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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #377(12/13/2007)

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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) In Spanish-ruled Louisiana (1762-1802), a gathering of eight or more non-Catholics was illegal!

(2) There were so many candidates in Bulgaria's 2007 local elections that the ballots were 6 1/2 feet long!

(3) "Chinese Vampire" Li Man-Yiu of Hong Kong was arrested for stealing and drinking two vials of blood from a hospital laboratory in Sept. 2007!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c114(11/18/2007)

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"Octo-glow!" The suckers on the tentacles of the glowing sucker octopus act as luminescent bulbs!

"Any takers?" Google and the X PRIZE Foundation are offering up to $25 million to any private organization that can land a robotic rover on the moon by 2012!

Professor Stephen Harding of the University of Nottingham found a 1,000-year-old viking ship under the parking lot of a pub in Meols, Merseyside, England.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What parts of the body of the glowing sucker octopus act as luminescent bulbs?

(2) Who are offering to any private organization that can land a robotic rover on the moon by 2012?

(3) What did Stephen find under the parking lot of a pub in Meols?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #376(6/29/2001)

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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) Researcher Alexei Sorokin of France has successfully cracked the genetic code for cheese!

(2) "It looks clear... let's do a quick rumba!" In Pound, Va., it's against the law for people to dance in public --- with a maximum fine of $500.

(3) Sallie Bracy of California received a love letter from her husband James 45 years after he wrote it to her! The letter had been lost between two walls in the mail room of an army base since 1955!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #375(12/12/2007

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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) Gisela Leibold of Munich, Germany, is blind to all movement and only sees things as a series of still frames!

(2) The queen of an ant colony can live up to 30 years!

(3) "What moves faster uphill than downhill?" A forest fire travels faster uphill than downhill! Due to the updraft created by the flames.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #374(12/10/2007)

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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) A single sunfish carries up to 300 million eggs at one time!

(2) "Whew!" 13-year-old Akash Gupta of Agra, India, played guitar for 45 continuous hours in May 2007!

(3) "Oww!" On Sept. 13, 2007, 14-year-old Brandon Chapman was rescued by a nearby firefighter when he ran ashore on a Florida beach which a 4-foot nurse shark biting onto his abdomen!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c113(6/25/2000)

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Siri Grandhe of Bakersfield, Calif., age 10, can spell any word forward or backward after seeing it just once and can repeat a list of 36 numbers in either direction!

A woman in Gristhorpe, North Yorkshire, England, discovered pages of gibberish on her voice-activated computer that was revealed to be the work of her talking parrot!

One kilogram of prime FUGU --- a type of blowfish that contains a potentially toxic poison --- sells in Japan for $660!

Evan Auchard and Emily Brower were married outdoors at 8,200 feet on top of a ski run at Squaw Valley, Calif., with all the guests arriving by cable car!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many times does she need to see a word in order to spell it backward?

(2) Who was responsible for the gibberish on a woman's voice-activated computer?

(3) What kind of fish is FUGU?

(4) Where were Evan and Emily married?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #373(3/10/2004)

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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 German brewery has developed a beer that contains minerals and vitamins to help slow down the aging process!

(2) Chuck Richison of Corpus Christ, Texas, received a home water bill for $7,714,501.21!

(3) Susie, a Staffordshire bull terrier in Yarnton, England, was left an estate of $47,500 by her former owner, Ruby Huphes!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #372(12/8/2007)

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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) An accidental soap bubble was the means by which Ibn Al Haitham of Basra, Iraq, discovered the science of optics! This bubble gave him the idea of the refraction reflection distortion and curvilinear rays.

(2) Crocodiles and alligators weep as they shred their prey!

(3) In a project designed to cut down on cattle smuggling, cows in the Indian border state of West Bengal are issued photo identity cards!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #371(12/6/2007)

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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) Alien hand syndrome, in which one of a person's hands acts without the person's awareness!

(2) During Naga Panchami, the Hindu snake festival, devotees in India give offerings of milk and rice to the deadly cobras that populate the country.

(3) "Mummy Dearest!" Sisters Josephine and Valmai Lamas of London have kept their mother in a mortician's freezer for 10 years --- regularly replacing her cosmetics!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c112(10/3/2004)

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Nasir Jabucar, a coppersmith from Bosnia-Herzegovina, built a brass coffee pot that stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and makes over 211 gallons of coffee!

The memory cards in most digital cameras are virtually indestructible. They can be trampled, dunked in soda or boiled and will still retain the digitally stored pictures!

Thomas Nilsen of Denmark caught a 419-pound halibut, the largest ever by rod. It took three men to get the 7 feet 9 inch fish in the boat!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of coffee pot did Nasir build?

(2) Can the memory cards in most digital cameras be easily damaged?

(3) How many men were needed to get the halibut in the boat?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #370(1/13/2001)

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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) Bill Black, a hairdresser in Austin, Texas, creates clothing out of human hair including a bikini that sells for $350!

(2) The first coin-operated vending machine was invented in ancient Greece in 215 B.C.! Hero of Alexandria invented a device which dispensed holy water in return for a Greek coin!

(3) The world's deadliest mushroom, called the "death cap," contains five poisons including one which is one hundred times stronger than cyanide!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #369(12/3/2007)

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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) "Hair-eye Dog!" Summitt, a dog living in Owensboro, KY., has had hairs growing from the connective tissue of her right eye since she was a puppy!

(2) Some brown dwarf stars have lower temperatures than a house fire!

(3) Some species of pacific sea sponges gather silica and build reefs from the glass-like substance!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #368(11/29/2007)

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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) In 1828, New York City instituted its first organized police force --- as a result of a riot on Christmas Day!

(2) Three countries have refused to adopt the International System of Units (the metric system): Liberia, Myanmar and the United States of America!

(3) When a dead whale sinks to the bottom of the sea, its body provides enough nutrients to feed bottom-dwelling worms, crabs and bacteria --- for decades!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c111(11/11/2007)

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"American Icon" Annie and Ken Burkitt of Niagara Falls, Ontario, used over 1,000,000 Swarovski Crystals to decorate a 2004 Mini Cooper with images of U.S. landmarks and symbols!

Swarms of wasps on the rock fortress at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, stung so many people in Sept. 2007 that the military was deployed to evacuate the injured!

"Tongue Twister!" Zhang Yongyang of Tongchuan, Shaanxi, China, dips his tongue in ink and uses it to write Chinese calligraphy!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Annie and Ken use in order to decorate a 2004 Mini Cooper?

(2) Why was the military deployed to the rock fortress at Sigiriya?

(3) What does Zhang use to write Chinese calligraphy?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #367(4/7/2004)

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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 tropical storm dumped 45 inches of rain in just 24 hours over Alvin, Texas! (1979)

(2) The fruit of the fig tree is not a fruit but an inverted flower! The seeds are the real fruit!

(3) Jeannie Miller attends Juniata College in Pennsylvania on a Buckley Scholarship awarded to students who are left-handed!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #366(11/28/2007)

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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) "Which is heavier --- aluminum or granite?" Aluminum weighs 169.5 lbs per cubit foot. Granite weighs 162.7 lbs per cubic foot. "Whew! This granite is light!"

(2) Nicholas Peake of Lowton, Greater Manchester, England, has coughed continually for nearly 14 years except when he sleeps or chews gum!

(3) In September 2007, six scuba divers spent 14 days living 50 feet underwater off the coast of Ponza, Italy!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #365(11/26/2007)

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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) Automatic teller machines operate on all 7 continents, including Antarctica at the U.S.-run McMurdo Station!

(2) There are more than 1,000 villages located under the lake created by China's 67-foot-high, 1.4-mile-long Three Gorges Dam!

(3) Vincent Estrada Jr. was arrested in Seneca, N.Y., on Sept. 12, 2007, for stealing a car --- which he was using to drive himself to a police station to turn himself in for another charge!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c110(12/31/2000)

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Five-month-old Ashley Thompson survived after being sucked out of her family's car by a tornado, tossed 100 ft. through the air and landing on some uprooted trees!

O.G. Graves, the great-great-grandson of Texas pioneer Col. James J. Ross, paid off a debt of $100 that his ancestor owned Sam Houston 160 years ago!

After exchanging wedding vows, newlyweds Lorenzo Iameo and Sandra Censorio of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, took their entire wedding party on a roller coaster ride!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How did Ashley Thompson survive after being tossed 100 ft. through the air by a tornado?

(2) What kind of debt did O.G. Graves pay off?

(3) Where did the newlyweds take their entire wedding party?

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