 1,500 miles (2,400 Km) of tunnels!

A lush forest survives in Oman's Dhofar Mountains with no rain! The cloud forest is surrounded by deserts and gets most of its water from seasonal fog.

Recycling an aluminum can uses approximately 4% of the energy it would take to create a new one from raw ore, conserving enough energy to operate a TV for about 3 hours!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long are the tunnels of El Teniente?

(2) What makes a forest in Dhofar Mountains lush without rain?

(3) Which needs more energy, recycling an aluminum can or creating a new one from raw ore?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #241(2/9/2007)

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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) Chinese sailor Poon Lim was found alive and well after being adrift in a raft for 133 days after his ship was torpedoed in 1942!

(2) Metalmark moths of Costa Rica mimic the appearance and movement of jumping spiders to scare and confuse potential predators!

(3) U.S. soldiers in Iraq use a child's toy, Silly String, to detect tripwire-activated traps!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #240(2/8/2007)

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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) Due to the earth's spin, the sea level along the western shore of the Pacific Ocean remains a foot and a half higher than the rest of the ocean!

(2) The calcium from the remains of marine creatures that died millions of years ago give the white cliffs of Dover, England, their white color!

(3) Typically solitary hunters, groupers and moray eels cooperate on hunts! The eel navigates crevices in coral reefs to eat fish that the grouper has cornered with its open-water hunting, and at the same time chases some of the fish out into the open for the grouper to snare!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #239(2/6/2007)

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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) A human cell is only 100th of a millimeter in width, but if all the cells in a person's body were lined up end to end, they would wrap around the earth about 25 times!

(2) "Grunge Plunge" Mexico City's subterranean sewers are so large and deep that a team of men must dive into bacteria-filled waters daily to help keep them from becoming clogged!

(3) In December 2006, Hannah Kersey of Northam, England, gave birth to three children from two different wombs!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c67(2/11/2007)

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Only about 50 people in the world are known to have congenital hypertrichosis --- a genetic disease causing excessive hair growth!

The first orange carrot was bred by Dutch farmers to honor their royal family, the House of Orange. Prior to that, most carrots were purple, yellow and white!

Seahorses and their kin are among the only animals in the world in which the male gets pregnant!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many people are known to have congenital hypertrichosis in the world?

(2) What colors were most carrots before orange ones were bred?

(3) Do the male seahorses get pregnant?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #238(2/5/2007)

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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 2006, two female Komodo dragons in Britain zoos became the first of their species on record to give birth without mating!

(2) During its 40 years in business, Berkshire Hathaway has never split its stock, and today, a single share in the company is worth over $100,000!

(3) To raise funds, Brazil's Xavante tribe records traditional chants for cell phone ringtones!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #237(1/31/2007)

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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) (Horizontal scale reduced) A bullet fired horizontally will hit the ground at the same time as a bullet dropped from the same height, because the fired bullet begins falling as soon as it leaves the barrel --- thanks to gravity's pull!

(2) The state of Texas has laws regulating blind hunters!

(3) There is enough salt in the world's oceans to form a 500 foot deep layer over all the dry ground on earth!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #236(1/29/2007)

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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) "Dude, where's my car?!" Eric King forgot where he parked his car on a sightseeing trip to Suffolk, England and didn't find it for 7 months!

(2) Following the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City in 2001, the Maasai tribe of Kenya presented 14 head of cattle, their most prized possessions --- to the U.S. Government as a condolence!

(3) In December 2006, Swedish Astronaut Christer Fuglesang became the first person to take dehydrated moose meet into space!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c66(2/4/2007)

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During the last 50 years, the water level in the Dead Sea has fallen by 75ft. (23m)!

In November 2006, 3 men from England dressed as Robin Hood and his Merry Men threw $4,000 in cash into a crowd at a Park in the New York City!

While filming his food-catching talent in Australia, Steve Spalding caught 1,203 grapes in his mouth in a half hour!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many feet has the water level in the Dead Sea fallen?

(2) What did those three men from England do in November 2006?

(3) How many grapes did Steve catch in his mouth in a half hour?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #235(1/25/2007)

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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) Despite 18 military coups during his reign, King Bhumibol Adulyadej has retained his throne as Thailand's monarch for 60 years!

(2) In 2006, the Lee High School soccer team in Baton Rouge, La., featured students from 10 different nations as players: Afghanistan, China, Congo, Croatia, Honduras, Mexico, Palestine, Sudan, Togo and the United States!

(3) The popular Asian board game "go" was first played in China at least 2,500 years ago!

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