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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #313(8/2/2007)

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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) In February 2007, police in the Netherlands found that a 67-year-old man they had pulled over had been driving without a license --- for 47 years!

(2) Bones long thought to belong to Joan of ARC were recently discovered to be those of an ancient Egyptian mummy and its pet cat!

(3) The meteorite hunter Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., has dug up over 1,000 meteorites in 15 years of searching!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #312(7/30/2007)

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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) "GGRRRRRR" Keith Clifford of Leighterton, England, has trained his sheep to serve as guard animals!

(2) "The Corpse Groom!" Tulsi Devipujak of Anand, Gujarat, India, married her fiance in March 2007 even though he died before the ceremony!

(3) Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair of San Francisco can spin a hula hoop and run a 10K race at the same time and complete the contest in 1:06:35!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c92(9/9/2007)

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"Monumentally Cheesy!" Troy Landwehr, of Little Chute, Wisconsin, carved a replica of Mount Rushmore from a 700-pound block of cheese!

Kerauno Medicine is the study of lightning injuries!

On June 13, 1020, the U.S. post office passed a regulation that prohibited mailing children!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Troy carve from a 700-pound block of cheese?

(2) What is the study of lightning injuries called?

(3) On June 13, 1920, what kind of regulation was passed?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #s3(1/23/2002)

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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) Fishmen Lafaili Tofi and Telea Pa'a from Western Samoa survived for 6 months after drifting 2,480 miles in the Pacific Ocean in a small metal boat!

(2) Inventor Thomas Edison worked in his lab until midnight on his wedding day!

(3) While working for the San Antonio, Texas, school district for 16 years Jane Agnew Talley saved every staple that she removed from office mail until she had a bag that weighed over 11 lbs.!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #311(7/26/2007)

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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) Besides his role as Japan's monarch, Emperor Akihito is a marine biologist!

(2) Businesses on Times Square in New York City generate about $55 billion a year in revenue --- enough to make the area the world's 76th largest economy!

(3) High school baseball coach Gene Schultz of Lansing, Iowa, has won over 1,500 games during the last 38 years!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #310(7/23/2007)

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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) "Hoping to hook the big one!" Mike Wallis of Warner, Okla. built an 83-foot-long rod with a reel that works!

(2) "I'm still here!!" Claiming to be 103 years old, Basanta Roy of Patna, India, has spent the last 6 years lying in his own grave --- waiting to die!

(3) In early 2007, dozens of vultures in the province of Burgos, Spain, began attacking live animals due to a shortage of carrion in the area!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c91(9/24/2006)

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"I think I can see something!" "China?" After getting a positive reading from a metal detector, Henry Mora of Montclair, Calif., dug a 60-foot-deep hole in his front yard, searching for gold!

One form of dyslexia causes people to only understand books when they're held upside down!

35 years after Gary Karafiat of Naperville, Ill., lost his wallet in high school, it was returned to him totally intact!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Henry do in his front yard?

(2) Are there some people who can understand books only when holding them upside down?

(3) What happened 35 years after Gary lost his wallet?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #s2(6/9/2003)

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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 living together for 77 years, Zyness O'Haver, age 95, and Sallie Warren, age 94, of Oklahoma City, Okla., were finally married! "Did we ever get married?"

(2) In Ottertail, Minnesota, there is a replica of a dragonfly that measures 30 feet long!

(3) Scientists discovered a supercolony of ants that stretches 3,600 miles from Italian Riviera to Northern Spain!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #309(7/19/2007)

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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) "Crikey!" Scientists from Australia's University of Queensland are installing a bacteria-powered electric generator --- which runs only on brewing waste --- at the foster's beer brewery near Brisbane!

(2) "Hey!" Police in Inglewood, Calif., arrested a man in April 2007 for stealing 26 cars that he used only to visit his girlfriend!

(3) Sarah Dacre of London believes she is allergic to modern electronics, so she wears a silver-coated mesh net over her head when she leaves her foil-shielded home!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #308(7/18/2007)

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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) Annette Banks of London created a 51-foot-long copy of the Bayeus tapestry, a 230-foot-long illustrated chronicle of the Norman Invasion of England!

(2) Archaeologists in Ephesus, Turkey, discovered a cemetery with the graves of Roman gladiators who died in battle!

(3) The male mosquito lives on flowers while the female lives on animals.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c90(1/12/2003)

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Scientists in Kent, England, have grown apples for Halloween that have spooky images of witches and pumpkins on the skin!

Mae Mefford, who owns the Missouri Tavern in Madison, Wisc. tosses out any customer who utter a swear word!

Dr. Robert Hoffman of Mine has developed a method of making human hair grow green, blue, yellow or red using genes taken from tropical fish!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of apples have the scientists in Kent grown for Halloween?

(2) What kind of customers cannot stay in the tavern?

(3) What kind of things are used in order to make human hair grow green, blue, yellow or red?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #307(7/16/2007)

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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) Medical associations worldwide suggest doctors not wear ties because they are rarely washed properly and can easily transmit diseases!

(2) 95-year-old Mabel Toevs of Sanford, Fla. was accidentally declared dead by the U.S. Social Security Administration in April 2007 and had to prove to the government that she was still alive to receive her medical insurance benefits!

(3) On April 26, 2007, a tornado in Indiana hurled a police cruiser 120 feet through the air and detective Shayna Mireles walked away with only bruises!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #306(7/12/2007)

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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) "Latest Edition..." In 2007, the Swedish newspaper Post-Och Inrikes Tidningar (mail and domestic Tidings) moved its operation online after 261 years of printing the news!

(2) "Oooops!" In 2002, a platoon on British Marines on a training mission became lost in bad weather and unintentionally assaulted the town of La Linea, Spain, in an amphibious invasion!

(3) Scientists in Indonesia identified 20 new species of sharks and rays during a 5-year survey of catches at Indonesian fish markets!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #305(7/7/2007)

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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) About 1 in 7 children worldwide --- ages 5-17 --- are employed as workers!

(2) Manjit Singh of Highfields, England, pulled an 8-ton airliner with cables attached to his ears!

(3) Workplace injuries and illnesses caught on the job kill about 6,000 people around the world every day!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c89(8/25/2002)

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Lester Kwok and Juliana Khoo were married underwater at a Singapore Aquarium in a shark-filled tank!

Two women, both named Bojana Milanovic, were involved in a minor car accident in Waynesboro, Pa.!

The artist baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927) wore a bustle with a taillight attached and a bird cage with live canaries around her neck!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where did Lester and Juliana get married?

(2) Besides being involved in a minor car accident, what did the two women have in common?

(3) What kind of clothes did the baroness wear?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #304(7/6/2007)

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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) About 85% of the stars in our galaxy are dwarf stars, which are much smaller than the sun and can burn for tens of billions of years!

(2) Male bees don't have fathers! Male drones are born from a queen's unfertilized eggs.

(3) "Same Old Ham!" The same slab of ham has been on display at the Mecca Restaurant in Raleigh, NC., since 1937!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #303(7/2/2007)

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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) The Association of the Dead is a political party in Uttar Pradesh, India, dedicated to helping those who have been falsely declared dead by greedy relatives!

(2) The Qahtani tribe of Saudi Arabia has an annual camel beauty pageant with over a thousand camel contestants!

(3) The Soviet Union's 50-megaton Tsar Bomba detonated on Oct. 30, 1961, and created a mushroom cloud about 40 miles high!

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