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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #390(12/31/2007)

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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) Leopard slugs mate in mid-air --- dangling from a rope of mucus!

(2) U.S. politician Harry Truman was a senator, vice president and president all in the same year 1945!

(3) "Sheffield F.C. 1857" "The World's Oldest Football Club" The Sheffield (England) Football Club is the oldest soccer team in the world --- dating back over 150 years!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #389(12/29/2007)

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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) "The Sikhs of the Punjab" All have the same name --- "Singh," which means "lion."

(2) One of a mosquito's feet can support 23 times the insect's weight --- while standing on water!

(3) On April 13, 2029, the asteroid 99942 Apophis will pass within 22,500 miles of the earth --- with a one in 45,000 chance of hitting us!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c118(8/20/2000)

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Asanokiri, a sumo wrestler in Japan, lost a match after his loincloth fell off --- the first time in 83 years of wrestling that this obscure rule had been enforced!

At Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., doctors with poor handwriting must attend evening classes to write prescriptions more clearly!

"Chomp!" Young Kim of Seoul, S. Korea, has invented drinking straws that are edible!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did Asanokiri lose the match?

(2) Who must attend evening classes at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center?

(3) What kind of drinking straws has Young invented?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #388(12/25/2002)

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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) "Santa Claus" is a town in both Arizona and Indiana!

(2) In the Ukrainian culture, a spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck!

(3) Queen Elizabeth II of England has sent out over 37,000 Christmas cards and given out 75,000 Christmas puddings to her staff! "Thank you, Your Majesty!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #387(12/27/2007)

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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) The planet Venus has days longer than its years!

(2) The United States of America, a country of 300 million people, has no official language!

(3) Wendy, a dog from Central Saanich, Canada, has a mutated set of muscular growth genes, making her "double-muscled" and twice the weight of an average whippet dog!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #386(12/25/2007)

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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) Canada's postal code HOH OHO directs mail to Santa Claus!

(2) During the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I, soldiers on both sides of the western front spontaneously stopped fighting, and against their commanders' orders --- crossed no man's land to exchange gifts and play soccer!

(3) "Whack!" In Manitou Springs, Colo., there is an annual after-Christmas "Great Fruitcake Toss," in which residents get rid of their unwanted holiday fruitcakes using golf clubs and catapults!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c117(11/25/2007)

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Robert Hughes of Fort Worth, Texas, retired in 2005 with 1,333 wins --- more than any other high school basketball coach in the country!

In May 2006, a thief stole an entire front yard from a house in Adelanto, Calif., taking the grass, plants and even the sprinkler system!

The Zephyr, a prototype solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, has a 60-foot wingspan but weighs just 66 pounds and can stay aloft for 54 hours straight!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many games did Robert win as a high school basketball coach?

(2) What did the thief steal from a house in Adelanto?

(3) For how many hours straight can the Zephyr stay aloft?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #385(2/9/2002)

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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) Eric Kaye of Scarborough, England, married his American pen pal Loretta Lorgan 50 years after they first exchanged letters!

(2) A travel agency in Jerusalem, Israel, bases its ticket prices on the customer's weight! "I can't look!" "TRAVEL"

(3) Megan Boyd of Golspie, Scotland, tied flies that were collected by fishermen around the globe --- yet she never caught a fish or went fishing during her entire life!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #384(12/24/2007)

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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) 65 million years ago --- a meteor or comet the size of a city crashed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula! "Gulf of Mexico"

(2) "Beep! Beep!" Beeper ball --- a modified version of baseball played by the blind in North America, is played in front of a crowd that remains silent so the players can hear the sound-generating balls and bases!

(3) Guinea-Bissau, a West African country of 1.5 million people, has no civilian prisons!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #383(12/20/2007)

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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) In July 2007, a shift in ocean currents began dumping 300 tons of floating garbage every day on the Juhu beach area near Mumbai, India!

(2) "Thar she blows!" A buildup of gasses caused a dead sperm whale to explode onto the streets of Tainan, Taiwan, in January 2004, as it was being delivered to a research center!

(3) "Lucky Loo!" In the summer of 2007, an anonymous man left over 400 envelopes, each containing a letter and a \10,000 bill ($92), in bathrooms of public buildings all across Japan!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c116(4/27/2003)

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Ice skater Lucinda Ruh of New York can spin 270 revolutions per minute --- that's 5 full turns a second!

Amnat Puttigo of Pattaya, Thailand, won a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Valentine's day contest by holding his wife in his arms for 10 hours 49 minutes and 15 seconds!

In Northern Italy, Karina Trangeled organizes dance parties for people who like to dance with their dogs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many revolutions can Lucinda spin per second?

(2) What kind of contest did Amnat win?

(3) What kind of dance parties Karina organize?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #382(2/7/2002)

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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) Goodyear Canada Inc. offered Canadians with the last name "Dunlop" to split up to $25,000 if they legally changed their names to "Dunlop-tire"!

(2) In the 1770's the British government passed a law banning lipstick! "I feel naked!"

(3) Lady Morton of London, England, drove for 74 years without a single accident then had her first crash at the age of 100! "Drat!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #381(12/19/2007)

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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) "Hi, cuz!" Termites are cousins of cockroaches!

(2) In October 2007, doctors in Queensland, Australia, saved a man from poisoning by drip feeding him vodka for 3 days!

(3) Jason Lewis of Great Britain spent 13 years, 2 months, 23 days and 11 hours circling the world under his own power --- traveling on foot, rollerblade, bicycle, pedal boat and kayak!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #380(12/17/2007)

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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) There are 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 possible variations on a standard Sudoku puzzle grid!

(2) The first two trademarks issued in 1876, under Britain's new protection system, were for beer products!

(3) The Philippine military held an informal ceasefire with rebels on Oct. 7, 2007, so soldiers from both sides could watch a match featuring Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c115(10/8/2000)

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Lena Scott created a bear wading through a riverbed out of chocolate! The work is 5 ft. wide, 5 ft. high and 8 ft. long!

Don Macintyre of East Greenbush, N.Y., found his high school ring behind a school locker 53 years after he lost it!

The king of escapists! Anthony Martin fell from a plane at 140 mph while wearing handcuffs! he only had 30 seconds to pick the lock and open his parachute!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Lena create out of chocolate?

(2) How many years did it take Don to recover his high school ring?

(3) What did Anthony have to do before opening his parachute?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #379(7/12/2001)

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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) Due to global warming, the snow and ice of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro is melting so fast it could all be gone in 20 years!

(2) Lea Tucker of Glen Falls, N.Y., takes a bus for 45 minutes traveling 4 miles just to get to the other side of the street!

(3) Oysters react to stress! French researcher Arnaud Lacoste has determined that when oysters becomes stressed they release a hormone that inhibits their immune system! "Sigh!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #378(12/15/2007)

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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) A divorce fair in Vienna featured lawyers, mediators, private detectives, real estate agents, therapists and even DNA labs presenting their services!

(2) "Dig it!" For 40 years, Baldassare Forestiere used only hand tools to excavate 10 acres of underground tunnels, gardens and living space beneath his farmland in Fresno, California!

(3) Which weighs more, all of the earth's humans or all of its ants? Added together, the million billion ants of the world outweigh humans!

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