Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c61(7/17/2005)

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The paradise tree snake of Southeast Asia can flatten itself like a ribbon and glide in the air from tree to tree, changing direction by leaning left or right!

"Bendable Concrete" The Mihara Bridge in Hokkaido, Japan has a deck only 2 inches thick, yet is 500 times more resistant to cracking than traditional concrete!

Abraham Zapruder's 26-second film of John F. Kennedy's Assassination is the most expensive film in the world --- worth nearly $615,400 a second!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Is there any kind of snake which can glide in the air from tree to tree?

(2) How much more resistant to cracking is the deck than traditional concrete?

(3) What is the most expensive film in the world?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c51(12/11/2005)

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Pope Sylvester II, who served from 999-1003, was accused of sorcery --- because he excelled at math!

Eating poppy seed bagels will cause a person to register positive for opiates on a drug test!

As early as 3,000 years ago Chinese inventors built carriages with figurines that would always point south --- without a compass!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why was the pope accused of sorcery?

(2) What kind of food will cause a person to register positive for opiates on a drug test?

(3) What kind of carriages did the inventors build as early as 3,000 years ago?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c47(10/9/2005)

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Auguste Rodin, the sculptor who created "The Thinker," had his art school application turned down 3 times and never received formal training!

According to Mayan Mythology, man was made from cornmeal.

Until 2005, a woman had never been the executive chef for the U.S. president in the White House!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Did Rodin receive formal training to be a sculptor?

(2) Who says man was made from cornmeal?

(3) When did the White House have the first female executive chef for the U.S. president?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c43(9/11/2005)

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Volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan are believed to spew out ice, not molten lava!

John Grady Colson's Greensboro High School class ring was stolen in 1949 and returned to him --- 56 years later, after being found by Charles and Dot Adams of Orlando, Fla.

In July 2005, the Florida Keys' largest artificial reef, the 510-foot ship, USS Spiegel Grove, was flipped upright by hurricane Dennis!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What are volcanoes on Titan believed to spew out?

(2) How long did it take John to recover the stolen class ring?

(3) What made the 510-foot ship upright?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c40(7/10/2005)

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A type of Amazonian ant works as a team to build sophisticated traps with a sticky fungus that helps capture insects a hundred times their size!

Harvey R. Ball created the famous Yellow Smiley Face, but he never trademarked it --- and was paid only $45 for its creation!

"Hello, hello, Dolly!" Believe it or not! It took 227 attempts to clone Dolly the sheep!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How does a type of Amazonian ant capture insects a hundred times their size?

(2) How much did Harvey earn with his creation of Yellow Smiley Face?

(3) How many attempts did it take to clone Dolly the sheep?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c24(8/7/2005)

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A racing horse in New Zealand named "Rain, Hail or Shine" died on June 1, 2005, after being struck by lightning!

A newborn giant panda weighs only a few ounces and is the size of a mouse, but can grow to weigh more than 300 pounds!

"Doggin' the walk!" Pluto, a poodle owned by Kimio Koyama of Matusaka, Japan, can walk nearly a half-mile on its hind legs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was the name of the racing horse killed by lightning?

(2) How much does a newborn giant panda weigh?

(3) What can the poodle do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c19(2/6/2005)

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"The Peace Bombing" To promote peace and unity among its citizens, Thailand's military used airplanes to drop 100 million paper birds on strife-torn areas!

A Tokyo department store is home to a pair of Wizard of OZ inspired slippers --- adorned with 690 rubies and worth $2 million!

The 2004 U.S. chess champion 16-year-old Hikaru Nakamura of White Plains, N.Y., was only 7 years old when he mastered the art of playing chess!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Thailand's military do to promote peace and unity among its citizens?

(2) How many rubies does the pair of Wizard of OZ inspired slippers have?

(3) How old was Hikaru when he became the 2004 U.S. chess champion?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c15(5/1/2005)

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19th-century political cartoonist Thomas Nast created three of America's most enduring icons: the donkey and elephant of American politics, and the modern image of Santa Claus!

Con Agra's flour mill in Hastings, Minn., has been operating for 150 years and today can process two square miles of grain daily!

A lawsuit had been filed against the city of Norwalk, Conn., by a city clerk whose coworkers wore too much perfume!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Thomas Nast create?

(2) How long has the flour mill been operating?

(3) Why did the city clerk file a lawsuit against the city of Norwalk?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c11(7/24/2005)

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In 1993, lifelong stamp collector Hiroyuki Kanai bought a set of 183 Mauritian stamps for $10 million!

Research of Olympic events has shown that an athlete or team is more likely to win when dressed in RED!

John Evans of England can balance more than a ton of weight on his head!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What Hiroyuki Kanai buy for $10 million?

(2) According to the research of Olympic events, what kind of athletes or teams are more likely to win?

(3) What can John Evans do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c10(4/10/2005)

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Giant African land snails are dangerous ecological pests, and they are prolific! Three were released into the wild near Miami, Fla., in 1966 and it took 10 years and $1 million to eliminate all their offspring!

Hungry patrons consumed more than 20 tons of buffalo wings during the annual wing festival held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Anthony Gentile of Suffolk, Va., received $5.00 for creating the now-famous icon Mr. Peanut in 1916!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many giant African land snail were released in Florida in 1966?

(2) Where and when do people consume more than 20 tons of buffalo wings?

(3) How much did Anthony receive for creating Mr. Peanut?

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