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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c97(9/30/2007)

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"The last Tommy" 109-year-old Henry John Patch of Wells, England is the last surviving British soldier to have served in the trenches of World War One!

In the summer of 2007, the government of Limuru, Kenya, ordered that all donkeys were to wear diapers!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa had already begun to tilt while the building's first 3 floors were under construction - yet it is still standing 800 years later!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How old is the last surviving British soldier to have served in the trenches of World War One

(2) What did the government order all donkeys to do?

(3) When did the Leaning Tower of Pisa begin to tilt?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #325(1/14/2003)

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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) A snowflake takes 30 minutes to reach the ground after falling from a height of 1.86 miles!

(2) Daniel Baraniuk of Poland won the world pole-sitting championships in Germany by staying on top of a pole of 196 days nonstop!

(3) Padma Maya Gurung of Nepal spent an extra 6 years in jail because a letter of release from the supreme court issued in 1997 was lost in the mail!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #324(9/3/2007)

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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) "No spitting!" Detainees who spit on police in Queensland, Australia, are forced to wear nets similar to beekeepers' masks!

(2) The Ivory Coast in West Africa produces about 40 percent of the world's cocoa!

(3) "The science of the suds!" Scientists Robert MaCpherson and David Srolovitz discovered the mathematical equations to describe how a beer loses its frothy head!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #323(8/23/2007)

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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) During a move to their new home --- Bob and Betty Matas and their two cats traveled 2,500 miles from New York City to Sedona, Arizona, in a hired NYC taxi cab rather than travel by plane!

(2) "Hello" Researchers from Mid Sweden University used electrically conductive inks and printable speakers to create paper that talks!

(3) "Yum!" Jay Barr of Cape Coral, Fla., makes a 150-mile flight to kissimmee, Fla., 10 times a year just to buy hamburgers!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c96(4/8/2001)

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In Macksburg, Iowa, there is an annual "National Skillet Throwing Contest" in which contestants toss cast-iron frying pans as far as they can!

Heiress Patricia O'Neill left her $58 million estate in Cape Town, South Africa to a 15-year-old chimpanzee named "Kalu"!

The world's longest road tunnel measures 15.19 miles and runs between Bergen and Oslo, Norway! Believe It or Not! One of the thruways was the site of a wedding!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of contest do people have in Mackburg?

(2) To whom did Patricia leave her $58 million estate?

(3) How long is the world's longest road tunnel?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #322(1/15/2001)

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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 single square yard of carpeting can hold a pound of dirt before it even looks dirty!

(2) At the first Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims ate venison, duck, goose, seafood, corn bread, watercress, wild plums and dried berries, but not turkey! "Sounds Great!"

(3) Samir "Sammy" Keishk of San Francisco, Calif. has created a giant ball out of rubber bands that weighs 2,260 LBS.! He spent over $12,000 on rubber bands and 18 months to make it!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #321(8/16/2007)

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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) British artist Damien Hirst's $98 million diamond-encrusted platinum replica of a human skull!

(2) During summer 2007, the Belgian military deployed soldiers to combat caterpillars in the country's forests!

(3) "Hare, hare, everywhere!" In June 2007, the wild hare population grew so large around Milan, Italy, that Linate Airport was shut down because the animals were overrunning runways and damaging equipment!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #320(8/15/2007)

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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) All electrons and protons moving through the wires, cables and transistors of the Internet have combined weight of less than two ounces!

(2) Nathan Sawaya of New York City left his job as a successful attorney to become a Lego brick artist!

(3) Q: While walking down a train track, a man sees a train coming at him. He runs 15 feet toward the train before jumping out of the way. Why would he do that?
A: To avoid a speeding train, a man runs 15 feet toward the train before jumping out of the way because he is either in a tunnel or on a bridge!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c95(1/16/2000)

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On Northlea Sheep Dairy Farm near Indian River, Ont., Canada, donkeys are used to herd sheep and as bodyguards to keep away coyotes and other predators!

Jim Moran of Los Angeles, Calif., once found a needle in a haystack, changed horses in midstream in the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, and walked a bull through a china shop in New York City!

A woman raking leaves in her backyard in Truno, Nova Scotia, Canada, discovered a live grenade on her lawn!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What do the donkeys in the farm do?

(2) What did Jim do in New York City?

(3) What did the woman discover on her lawn in her backyard?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #319(1/7/2000)

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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 record 27 students in Timmins, Ont., Canada, crammed themselves into a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle!

(2) "A Historic Moment" November 19, 1999 was the last day of the Gregorian calendar to carry all odd numbers! This hoenomenon will not happen again until January 1, 3111! "The last odd day!"

(3) Matthew Williams, an 18-month-old toddler, was run over by a car in Worcestershire, England --- the car's tire rolled over the child's stomach, but he was unhurt!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #318(8/13/2007)

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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 swarm of flies shut down a radio station in Ystad, Sweden, on May 23, 2007, by shorting out its electrical equipment!

(2) In May 2007, Chinese authorities discovered a derelict and abandoned fishing boat off the coast with over 5,000 wild animals on board --- all alive!

(3) Michael Lusher of Huntington, W.Va., was shot in the head as he slept on May 20, 2007 --- and only realized it after he woke up hours later!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #317(8/9/2007)

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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) "Clean Getaway!" On May 30, 2007, thieves stole a gold bathtub worth $1 million from a hotel in Kamogawa, Japan.

(2) Germany's Krefeld Zoo employs a clown to entertain its apes!

(3) Living as a squatter on a patch of land in Hampstead Heath, London, for 18 years, Harry Hallowes finally won rights to the land --- valued at $4 million!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c94(9/16/2007)

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In May 2007, a 5 acre, 100-foot deep lake in Magallanes, Chile, disappeared in less than a month!

Spain's national anthem "The Royal March," is nearly 250 years old and has never had official lyrics!

"Missing Lynx!" Lynx, a pet cat, returned to its owner's home in Hook, England, in June 2007 --- 10 years after disappearing!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long did it take for the lake to disappear?

(2) Does Spain's national anthem have official lyrics?

(3) How long did it take the cat to return to its owner's home?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #316(1/16/2002)

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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) Dr. Lou Taloumis, an orthodontist in San Antonio, Texas, has a collection of tooth brushes from around the world, including a six-sided brush that can clean all of your teeth at the same time!

(2) "Oooooff!" In August 1987, a single Sunday edition of the New York Times weighed 14 lbs.!

(3) The graves of "Emmette Tomb" and "Lydia Coffin" can be found in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Pineville, La.!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #315(8/6/2007)

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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) A dog wags its tail more to the right when it is happy --- and more to the left when it is scared!

(2) A Swiss clothing manufacturer produces boxer shorts that are shielded against electromagnetic radiation!

(3) "NOTICE! NO MORE BODIES... WE ARE FULL!" Due to so many contributions, the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands has no more room and has stopped accepting bodies donated for scientific purposes!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #314(8/4/2007)

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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) During a May 2007 field trip, 11 junior high school students from Uji, Japan, were hospitalized after telling ghost stories to each other.

(2) On Jan. 27, 2007, Pat Callan of La Crosse, Wis., head-banged for over 35 minutes straight at a rock concert!

(3) People on the continent of Africa speak over 1,000 different languages!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c93(12/29/2002)

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Jim Cone of Wilmington, N.C., was fishing when a Spanish mackerel leapt out of the water, smashed through the windshield of his boat and landed in his wife's lap!

A publisher in Frankfurt, Germany, printed a series of novels and poems on rolls of toilet paper!

A bowl of spaghetti made in San Francisco, Calif., contained 2,700 lbs. of noodles and tomato sauce!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where did the Spanish mackerel land after leaping out of the water?

(2) Where did the publisher print a series of novels and poems?

(3) How much did the noodles and tomato sauce weigh?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #s4(1/3/2005)

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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) The Pierce Family of Salt Lake City, Utah, has answered more than 25,000 misdialed phone calls during the past 14 years. They enjoy chatting with each caller and keep a log of each call!

(2) When sunlight reflects off the steel exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., not only are motorists blinded, but nearby buildings are warmed up by as much as 15 degrees!

(3) "Beer and Rock Chaser" The Life-Saving Beer spill! 10,000 bottles of beer fell off a truck onto a Colorado highway, closing it to traffic just before a massive rock slide covered the road!

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