Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c93(12/29/2002)

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Jim Cone of Wilmington, N.C., was fishing when a Spanish mackerel leapt out of the water, smashed through the windshield of his boat and landed in his wife's lap!

A publisher in Frankfurt, Germany, printed a series of novels and poems on rolls of toilet paper!

A bowl of spaghetti made in San Francisco, Calif., contained 2,700 lbs. of noodles and tomato sauce!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where did the Spanish mackerel land after leaping out of the water?

(2) Where did the publisher print a series of novels and poems?

(3) How much did the noodles and tomato sauce weigh?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c89(8/25/2002)

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Lester Kwok and Juliana Khoo were married underwater at a Singapore Aquarium in a shark-filled tank!

Two women, both named Bojana Milanovic, were involved in a minor car accident in Waynesboro, Pa.!

The artist baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927) wore a bustle with a taillight attached and a bird cage with live canaries around her neck!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Where did Lester and Juliana get married?

(2) Besides being involved in a minor car accident, what did the two women have in common?

(3) What kind of clothes did the baroness wear?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c53(6/9/2002)

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Jim Briden of Sabin, Minnesota, has a 20-ton antique steam tractor in his living room!

Believe It or Not! The USS Nautilus Submarine traveled 60,000 miles fueled by a lump of uranium the size of a gold ball!

Edmar Freitas of Parana, Brazil, performed 111,000 sit-ups in 24 hours!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Jim Briden have in his living room?

(2) How many miles did the submarine travel fueled by a lump of uranium the size of a golf ball?

(3) How many sit-ups did Edmar perform in 24 hours?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c52(5/12/2002)

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"The Batcane" Scientists in Britain have created a cane for the blind that uses high-pitched sounds to sense the location of objects! It was inspired by the navigation system used by bats!

"Buddy," a cat in Toronto, Ont., Canada, saved its owner from a house fire by jumping on the man's chest and meowing loudly!

In Lake Geneva, Wisc., more than 300 children used 1,300ft. of dental floss to floss their teeth at the same time!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of cane have the scientists created?

(2) How did the cat save its owner from a house fire?

(3) How many children flossed to floss their teeth at the same time?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c33(10/6/2002)

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At the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., there are displays of one-shot lipstick guns, poison umbrellas and fake lumps of coal filled with explosives!

Nick Nikolaidis of Montreal, Canada, sank over 16,000 billiard balls in 24 hours!

Al Gliniecki of Pensacola, Fla., tied 679 cherry stems into knots using only his tongue!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of displays are there in the International Spy Museum?

(2) How many billiard balls did Nick sink in 24 hours?

(3) How did Al tie the cherry stems into knots?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c32(1/20/2002)

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Jack Hall of Great Britain used 14,000 matchsticks to create a violin and bow that can actually be played!

A team of people in Maastricht, the Netherlands, spent 2 months setting up 3,540,562 dominoes which were then toppled in 1 1/2 hours!

Scientists have discovered a species of rock wallaby that has purple fur around its face and neck!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of musical instrument did Jack create?

(2) How long did it take the people to set up 3,540,562 dominoes?

(3) What have the scientists discovered?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c28(12/15/2002)

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Dr. John Smart of the University of Portsmouth, England, designed a bacteria-fighting toothpaste from crab shells!

"Pizza Supplies" Pizza dough spread out over 25 miles of highway near Chippewa Falls, Wis., after hot temperatures caused the yeast in the dough to rise and pop out the back of the delivery truck!

"When do we clap?" A concert at the Liverpool Cathedral in England Featured 50 minutes of soundless music using an infrasound generator that emitted sounds too low in frequency for the human ear to hear!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What is the bacteria-fighting toothpaste designed from?

(2) What kind of music did the concert feature?

(3) Why did the pizza dough spread out over 25 miles of highway?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c27(6/30/2002)

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Al Skinner of Wrightsville, Pa., rides a motorcycle with a custom sidecar for transporting caskets of biker enthusiasts who don't want their body carried in a conventional hearse!

Jennifer Mertel and Chris Gallant of Halifax, N.S., Canada, were married in the produce aisle of a local supermarket!

American Norman Frank, age 72, has run in over 800 marathons!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Who doesn't want their body carried in a conventional hearse?

(2) Where did Jennifer and Chris get married?

(3) How many marathons has the 72-year-old man run in?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c25(2/24/2002)

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Colin Wood of Essex, England, rented a decommissioned nuclear bunker with 10-ft.-thick concrete walls for 2 weeks in order to avoid the stress of Christmas!

In Reno, Nev., there was a "Fruitcake Survival Test" in which people tried to destroy fruitcakes by driving over them, dropping them from buildings and kicking them like footballs!

Paolo Rais of Switzerland invented an 18-seat rectangular table with electric motor driven chairs that move at a rate of 3.5 inches per minute so diners can socialize without getting up!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Colin do in order to avoid the stress of Christmas?

(2) What did the people do in the "Fruitcake Survival Test?"

(3) What kind of table did Paolo invent?

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