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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c84(7/22/2007)

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In the Sudanese marriage ritual of Jirtik, newlyweds have a milk spitting competition to determine who will become head of the household!

An antibacterial compound produced by American bullfrogs has been found capable of fighting drug-resistant staph infections!

Jay Shafer of Sebastopol, Calif., lives in a 96-square-foot house!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) In the Sudanese marriage ritual of Jirtik, how do newlyweds determine who will become head of the household?

(2) What kind of frogs help produce that antibacterial compound?

(3) What kind of house does Jay live in?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #289(5/31/2007)

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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) Human sweat can create an electrical charge in coins that have two different alloys, like the Canadian toonie or the 1 and 2 Euro coins!

(2) On his World War I draft card, Harry Houdini listed his middle name as Handcuff!

(3) Some species of penguins build their nests with rocks!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #288(5/30/2007)

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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) Egypt's 2006 census shows that a baby is born every 23 seconds and the country has increased its population by 20% in just 10 years!

(2) If 7 farms each had 7 dogs that killed 7 moles that would have each eaten 7 plants that would have produced 7 potatoes --- the dogs protected a total of 16,807 potatoes!

(3) Most male fireflies throughout the world flash their lights randomly, but on the riverbanks of Southeast Asia they flash simultaneously!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #287(5/28/2007)

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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) A meteor as small as a softball will hit the surface of the moon with as much force as 154 pounds of TNT!

(2) Glen Seaborg, a modern day "alchemist," created gold from the element bismuth in 1980 in a nuclear experiment!

(3) Thiago Olson, a 17-year-old high school student from Oakland Township, Mich., built a functioning fusion reactor in his garage!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c83(7/8/2007)

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Guido Daniele, of Milan, Italy, a body art painter --- specializes in painting hands to resemble animals!

In June 2005, residents of Odzaci, Serbia, reported a rain of frogs!

Tapeworms in whales grow more than 130 feet long!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Guido specialize in?

(2) What kind of rain did the residents have in June 2005?

(3) How long do tapeworms in whales grow?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #286(5/24/2007)

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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) In early 2007, paleontologists discovered a near complete 5-million-year-old whale fossil beneath a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy!

(2) Police in Gujarat, India, are trading in their cotton uniforms for new ones manufactured with jasmine, rose and citrus scents!

(3) Wu Ping of Chongqing, China, grudgingly became the last person in her neighborhood to sell her home to developers after she was left with her house on an island surrounded by a huge construction pit!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #285(5/23/2007)

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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) Charles Haskey of Bowling Green, KY., has collected newspaper obituaries and death notice for over 46 years!

(2) Taxi Driver Victor Frank hit a patch of ice, flipped over a guard rail, dropping 30 feet to another highway where his cab landed on its wheels!

(3) The study of beards is known as pogonology.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #284(5/21/2007)

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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) Most of the moon's dust is magnetic!

(2) Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) once slid a needle into his eye socket to create spots in his vision so he could study the results for an optics experiment!

(3) The Sombrero Galaxy has a mass 800 billion times greater than our sun and is so large that it takes a beam of light 50,000 years to travel from one side to the other!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c82(6/24/2007)

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Thousands of visitors flocked to the home of Eric Nathaniel in Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India, after two of his paintings of Jesus began to drip red fluid!

A two-toned red and yellow apple grown in Washington state!

"Rover?!" Cane toads, which were introduced to the islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific in the 20th century to control insects --- grow to the size of small dogs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did thousands of people visit Eric's house?

(2) What colors does the two-toned apple have?

(3) How big can cane toads grow in the islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #283(5/17/2007)

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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) Ecuador has had 8 presidents in less than 10 years!

(2) NASA Scientist Bill Cooke studies potential meteorite dangers by examining the craters and shrapnel created from glass marbles crashing against a surface at speeds of 16,000 MPH!

(3) Neuropathologist Diana Rivas manages a collection at a museum in Peru's National Neurological Science Institute --- thousands of diseased brains!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #282(5/16/2007)

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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) All the gold ever mined in history would fit into 30 large cement trucks!

(2) Even though the moon is 239,000 miles away --- it has hundreds of times more gravitational pull than a person who hugs you!

(3) The Unites States of America's first President, George Washington, also ran one of the largest whiskey distilleries in North America!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #281(5/14/2007)

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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) During an art exhibit in Norway, artist Jan Christensen had his work, Relative Value, made with 100,000 kroner ($16,300) worth of bank notes, stolen out of its frame by bandits in a gallery robbery!

(2) "Popular Job!" 15,000 young Nepalese compete each year for a position in the elite brigade of Gurkhas in the British Armed Forces --- only 230 are accepted!

(3) Teams of divers from eight countries participated in an underwater ice hockey tournament at Austria's Weissensee Lake in February 2007. The foam puck is played from the underside of the ice on a frozen lake!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c81(6/17/2007)

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"Very Nice!" Kazakhstan, experienced increased tourism interest as a result of the 2006 movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan!

No species of cats can taste sweetness!

In February 2007, Olga Mauriello of San Giorgio Cremano, Italy, found a live WWII-era grenade --- without its safety pin --- in a sack of potatoes!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What increased tourism interest in Kazakhstan?

(2) Are there any cats which can taste sweetness?

(3) What did Olga find in a sack of potatoes?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #280(5/9/2005)

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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) Lightning in Florida, on average, kills 10 people a year and is responsible for 90% of the state's wildfires!

(2) The Supreme Scream thrill-ride at Knott's Berry Farm is the tallest structure in Orange County, Calif.!

(3) William Howard Taft the 27th U.S. President was the first president to throw out the opening pitch of a baseball season.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #279(1/19/2005)

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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) Room With A "views" A building in Curitiba, Brazil has 11 stories --- all of which can rotate independently!

(2) The Taipei 101, the world's tallest building, features the world's fastest passenger elevator. It travels more than 55 feet per second!

(3) The world's tallest bridge! The new Millau Bridge in southern France is 1.5 miles long and 1,112 feet tall, 50 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #278(12/1/2005)

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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) "Driving Her Nuts!" Despite her best attempts, Tiffany Smith of Fridley, Minn, can't stop squirrels from stashing walnuts under the hood of her car by the hundreds!

(2) Spain's Al Mansur, (932-1002) won over 50 wars, carrying his coffin to every battle, just in case he didn't survive!

(3) The drinking glasses, wall art and furniture at the Absolut Ice Bar in London are all made of ice kept at -23F!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c80(6/10/2007)

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Pareas iwasakii, a Japanese snake, has a jaw capable of prying a snail out of its shell!

"Lost 395 Pounds!" Manuel Uribe of San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico, left his home for the first time in 5 years after dropping his weight from 1,235 to 840 pounds!

Ross Mercer of Whitehorse, Canada, hold the record for longest snowmobile jump, at 263.5 feet!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Does Pareas iwasakii have a jaw capable of prying a snail out of its shell?

(2) How long had Manuel been at home until he lost 395 pounds?

(3) What is the record for longest snowmobile jump?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #277(5/10/2007)

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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) Minister Andrew Hoover of Columbus, Ohio, works as a full-time eulogist --- speaking at over 250 funerals a year!

(2) Peter Little of Karridale, Australia, is building a house with 13,500 water-filled wine bottles embedded in the walls to help regulate the building's temperature!

(3) The Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Texas, is dedicated to the history of barbed wire --- and its use in ranching and warfare!

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