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! #c90(1/12/2003)

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Scientists in Kent, England, have grown apples for Halloween that have spooky images of witches and pumpkins on the skin!

Mae Mefford, who owns the Missouri Tavern in Madison, Wisc. tosses out any customer who utter a swear word!

Dr. Robert Hoffman of Mine has developed a method of making human hair grow green, blue, yellow or red using genes taken from tropical fish!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of apples have the scientists in Kent grown for Halloween?

(2) What kind of customers cannot stay in the tavern?

(3) What kind of things are used in order to make human hair grow green, blue, yellow or red?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c60(3/9/2003)

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1,200 Santas gathered at a theme park in Rust, Germany! Believe It or Not! That's a world-record number of Santas!

Phone books in Wenatchee, Washi., are scented with an apple fragrance in honor of a local apple festival!

"Brain Freeze" Maya Kaczorowski of Hamilton, Ont., Canada, wrote a research paper on headaches caused by eating ice cream that was published in the British Medical Journal and she's only 13 years old!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many Santas gathered at the theme park?

(2) Why are phone books in Wenatchee scented with an apple fragrance?

(3) How old was she when Maya wrote the research paper?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c55(11/30/2003)

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In Great Britain, there is a national slacker day in which workers and managers are urged to take a day off and relax! "Must relax... Must relax..."

Jose Castelar of Havana, Cuba, rolled a cigar that measured 45 feet in length!

An 8-foot-long Komodo dragon in a Singapore Zoo was given Chinese acupuncture treatment for a nerve disorder! "Aaaahhhh"

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which country has the national slacker day?

(2) How long was the cigar which Jose rolled?

(3) What kind of treatment was given to the Komodo dragon with a nerve disorder?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c54(6/15/2003)

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Sri Chinmov, age 71, of New York City, has performed many feats of strength, including lifting a small airplane (31,000 LBS.), a yacht (4,068 LBS.), a 1928 Super Hudson Vintage car with driver (4,923 LBS.) and Ferris Wheel with 6 passengers on board (5,123 LBS.)!

Professor William Dement of Stanford University in California, an expert in sleep disorders, awarded extra points to students who napped during his lectures!

"Dull" is the name of a town in Ohio and "Boring" is in Oregon!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of feats of strength did Sri perform?

(2) To what kind of students did the professor award extra points?

(3) In which state can you find a town named "Dull"?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c34(7/13/2003)

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Marathon runner Frank Shorter, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1972, once ran the New York City marathon on a broken ankle!

In the Middle Ages, barbers not only cut hair, they performed surgery and bloodletting, and extracted teeth!

The mausoleum of the late Raymond Tse Jr. in the Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery in New Jersey has a full-size stone Mercedes parked in the back of it!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Who ran the New York City marathon on a broken ankle?

(2) What did barbers do in the Middle Ages?

(3) What does the mausoleum of late Raymond Tse Jr. have in the back?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c30(8/31/2003)

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A person weighs half a pound less in Quito, Ecuador, than Spitsbergen, in Norway.

Finn Hjort Christensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, has invented a frozen jelly dessert on a stick that won't drip on a child's clothes when eaten!

Tom Wilson of Los Angeles, Calif., is the first person to "sleep across America"! He toured the country in a chauffeured Winnebago that traveled only while he was fast asleep!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How much lighter is a person in Quito than in Spitsbergen?

(2) What kind of dessert has been invented in Denmark?

(3) How did Tom tour the U.S.A.?

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