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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #272(4/21/2007)

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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) "Cheddarvision!" A Somerset, England, dairy uses a webcam to allow people to watch the aging of a block of cheddar cheese in real time over the internet!

(2) "Elusive Sea Beast!" The Colossal Squid, which can grow to an estimated 40 feet long, hunts with tentacles that are covered with rotating hooks!

(3) Vatican City, population 492, had 827 court cases in 2006 --- more per capita than any other country!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c78(5/13/2007)

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The train service connecting Lhasa, Tibet, to Chaina's rail system operates at such a high altitude that oxygen is provided to passengers and those over age 60 need medical clearance to board the train!

Earth's atmosphere is one of the biggest sources of our planet's warmth. Without the heat it produces, temperatures would be about 50 degrees (F) cooler!

A 1,364-foot-long Sleeping Buddha Statue has been carved into the side of a mountain in Yiyang, Jiangxi, China!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why do the passengers over age 60 need medical clearance to board that train?

(2) Without the heat earth's atmosphere produces, how much cooler would temperatures be?

(3) How big is the Sleeping Buddha Statue?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #271(4/19/2007)

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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) "Clap Clap" Paramjit Singh of India can clap his hands over 11,600 times in an hour!

(2) "Special Today $2.48" Michael Sparks of Nashville, Tenn., bought a 184-year-old print of the American Declaration of Independence for $2.48 at a thrift store. It sold for $477,650!

(3) 1/3 of major Japanese businesses report they have employees who regularly work more than 100 hours of overtime a month!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #270(4/16/2007)

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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) Immediately after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for theft, David Kite of Belleville, Ill., was married in a civil wedding ceremony --- by the same judge who presided over his criminal trial!

(2) Some chimpanzees in the wild make wooden spears and use them to hunt small animals!

(3) The government of Terengganu, Malaysia, uses undercover informants to report on unmarried couples that kiss or hold hands!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #269(4/12/2007)

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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 February 2007, 6,124 couples gathered in Manila, Philippines, for a huge simultaneous kissing session!

(2) In the sport of horse soccer, it's the horses themselves that kick a 50-inch soccer ball!

(3) The Ethiopian calendar, which has 12 30-day months and one leap month of 5 or 6 days --- will celebrate its year 2000 on Sept. 12, 2007!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c77(5/6/2007)

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Until 2004, a zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, offered visitors unique live entertainment --- wrestling matches between orangutans trained in martial arts!

The Swedish Calendar only once had a 30th day in February --- people born on February 30, 1712, Never had a birthday!

Cordyceps Fungi feed on living insects, often taking controls of their hosts' brains and instructing the bugs to spread the parasite to others!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of live entertainment did the zoo in Bangkok have until 2004?

(2) Which year had the 30th of February?

(3) What did the cordyceps Fungi instruct the bugs to do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #268(4/9/2007)

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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) Gravy is used by some British Special Forces Troops to darken their skin --- for disguise purposes!

(2) Rochom P'ngieng of Cambodia was reunited with her family after spending 19 years in the jungle --- lost!

(3) The 7.5-foot-long taningia danae squid emits intense flashes of light from its arms to stun and disorient its prey!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #267(4/7/2007)

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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) 25, 27, 3, 12, 6, 15, 9, 30, 21, 19 --- Which of these numbers can be added together to have exactly 50? Answer --- You can add 25, 19, and 6!

(2) Born without lower arms, 15-year-old Cornel Hrisca-Munn of Whittington, England, took second place in a national drumming competition!

(3) In 2006, the police department in Hagfors, Sweden, bought toilet paper for the first time in 20 years --- in 1986 they accidentally ordered hundreds of "pallets" instead of "boxes" and ended up with enough paper to fill 12 garages!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #266(4/4/2007)

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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) A company called Lifegem will transform the remains of dead loved ones --- people and pets --- into diamond gems!

(2) A suburb in Shanghai, China, has an area consisting entirely of English architecture, complete with a village green, Victorian houses and a Gothic church.

(3) When allied forces invaded Kiska Island in World War II, they lost 21 soldiers --- all to friendly fire --- before noticing that Japanese defenders had already left the island!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c76(4/29/2007)

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China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi (260-210 BC) was buried with a life-sized army of 8,000 terra Cotta Warrior statues --- each with an individual look!

A computer capable on 1 trillion operations per second (1 teraflop) required over 2,000 sq ft. of space and 10,000 processors 11 years ago. Today, it can be done by a single chip the size of a finger nail!

"Hooray, I've won!" Adam Goodmann of Newark, N.J. spent nearly 2 years dealing with 3 different courts and 5 judges in a legal dispute over $3.76 --- but eventually won!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was China's first emperor buried with?

(2) Today, is a single chip as small as a fingernail capable of 1 trillion operations per second?

(3) What kind of dispute did Adam have for nearly two years?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #265(4/2/2007)

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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 Prehistoric Hug" Italian archaeologists unearthed 5,000-year-old skeletons of a young man and woman joined together in a tender hugging position!

(2) A dozen cyclists rode 559 miles across New Zealand's South Island in 15 days --- on unicycles!

(3) "Help!" 442 ice fishermen were rescued near Sakhalin Island, Russia, in February 2007 when their ice floe broke from shore and drifted over a mile out to sea!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #264(3/31/2007)

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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) During winter --- the only sunlight to reach Viganella, Italy, is reflected from a giant mirror positioned on a nearby mountain!

(2) "O Canada"! The words of Canada's two official national anthems --- the French "O Canada", and the English "O Canada" were written separately, at different times by different authors, and they both translate to different meanings!

(3) While dragging for scallops off the coast of Maine, Tim Winchenbach discovered part of a tusk that belonged to a mastodon --- which roamed the area at least 13,000 years ago!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #263(3/29/2007)

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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) In 1958, a rock slide in Lituya Bay, Alaska triggered a tsunami over 1,700 feet high!

(2) In 1859, the sun released a series of solar flares so powerful that they set telegraph lines on fire across the United States and Europe!

(3) In January 2007, customs officials in Thailand found over 1,400 turtles of various species and 33 Arapaima fish being smuggled out of the country --- in a single suitcase!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c75(4/22/2007)

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A zoo in Chiang Mai, Thailand, uses the bamboo pulp in panda dung to create paper products!

Lady Harley, a Siberian husky, has ridden over 200,000 miles on the custom motorcycle of Jeremiah Gerbracht of Woodland Hills, Calif.!

On Jan 31, 2007, orange and yellow snow fell in Omsk, Russia!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does the zoo in Thailand use to create paper products?

(2) What kind of animal has ridden over 200,000 miles on the custom motorcycle?

(3) What kind of snow fell in Russia on January 31, 2007?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #262(3/28/2007)

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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) "Va-voom!" Russia's state-run nuclear energy company holds an annual Miss Atom Beauty Contest for women who work in the nuclear industry!

(2) Actor Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role as Harry Potter, can hold his hand on a flat surface and rotate it 360 degrees!

(3) Only 20% of males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived through World War II(1941-1945)!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #261(3/26/2007)

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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 23-foot-long python in a Malaysian village ate at least 11 guard dogs before being captured in January 2007!

(2) A chicken with webbed feet like a duck was found in Buga, Colombia!

(3) "Welcome to Sidney, Montana" Tobi Gutt of Germany traveled 8,000 miles off-course after misspelling his destination city while buying an airline ticket. Instead of Sydney, Australia, he ended up in Sidney, Montana!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #260(3/22/2007)

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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) Christians regularly gather at a grocery store in Morton, Texas, to pray to a formation of ice in a freezer that resembles the Virgin Mary!

(2) In December 2006, aquarium officials in Fushun, China, utilized the long arms of the country's tallest man to pull lethal plastic shards out of the stomachs of a pair of dolphins --- saving their lives!

(3) No matter how much one bathes --- millions of microscopic follicle mites still live on nearly every human on earth!

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