Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c119(10/15/2000)

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Sherpa guide Babu Chhiri climbed to the summit of Mount Everest in 15 hours, 56 minutes, setting a new world record!

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed a method of converting millions of pounds of chicken feathers into fiber for paper diapers, clothing and insulation!

Rock star Tommy Lee composed most of the songs to his latest album by recording lyrics and melodies on his home answering machine --- which he called while in prison!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long did it take Babu to climb to the summit of Mount Everest?

(2) What kind of method have the scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed?

(3) Where did Tommy compose most of the songs to his latest album?

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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! #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! #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! #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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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! #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! #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! #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! #c95(1/16/2000)

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On Northlea Sheep Dairy Farm near Indian River, Ont., Canada, donkeys are used to herd sheep and as bodyguards to keep away coyotes and other predators!

Jim Moran of Los Angeles, Calif., once found a needle in a haystack, changed horses in midstream in the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, and walked a bull through a china shop in New York City!

A woman raking leaves in her backyard in Truno, Nova Scotia, Canada, discovered a live grenade on her lawn!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What do the donkeys in the farm do?

(2) What did Jim do in New York City?

(3) What did the woman discover on her lawn in her backyard?

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