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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c74(4/15/2007)

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Chinese scientists are studying snakes to predict earthquakes.

Identical twins Nicole Cramer and Naomi Sale both gave birth to a son at the same hospital on the same day, Jan 23, 2006!

When Stephanie McLaughlan of Aberdeen, Scotland, requested a statement from her bank in January 2007, she received 75,000 of them --- each with a different customer's information!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of animals are the Chinese scientists studying to predict earthquakes?

(2) What did the identical twins do on January 23, 2006?

(3) What did Stephanie receive from her bank in January 2007?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #259(3/19/2007)

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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) Eric Nerhus of Australia was attacked and partially swallowed by a great white shark, but was spit out after he poked the creature in the eye with a free hand!

(2) Europe's red-barbed ants form colonies that are either entirely male or entirely female! The two sexes never live together.

(3) Scared by a dog, a 4-year-old Chinese boy let out such a loud scream that it caused a poultry stampede that killed over 400 chickens!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #258(3/17/2007)

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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) Beth Israel gave birth to a son on Dec. 7, 2006 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Mass.!

(2) Q: A plane flies from point A to Point B, then back to A, with wind-free skies. Would it take more time, less time or the same amount of time to make the same trip if a constant wind was blowing from A to B? A: A plane flying from A to B and back will always move slower with a constant wind than no wind at all!

(3) They wear Renaissance uniforms and number only 100. But the Swiss Guards of the Vatican are trained in modern weapons and each member swears an oath to die to protect the city!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #257(3/15/2007)

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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) A statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin sits at the exact center of Antarctica!

(2) Policemen in Tijuana equipped themselves with slingshots in January 2007 after the Mexican government took away their guns!

(3) Jim Mouth of Anaheim, Calif., can balance 240 hats on his head!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c73(3/25/2007)

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Actor Brady White, who plays Santa Claus for the Macy's store in New York City, has his white beard covered by an insurance policy!

California Sheephead fish are never born as males!

Jonao, a seal at a Tokyo aquarium, can write!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Brady have covered by an insurance policy?

(2) Do California Sheephead fish have brothers when they are born?

(3) What can the seal in a Tokyo aquarium do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #256(3/12/2007)

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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) In January 2007 --- 105 Indian policewomen were deployed to Liberia as the first all-female U.N. peacekeeping force!

(2) In January 2007 --- a herd of elephants attacked a convey of trucks heading through Thailand's Khao Ang Rue-ni animal sanctuary and feasted on the cargo of tapioca and sugar cane!

(3) Richard Krieger of Whittier, Calif., rode the Xcelerator Roller Coaster at Knott's Berry Farm theme park --- 20,000 times!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #255(3/10/2007)

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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) Q: 3 buckets have a capacity of 8 liters, 5 liters and 3 liters, but no volume markings. The first bucket is filled to capacity and the goal is to evenly divide the water between two buckets (4 liters each). Since the only way to do the job accurately is to completely fill and empty buckets, what is the least number of pours that would be required to divide water? A: The least number of pours to divide 8 liters of water among two buckets, when you have an 8, a 5 and a 3 liter bucket, is 7 pours.

(2) Sailing through the Tonga Archipelago in August 2006, the crew of the yacht `Maiken' witnessed the birth of a new island --- volcanic action pushed land slowly above sea level right before their eyes!

(3) When Luis Carlos de Noronha Carral da Camara of Portugal wrote his will, he named 17 strangers as heirs, all selected at random from the Lisbon phone book!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #254(3/7/2007)

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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) Half of the oxygen in the atmosphere comes from microscopic life in the world's oceans!

(2) The town of Naftalan, Azerbaijan, features oil spas in which visitors bathe and relax in pure crude oil!

(3) "Whach" Toronto, Canada, is home to a female pillow-fighting league!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c72(3/18/2007)

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Choosing not to fly, Barbara Haddrill spent 6 weeks traveling by bus, train and cargo ship on a 9,770-mile journey from Powys, Wales, to be a bridesmaid in Brisbane, Australia!

The Southfields Farm in Leicestershire, England has a public paintball field --- in which players drive around and fire from army tanks!

Capgras syndrome can result in a person believing their long-time friends have been replaced with identical imposters!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Did Barbara take an airplane to travel from England to Australia?

(2) What do the players drive in the public paintball field in England?

(3) What can Capgras syndrome make a person believe?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #253(3/5/2007)

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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) Artist Marco Evaristti of Santiago, Chile, served pasta with meatballs fried in his own body fat to guests at a dinner party!

(2) Drinking too much water can kill a person --- painfully swelling the brain and bursting cells!

(3) Emylea Tharby was born outside of her mother's womb --- only the fifth extrauterine birth on record!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #252(3/3/2007)

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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) A species of Madagascar bats is able to cling to the large leaves in the forest by using the suction cups on its thumbs and feet!

(2) From decades of wearing a tightly bound corset, 70-year-old Cathie Jung of Old Mystic, Conn. has a waistline of just 15 inches!

(3) Q: How is it possible for Robert to stand behind Ravi while, at the same time, Ravi is standing behind Robert? A: Ravi can stand behind Robert while Robert stands behind Ravi if they are standing back to back!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #251(3/1/2007)

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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) Hanover Zoo officials in Germany discovered a 500-pound WWII-era bomb --- buried in a camel's enclosure!

(2) "I don't... Just kidding!" A couple in Steyr, Austria, waited months for a second chance to get married after the presiding official at the first attempt called it off when the bride made a joke at the altar!

(3) When Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring, debuted in 1913 --- the audience was shocked by the modern-style performance and started a riot!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c71(3/11/2007)

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At the Great Ape Trust near Des Moines, Iowa, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh studies bonobo chimpanzees that are being raised to understand and use human language!

"It's baaack!" Christopher Linton-Smith, Steve Glum and Tim Arnheim have taken turns giving each other the same fruitcake as a Christmas gift for the last 20 years!

The giant water lily of South America grows leaves that span 6 feet and are buoyant enough to support a child!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why is Dr. Sue raising bonobo chimpanzees?

(2) How long have Christopher and two of his friends taken turns giving each other the same fruitcake as a Christmas gift?

(3) How big and how buoyant are leaves of the giant water lily?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #250(2/28/2007)

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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) 8 people entered a building during a rainstorm and deposited their unbrellas at the entrance. As they were preparing to leave later in the day, a concierge hands out umbrellas without knowing who they belong to. What is the probability that exactly 7 people were given their own umbrellas? Answer --- If a conceirge hands out umbrellas to 8 people at random, the probability that exactly 7 will receive their original umbrealla is 0! If 7 people have their own umbrellas then the 8th person would as well.

(2) Debbie Bingham of St.Petersburg, Fla. was struck by a stray bullet during a new year's celebration --- but was saved when the bullet lodged in her bra strap!

(3) In January 2007, a man was arrested at a Hong Kong airport for trying to conceal a live crocodile, 6 snakes, 11 flying squirrels and 46 turtles in his luggage!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #249(2/26/2007)

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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 tribal government in Meghalaya, India, is offering a cash reward as an incentive for women to have more than 15 children!

(2) The cat parasite toxoplasma gondii infects about 40% of the world's human population and can trigger changes in personality in those infected!

(3) "Sweet Building!" George d'Aubney built a 4-foot-tall replica of London's St. Paul's Cathedral --- completed with lights, music and moving parts --- and made primarily from fruitcake!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #248(2/24/2007)

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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) "I'm here to pay my taxes!" In 1996, a French businessman used 20 tons of one-franc coins to pay over 3.7 million francs in back taxes and fees!

(2) Q: After surveying his surroundings, Johann the explorer walked one mile due south, then turned and walked one mile east, and finally turned and walked one mile north. He realized he was back where he started and was promptly eaten by a bear! What color was the Bear? "Burp!" Answer --- The bear was white. If Johann walked one mile south, then one mile east, then one mile north, and returned to his starting location, Johann started on the north pole. So it had to be a polar bear that ate him!

(3) With an asking price of at least £500 million, Prince Michael of Sealand wants to sell his private "kingdom," a former anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c70(3/4/2007)

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Believing the ritual would ward off evil spirits, hundreds of people gathered in English Bazaar, India, in December 2006 to witness a marriage ceremony between two trees!

Henning Brand, a German doctor and alchemist, discovered the element phosphorus in 1669 while attempting to distill urine into gold!

Mitsutaka Uchikoshi broke his hip while climbing Mount Rokko, near Kobe, Japan, and survived 24 days until his rescue by sipping water and barbecue sauce, then slipping into a hibernation-like state.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did hundreds of people gather and witness a marriage ceremony between two trees?

(2) What was Henning doing when he discovered the element phosphorus?

(3) How did Mitsutaka survive 24 days in Mount Rokko?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #247(2/21/2007)

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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: A box of marbles cost $20. If the marbles are valued at $19 more than the box, what is the box worth? A: If the marbles are worth $19 more than the box they are sold in and the total cost is $20, the box would be worth 50 cents!

(2) Electrical stimulation of the brain can produce "out of body" sensations!

(3) EXPENSIVE "TAN" In October 2006, a Malaysian businessman paid 200,000 ringgit (U.S. $54,300) in an auction for an auto license plate with his surname, "Tan"!

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