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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #302(6/30/2007)

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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) Among NASA's many plans for emergencies in space --- restraining a crazed astronaut --- with duct tape!

(2) Elvis Presley was a twin! His brother Jesse was stillborn.

(3) "Sound Of Thunder?" The heat of lightning causes the air around a lightning bolt to expand --- producing a noise!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c88(9/2/2007)

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Tens of millions of years ago, Peru had penguins that had 7-inch beaks and stood 5 feet tall!

"Zap Chap!" Peter McCamphill of Coventry, England, survived a lightning strike that burned off his hair, blackened his clothes and tore one of his shoes into pieces!

A meteor exploded over Siberia's Tunguska River on June 30, 1908, unleashing the energy of 1,000 Hiroshima bombs and flattening 770 square miles of forest!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of penguins lived in Peru tens of millions years ago?

(2) Was Peter killed by the lightning that blacken his clothes?

(3) Compared to Hiroshima bombs, how much energy did the meteor unleash?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #301(6/28/2007)

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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) Louisiana farms produce over 10 million turtles a year!

(2) Single human body cells can divide only 50 to 70 times before wearing out!

(3) Those who go to church or temple on a regular basis tend to live longer!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #300(6/27/2007)

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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) Buddy the donkey provided testimony at a Dallas, Texas, courthouse in an April 2007 case regarding his own behavior!

(2) "Iceland" Although it lies far from the mainland, the island of Iceland is Europe's westernmost country!

(3) "Ghost Ship" In April 2007, a yacht was found off the coast of Australia with all of its emergency equipment intact and dinner on the table --- but its 3 member crew had disappeared without a trace!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #299(6/25/2007)

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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) Dylan Hargreaves, an autistic boy from Blackburn, England, learned to speak his first words by mimicking his family's pet parrot!

(2) In China --- tiger bones are soaked in rice wine to create a traditional health elixir!

(3) State of Ohio officials are training dogs to sniff out the sawdust created by the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer beetle larvae!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c87(8/12/2007)

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Slow-Mo Hero! Moving only a few steps an hour --- Greg Billingham walked the 2007 London Marathon in slow motion to raise money for a leukemia charity. It took him 7 days to finish the 26.2 mile course!

"Hey, Franck, what was in that box?" Due to a postal mix-up, Franck and Ludivine Larmande of Cascade Township, Michi., accidentally received a preserved human liver and head in the mail!

Some sea anemones live out their entire lives on the shells of hermit crabs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long did it take Greg to finish the 2007 London Marathon?

(2) What did Franck and Ludivine find in the box?

(3) Are there some sea anemones live out their entire lives on the shells of hermit crabs?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #298(6/22/2007)

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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) In January 2007, a massive block of ice --- conjectured to be a hailstone weighing over 50 pounds --- fell from the sky and crushed a car belonging to Andre Javage of Tampa, Fla.!

(2) Jennifer Mee of St. Petersburg, started hiccupping on Jan. 23, 2007, and continued for 38 days straight!

(3) The Bhut Jolokia, "Ghost Pepper," of Assam, India, is 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno pepper and has half the potency of weapon-grade pepper spray!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #297(6/18/2007)

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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) "2007 Winner Nicolas Sarkozy" Donzy, a French village with less than 2,000 people, has backed the winner of that country's last 6 presidential elections!

(2) One variety of Swiss army knife comes equipped with 85 separate tools!

(3) The dwarf willow tree, which grows in arctic habitats, reaches heights of less than 3 inches at maturity!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #296(6/11/2007)

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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) After 2 years of abundant rain, grass began to grow on the desert-themed golf course at Cameron's Corner, Australia!

(2) "Snow doughnuts" were found in the mountains of Washington State by transportation workers during a March 2007 land survey!

(3) The Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia is celebrated with devotees piercing their bodies with a variety of objects --- from pins to swordfish bills!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c86(8/5/2007)

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"Fossil Flora!" While excavating his driveway, Clyde Friend of Yakima, Wash., discovered a 15 million years old petrified forest still standing upright!

In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint produced a series of $1 million coins that weighed 220 pounds each!

The Japanese spider crab can have a leg span of 12 feet!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Clyde discover while excavating his driveway?

(2) What kind of coins did the mint produce in 2007?

(3) How big can the Japanese spider crab be?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #295(6/16/2007)

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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) As they grow, Brazil nut trees accumulate trace amounts of radium, making their nuts radiactive!

(2) Joe Bravo of Los Angeles, does not paint his elaborate portraits on canvas --- he uses tortillas!

(3) Mt. Everest is the world's tallest mountain peak, but the peak of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is actually farther from the earth's center due to the planet's bulge around the equator!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #294(6/14/2007)

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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) French hikers Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral survived while lost for 7 weeks in the jungles of French Guyana in early 2007 by eating only tarantulas and turtles!

(2) "Good Day!" Dynia Humphries and Brian Montgomery and their son D'Majae, from Lynwood, Ill. --- all share the same birthday --- December 14!

(3) "Uttar Pradesh" "India" Over 175 million people live in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. By itself it would be the world's 6th largest country by population!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #293(6/6/2007)

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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) David Brown of London sent a text message to a phone number that came to him in a dream --- that woman on the other end responded and believe it or not! --- they married 5 years later!

(2) In a hospital waiting room, 70% of people have broken bones --- 75% are fatigued --- 80% have stomachaches --- and 85% have fevers. What percentage would have all 4 ailments? At least 10%!

(3) Wang Zhendong of Liaoning, China, was arrested for scamming investors out of 3 billion Yuan ($390 million) in a fraudulent ant-breeding business!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c85(7/29/2007)

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Terry Prendergast, a former WWII pilot, was buried in a coffin that resembled a hawker hurricane fighter plane!

"Swish!" Toilets in space are flushed with air, not water!

In 2007, Alexandra Hai became the first female gondolier ever on the canals of Venice!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of coffin was Terry buried in?

(2) How are toilets flushed in space?

(3) Were there any female gondolier on the canals of Venice before 2007?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #292(6/9/2007)

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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) Ewa Wisnierska, a German paraglider, was pulled 32,000 feet into the air by a storm and landed 40 miles from her launch site, alive, but covered in ice!

(2) "Make Cents?" If you have $9.60 in change and all of it is made up equal numbers of 25-cent, 10-cent and 5-cent pieces --- you would have 24 of each coin!

(3) Vivian Wheeler, who goes by the stage name "Melinda Maxie," has a full beard over 11 inches long!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #291(6/7/2007)

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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) A swan at the Shenzhen Wildlife Park in Shenzhen, China feeds the park's fish by bringing food to them in its beak!

(2) Lynne Cox completed a 1.2 mile swim through the polar ice water along the Antarctic shoreline in just 25 minutes!

(3) "ZZZZ" Some sleep aids have a potential side effect of sleeping walking and eating food without waking up!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #290(6/4/2007)

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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 cat, nicknamed Macavity, rides a bus in Wolverhampton, England, hopping on and off at the same stops several times a week!

(2) 16-year-old Rachel Collier was removed from a plane for coughing too loudly!

(3) It takes over 6 hours for NASA to move the U.S. Space Shuttle 3.4 miles to the launchpad!

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