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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #352(2/7/2000)

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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 four-faced clock displayed outside of a San Francisco, Calif., jewelry store stopped working when the store owner Rocco Matteuci died!

(2) The old English word for spider is "cob"!

(3) The world's only thoroughbred lobster races are held annually in Aike, South Carolina!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #351(10/22/2007)

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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) Cheng Yanhua of China paddled an inner tube for 44 days during summer 2007 traveling down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Shanghai --- 1,860 miles!

(2) Dan Capps, an insect collector from Madison, Wis., has tens of thousands of insects in his collection and can spit a cricket over 32 feet!

(3) "Wad A Find!" Scottish archaeology student Sarah Pickin discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum at a dig in Western Finland!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #350(10/18/2007)

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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) "Help!" In August 2007 --- festival-goers in Digoin, France, ate 100,000 snails!

(2) Jack Kirby, a university student in England, made a full-size model of a 1965 Ford Mustang --- from 5,000 beer cans!

(3) Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) was not only an Olympic gold medalist, he also played baseball, basketball and football --- all professionally!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c105(6/18/2000)

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"Pssst... It's the pooch next door!" To honor National Pet Dental Health Month, a company in Kansas set up a 24-hour, 1-800 hotline for people to call and anonymously report the names and addresses of dogs who had bad breath!

David Pollack of Potomac, MD., invented golfing bifocals with a bifocal section that allows the wearer to see things close up at the corner of the lens instead of the bottom!

Roger Fox of New Carlisle, Ohio, drives a specially built car that has a body made from a wooden casket!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of hotline did the company in Kansas set up?

(2) What kind of bifocals did David invent?

(3) What is the body of Roger's car made from?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #349(1/24/2001)

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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) British Egyptologist Kate Spence has discovered that the ancient Egyptians aligned the bases of the pyramids at Giza to true north by using the stars!

(2) Jeanne-Marie Kerlizen finally began receiving electricity at her house in the village of Plougonven, France, 40 years after her home was accidentally left off the grid by power workers! Believe it or not! She raised three children with only cold water and candlelight!

(3) Rajendra Kumar Tiwari of Uttar Pradesh, India, performs a dance while balancing 4 lit candles in his mustache!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #348(10/17/2007)

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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) "Chickens... run!" On August 12, 2007, a reckless teenage driver in Germany crashed a van into a chicken shed --- frightening 300 birds to death!

(2) "Speedy?" An alligator can sprint at speeds of up to 30 mph!

(3) A cake can be cut into eight equal pieces with just three cuts of the knife.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #347(10/15/2007)

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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) Scientists have revived bacteria that had been frozen in Antarctic ice for 8 million years!

(2) Tom Sietas of Germany held his breath underwater for 15 minutes, 2 seconds on August 9, 2007!

(3) "Look out!" On August 6, 2007, 53-year-old Danny Anderson of Benton County, Wash., was bitten on the hand by the head of a decapitated rattlesnake!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c104(10/14/2007)

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GPS satellites are built to account for Einstein's theory of relativity --- otherwise they would accumulate miles of error every day!

A mountain range encircling Saturn's moon Iapetus extends up to 8 miles high!

Arpad Nick of Budapest, Hungary, dragged a 70-ton tram over 160 feet using only his teeth!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What would happen to GPS satelites without Einstein's theory of relativity?

(2) How high is the mountain range encircling Saturn's moon Iapetus?

(3) What did Arpad Nick do with his teeth?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #346(3/10/2000)

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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) "The Castaway Project" Believe it or not! 36 people were chosen to be among those stranded on a remote Scottish island for an entire year with electricity supplied by wind turbines, livestock and gardens for food, and water from a nearby loch!

(2) British scientist William Thomson Kelvin entered the University of Glosgow, Scotland, when he was 10 years old and matriculated one month later!

(3) Researcher Catherine Maloney of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., published a study she conducted called "feline reactions to bearded men," in which cats were shown photographs of men with beards!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #345(10/11/2007)

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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) Michael Garton was paralyzed in a fall down Norway's Troll Wall, the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, but survived because a tourist spotted him through a telescope from several miles away and reported the fall to authorities!

(2) William Topaz McGonagall (1825-1902) of Scotland, was often considered the world's worst poet, even by his own publisher, yet his writings are still in print a century after his death!

(3) "You are soooooooo good-looking!" Tom Greaves built a "Compliment Machine" which he placed on a street corner in Washington, D.C. It dispensed words of encouragement to passersby!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #344(10/8/2007)

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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) "Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes a Portrait of Abraham Lincoln" painted by Salvador Dali in 1976 is both a painting of his wife and a pixellated portrait of American president Abraham Lincoln!

(2) The long-winged great cockroach of Central and South America has a wingspan of over 7 inches!

(3) Using footage she obtained of herself that had been filmed by closed circuit TV security systems in Britain --- Manu Luksch created a movie called "Faceless"!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c103(10/31/2004)

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The jack o'lantern was first named after a man in Irish folk legend called Jack who was forced to wander in limbo with a hollowed-out turnip containing a lit ember.

Being able to roll one's tongue is an inherited trait. Believe it or not! Only seven out of ten people can do it!

Bela Lugosi portrayed the vampire Dracula in the 1931 film. Believe it or not! When Lugosi died in 1956, he was buried in his full Dracula costume!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How was the jack o'lantern first named?

(2) How many people out of ten can roll his or her tongue?

(3) What kind of costume was Bela wearing when buried?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #343(12/30/2004)

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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) A pod of dolphins rescued 4 swimmers off the New Zealand coast by encircling them for 40 minutes while a great white shark swam nearby!

(2) London, England's Animals In War Memorial honors the animal participants in modern wars, including everything from elephants to glow worms!

(3) Juan Rodriguez of New York filed for bankruptcy and then later the same day bought a lottery ticket and ended up winning $149 million!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #342(10/4/2007)

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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) On July 15, 2007, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team became the first professional sports team to lose 10,000 games!

(2) Stuart and Phan Chapman are the only married couple to ever serve as bodyguards for the Queen of England at her Buckingham Palace home!

(3) The State of Texas covers 262,000 sq. miles of land yet has only one natural lake!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #341(9/27/2007)

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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) "Summer-Grass Winter-Worm" The villages of Sumdo and Danba in China engaged in a battle over wild fungus on July 13, 2007, resulting in dozens of injuries and eight deaths!

(2) The New Orleans office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on Leake Avenue!

(3) Wearing only a diving cap, goggles and swim trunks, Lewis Pugh of London, England, swam 1 km through the freezing (28°F) Arctic Ocean at the North Pole!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c102(10/7/2007)

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"Again!?" The town of Salzburg, Austria, has a cable channel that plays the movie, "The Sound of Music," 24 hours a day, every day of the year!

Iqbal Ahmed of Nagpur, India created a functioning steam engine the size of a fingernail!

Austrian and Prussian soldiers stole so many crops from farmers during the war of Bavarian Succession (1778-1779) that it became known as the "Potato War"!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which town has a cable channel that plays only the movie "The Sound of Music"?

(2) What kind of engine was created in India?

(3) Why did the war of Bavarian Succession became known as the "Potato War"?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #340(12/28/2000)

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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) Children's author Hans Christian Andersen was so afraid of being buried alive that he always kept a note by his bedside that read: "I only appear to be dead"! "Scribble Scribble"

(2) In Steenwijk, the Netherlands, residents play an annual game of pig tag that consists of two blindfolded people who run through a muddy pig sty trying to catch a pig!

(3) Pizza deliveries were first made in Italy during the 19th century by boys balancing tin stoves on their heads to keep the pies warm!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #339(9/24/2007)

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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) Gliese 581c, which lies over 120 trillion miles from our solar system, has temperatures similar to earth and is only slightly larger than our planet!

(2) In March 2007, Taiwanese authorities closed roadways and shielded highways with nets to protect the annually migrating milkweed butterflies from being hit by automobiles!

(3) "Shoes of the fisherman" During Pope Benedict XVI's April 2007 visit to Vigevano, Italy, a local footwear company gave him 15,000 pairs of shoes which he donated to assorted charities!

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