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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #338(9/22/2007)

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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) Canada borders three oceans and has the world's longest coastline --- 151,019 miles!

(2) "Glub, glub, gulp!" Dan Meyer of Nashville, Tenn., became the first person in the Western Hemisphere to swallow a sword underwater while submerged in a shark tank on May 18, 2007, at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.!

(3) Hoping to bring good karma to his establishment, a restaurant owner in Guangdong, China, paid $75,000 for a single "lucky" fish in April 2007!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c101(1/21/2001)

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Kolby Griston, age 2, of Chicago, Ill., accidentally pulled the fire alarm at his nursery school and ended up saving the lives of his classmates when a car crashed into their school moments later!

Once a bedbug bites a person it will not bite anyone else! This ensures that it is drinking from the same blood type! "Love that B+!"

The Gardenhouse Dance Company of Atlana, Ga., performs a dance that consists of four people waltzing with push lawn mowers on a 38 ft. by 38 ft. piece of grass!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Who saved the lives of the classmates when a car crashed into their school?

(2) Once a bedbug bites a person, why won't it bite anyone else?

(3) What kind of dance does the dance company perform?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #337(9/3/2003)

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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) Akash Gupta of Calcutta, India, wrote 12,584 letters on a single grain of rice!

(2) Faith, a mongrel puppy owned by Laura Stringfellow of Oklahoma, has such poorly developed front legs that she has learned to walk upright on her hind legs!

(3) The oldest piece of "gum" in the world is a 9,000-year-old lump of tar-like material found in Sweden!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #336(9/20/2007)

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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) "Hey! Where's the crops?" Facing an impending boom in the rat population, that would surely destroy crops --- farmers in Mizoram, India, canceled nearly all of their spring 2007 plantings!

(2) In urban areas, daytime noises distract robins so they sing at night, something few that live in the country do!

(3) "Lucky Day!" While at summer camp in North Stonington, Conn., Brandon Lavallee found 21 four leaf clovers and 2 with 5 leaves --- in one day!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #335(9/17/2007)

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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) Alex Baker has lived in the same house in Portsmouth, England, for 96 years!

(2) Common house mice on Gough Island in the south Atlantic hunt and eat birds --- which take no action to defend themselves from the tiny creatures!

(3) Even with ample oxygen, a candle lit in zero gravity will only burn with a weak, spherical blue blame!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c100(9/26/2004)

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A South African woman accidentally deposited a rare gold coin worth more than a $1,000 in a Johannesburg parking meter while shopping without her glasses!

Linda Blardo of Zephyrhills, Fla., lost her high school class ring at a local swimming hole. 34 years later, the ring was found in a Georgia state park 470 miles away!

61-year-old Dave Parker of Vancouver Island, Canada, was attacked by a 100-pound cougar while walking along a service road. The elderly man killed the cougar with a 3-inch pocket knife!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did the woman deposit in a parking meter?

(2) How long did it take her to retrieve her high school class ring?

(3) What did the elderly man kill with a pocket knife?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #334(1/3/2001)

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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) "Peanut Butter" "Jelly" A peanut butter sandwich measuring 40 ft. in length and containing 150 lbs. of peanut butter and 50 lbs. of jelly was created by the people of Peanut, PA.!

(2) "The Nature Clock" A U.S. company has developed an alarm clock which emits a light that mimics a sunrise, plays bird songs and releases the scent of brewing coffee! "SSSSSNIFFFFF"

(3) Tomaz Humar of Slovenia climbed Dhaulagiri, a 26,795-ft.-high mountain in the Himalayas, alone without sustaining any injuries, yet broke both of his legs after falling into a 10-ft.-deep hole outside his home!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #333(9/15/2007)

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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) Rio De Janeiro is much farther east than New York City, and is 2 times zones ahead!

(2) The Tari Bunia Bank in Vanuatu accepts skulls, shells and boar tusks, converts them to local currency and deposits that value in the person's account!

(3) "Wimps!" Despite their fearsome reputation, piranhas gather together into large shoals for mutual protection -- not to form hunting groups!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #332(9/13/2007)

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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) "Holding Pattern!" In Superior, Minn., Chad Netherland held back two airplanes from taking off in opposite directions for 60 seconds!

(2) P. Sanjeevi Rajan of Port Klang, Malaysia, married his wife at his mother's funeral to fulfill her dream of seeing him married!

(3) "Peanut Butter" Under laboratory conditions, carbon-rich materials like peanut butter can be turned into diamonds in a matter of days - not millions of years that it would take in nature!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c99(8/27/2000)

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A basketball used by Wilt Chamberlain to score 100 points in a single game sold at auction in New York City for $511,844!

In Finland there is an annual "World Sauna Championship" in which competitors are judged on how long they can stay inside a steam bath at boiling temperatures!

Rod Duran of Bond Head, Ont., Canada, builds prefabricated houses that are made from super-strong cardboard.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why was the basketball sold at auction for $511,844?

(2) What kind of world championship is held every year in Finland?

(3) What kind of houses does Rod build?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #331(7/28/2003)

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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) Tom Olding of Fort Recovery, Ohio, has driven his 1995 Dodge Ram pickup track more than 1 million miles!

(2) Priests in Calugareni, Romania, will perform car blessings on demand for drivers who believe it will help them drive more safely!

(3) Ramon Stoppelenburg of the Netherlands has been traveling around the world for the past two years, relying entirely on the kindness of strangers for travel costs, food and shelter!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #330(9/10/2007)

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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) Much of Canada has slightly lower gravity than the rest of the world!

(2) "Smooch!" On June 9, 2007 over 6,400 people gathered in Budapest, Hungary, to kiss simultaneously!

(3) The giant Amazon leech reaches lengths of 18 inches and feeds with a 6-inch-long retractable snout!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #329(9/8/2007)

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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) Inuit hunters caught a 50-ton bowhead whale off the coast of Alaska in June 2007 and discovered spear fragments in its blubber that date back 110 years!

(2) Our Galaxy has 200 -- 400 billion stars -- but a human body has roughly 100 trillion cells!

(3) "The real Big Bird?" A dinosaur recently discovered to have lived in Inner Mongolia, China, named Gigantoraptor erlianensis, stood up to 16 feet tall, had a toothless beak and may have been covered in feathers!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c98(2/20/2000)

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To celebrate the 72nd birthday of Thailand's king Bhumibol Adulyadej, a record 572 parachutists took part in a massive free-fall over Bangkok!

Don Hunt of Brantford, Ont., Canada, took 54 steps on stilts that were 5 stories high! "Stomp, Stomp."

Phoebe Snetsinger of Webster Groves, Mo., single-handedly spotted 8,040 of the world's 9,700 known bird species!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many parachutists took part in a massive free-fall over Bangkok?

(2) How many steps did Don take on the 5-story-high stilts?

(3) How many bird species did Phoebe single-handedly spot?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #328(1/29/2004)

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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) "1907" A buscuit from Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907 expedition to the South Pole was sold at an auction to Johnny Van Haeften of London, England, for $7,798!

(2) Katri Manni of Finland won a new car by sitting inside of it for 52 days and 15 hours nonstop!

(3) Michael Shafer, a graduate student at Michigan State University discovered the largest known prime number that is 6,320,430 digits long and would take 1,500 pages to write out!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #327(9/6/2007)

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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) China's most common surnames and the number of people with each! Wang: 93 million! Li: 92 million! Zhang: 88 million!

(2) Ordered to be put down for biting a child, Ozzy, a German shepherd from Somerdale, N.J., was given a reprieve and sentenced to serve out his life as a guard dog for a local prison!

(3) The people of Yaohnanen Village, Vanuatu worship Prince Philip of the United Kingdom as an incarnation of a god!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #326(9/5/2007)

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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) With its sticky feet, a gecko can hang onto a wall with nearly 300 pounds of weight pulling on it!

(2) Concerned parents in Anhui, China, convinced Huangshan Airport officials to shut down their runways while students took their college entrance exams at a nearby school!

(3) Humans have used prosthetics to replace body parts for nearly 5,000 years!

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