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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #364(3/8/2000)

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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 company in Japan has made the world's first wrist camera --- a digital camera that can shoot and store up to 100 images!

(2) Nick Panteluk of Toronto, Ont., Canada, who has been blind since birth, has worked as a mechanic fixing small engines for the past 20 years!

(3) In July 1999, a 9.9-ft.-high snowman was built in the desert outside Dubai --- where the temperatures average 40゚C --- using one ton of artificial snow!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #363(11/22/2007)

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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) "Go For The Gold!" In July 2007, the Ginza Tanaka jewelry store in Tokyo unveiled a gold swimsuit and a dress both woven from 24-carat gold, worth about $87,000 and $262,000 respectively!

(2) The 2007 U.S.A. Rock Paper Scissors Tournament in Las Vegas had a grand prize of $50,000!

(3) The Pantanal wetlands of South America cover about 60,000 square miles --- about twice the size of Ireland!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #362(11/19/2007)

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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) "Flush Flush" "Something must be wrong up there!" A 74-year-old woman in Nienburg, Germany, fell in her bathroom and couldn't get up but kept flushing her toilet until she awoke a neighbor below!

(2) "Go Spartans" The boys football team at De La Salle High School, in Concord, Calif., had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2004 --- 12 seasons!

(3) Window cleaners Jiang Dezhang and Tie Guangju were married while dangling from the side of a building in Kunming, China!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c109(2/6/2000)

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The bitterling fish lays its eggs inside the shell of a mussel - when the eggs hatch into baby fish. They swim out of their "foster" home carrying the offspring of the mussel of their backs!

Sami Sure, a construction worker in Beirut, Lebanort, was so broke he couldn't pay his barber 65 cents for a shave - instead he gave him half of a lottery ticket that turned out to win him $133,000!

The average person living in the U.S. spends 5 years of his life waiting in line!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where does the bitterling fish lay its eggs?

(2) What did Sami do instead of paying his barber 65 cents for a shave?

(3) How much time does the average person living in the U.S. spend waiting in line?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #361(2/5/2002)

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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) In the Lomellina Valley in Italy there is an annual mosquito-killing championship!

(2) John Poletti of Sydney, Australia, went to a hospital after a minor car crash where an X-ray revealed that 2 coins were lodged near his appendix!

(3) Peter Mckinlay of Falkirk, Scotland, crawled nonstop a distance of 31.4 miles!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #360(11/15/2007)

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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) "Lucky" The Clean Hedgehog --- In September 2007, a hedgehog wandered into a pile of dirty clothes in a house in West Susses, England, and survived a 104 degree trip through the washing machine before someone discovered it!

(2) The ground beneath Galena, Kansas, is slowly collapsing into the network of underground mines left behind from widespread 19th-century mining operations.

(3) The town of Colma, California, has less than 2,000 residents, but over 1.5 million bodies in its cemeteries! Their motto --- "It's great to be alive in Colma!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #359(11/12/2007)

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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) Byron (Minn.) High School has a 10 1/2-foot-tall, 2-ton bear statue on display --- made from over 2,000 used lawnmower blades!

(2) "Pile up!" Cyprian honey bees kill wasps and hornets by surrounding and suffocating them!

(3) The sunflower starfish hunts other starfish across the sea floor, extending its stomach out through its mouth to digest any prey that it can latch onto!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c108(11/4/2007)

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"Teeny Ted from Turnip Town," a book produced by the nanotechnology lab at Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada), is so small that 20 copies can fit on the head of a pin!

Using its long snout like a metal detector, the pacific spookfish finds its prey hiding on the sea floor by sending its electrical field!

Mirror Image, a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Dennis Clay of Houston, Texas.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How small is the book produced by the nanotechnology lab?

(2) How does the pacific spookfish find its prey hiding on the sea floor?

(3) What kind of car does Dennis own?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #358(9/14/2000)

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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) California artist Tim Hawkinson frequently models his sculptures after his own body, including a 2-inch-tall piece called "Bird" that was made entirely from his own fingernails!

(2) The planet Jupiter is a glowing ball of hot gas, yet it weighs 318 times more than earth!

(3) The tiny town of Wagontire, Ore., consists of a cafe, a six-room hotel, two gas pumps, an RV park and a landing strip, and it all belongs to one woman, Ellie Downing!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #357(11/8/2007)

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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) Marek Turowski's speed was clocked at 92 miles per hour while driving a motor-powered sofa on a Lutterworth, England, street!

(2) Moray eels have second sets of toothed mouths in their throats to pull prey deeper into their jaws!

(3) While examining two mountain plateaus in eastern Suriname in 2005, researchers discovered 24 new species of animals --- half of which were dung beetles!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #356(11/5/2007)

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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) 6,980 couples kissed at the same time in the town square of Tuzla, Bosnia, on Sept. 1, 2007!

(2) During summer 2007, Rod Maday rode over 1,000 miles on his mule from Boy River, Minn., to Gillette, Wyo., looking for a new job!

(3) In 1989, members of South Africa's Apartheid government poisoned and nearly killed Rev. Frank Chikane, an opposition protestor, by lacing his underwear with a nerve agent!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c107(10/28/2007)

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David George, an Australian cattle farmer, was chased up a tree by crocodiles and stranded there for 7 days!

When Hamdija Djuric of Serbia was convicted on July 21, 2007, for stabbing a man, the judge ruled that his prize bull could join him in prison for the duration of his sentence!

Werner Kiwitt of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, rents out ducks to gardeners as a natural way to remove slugs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did David stay up a tree for 7 days?

(2) What kind of sentence did the judge deliver on David?

(3) What do the ducks do for gardeners?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #355(1/10/2002)

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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) A cocktail created in Queensland, Australia, held 5,711 gallons of alcohol!

(2) Angel Santiago owns a company that manufactures and sells roller skates for parrots!

(3) Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim creates music using noises he recorded in a sewage treatment plant in Oslo!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #354(10/29/2007)

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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 June 29, 2007, Brad Turney of Alexandria, La., played all nine positions in a single game for the minor league baseball team, the Alexandria Aces!

(2) "Super Huimin!" It took 8-year-old Zhang Huimin 7 weeks to run from Hainan to Beijing, China --- a total of 2,200 miles!

(3) Thailand has had 18 constitutions since its founding as a modern state in 1932!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #353(10/25/2007)

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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) Copidosoma floridanum, a North American wasp, lays its eggs within the bodies of caterpillars!

(2) Rachel Worthington of Preston, England, sustained only minor injuries when she was speared through the face with a 6-foot-long metal pole on August 8, 2007!

(3) The world's oldest person, 114-year-old Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Ind., lives in the same nursing home as Sandy Allen, the tallest woman on record at 7 ft., 7 inches!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c106(10/21/2007)

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At the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in New York, artist Roger Baker mowed an 850,000-square-foot image of a Purple Heart medal, which is given to U.S. servicemen that are killed or wounded in action.

"You go!" In August 2007, Richard Rodriguez rode a roller coaster in Blackpool, England, for 16 days, 17 hours!

On August 2, 2007, Russian explorers planted their country's flag 14,000 feet below the north pole on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of work did the artist make at the memorial park?

(2) How long did Richard ride a roller coaster?

(3) Where did the explorers plant their country's flag?

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