Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c91(9/24/2006)

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"I think I can see something!" "China?" After getting a positive reading from a metal detector, Henry Mora of Montclair, Calif., dug a 60-foot-deep hole in his front yard, searching for gold!

One form of dyslexia causes people to only understand books when they're held upside down!

35 years after Gary Karafiat of Naperville, Ill., lost his wallet in high school, it was returned to him totally intact!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Henry do in his front yard?

(2) Are there some people who can understand books only when holding them upside down?

(3) What happened 35 years after Gary lost his wallet?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c50(11/26/2006)

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"Where did I go wrong?" A homing pigeon flew 3,106 miles off course during a race from France and ended up on St. Eustatius Island in the Caribbean!

"These are my doubles!" The International Brick Collectors Association forbids its members to buy or sell bricks for money.

"12 Ton Challenge" Stuart Burrell of Rayleigh, England, lifted a 48.5-pound weight 522 times in one hour!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How far off course did the homing pigeon fly France?

(2) Which association forbids its members to buy or sell bricks for money?

(3) How many times did Stuart lift a 48.5-pound weight in one hour?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c49(6/4/2006)

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The town of Blue Earth, Minn., has a 55-foot-tall fiberglass Jolly Green Giant, built to commemorate local agriculture and industry!

To celebrate the 250th birthday of Mozart, the Austrian embassy in Japan baked a cake containing gold coins worth 250 million yen!

While golfing on August 9, 2005, 9-year-old Kate Langley of Scotter, England became the youngest girl on record to hit a hole-in-one --- with a 134-yard shot!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did the town of Blue Earth build to commemorate local agriculture and industry?

(2) What kind of cake did the Austrian Embassy in Japan bake?

(3) What did Kate do on August 9, 2005?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c48(5/28/2006)

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A former corn field in Dublin, Ohio, has 109 6-foot-tall concrete corn cobs --- a tribute to Sam Frantz, a developer of hybrid corn plants!

"Perpet-yule Celebration!" "Mr. Christmas!" Andy Park of Melksham, England has celebrated Christmas every day for over 12 years, with daily Gifts, caroling and year-round decorations!

The Nelson Underwater Club held an underwater bike race off the coast of Cable Bay, New Zealand, on March 26, 2006.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many 6-foot-tall concrete corn cobs are there in the former corn field?

(2) For how many years has Andy celebrated Christmas every day?

(3) What kind of bike race was held in New Zealand, on March 26, 2006?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c46(6/11/2006)

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Managers of Scotland's Edinburgh Castle smear the walls with a mixture of rancid milk and orange peel to keep graffiti from adhering to the stone!

Rosco, an American bulldog, chewed open the lock on his cage and climbed a 7-foot-wall topped with barbed wire to escape from the Virginia Beach Animal Control Center on April 4, 2006!

In 1816, the Times of London attacked the waltz as a corrupting and devastating influence of morality!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What do the managers of the castle do to keep graffiti from adhering to the stone?

(2) How did the bulldog open his cage?

(3) Who attacked the waltz as a corrupting and devastating influence on morality?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c45(6/18/2006)

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"The usual, right?" "Yup." Eugene Rutledge robbed a restaurant in Oakland, Calif., so many times during a 5-month period that employees easily recognized him and would open the cash register at the sight of him!

"Hey!" In Britain, it is a criminal offense to fly the Union Jack from a civilian boat!

The crucian carp adapts to oxygen-poor environments and can hold its breath for weeks or even months depending on water temperature!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did the employees open the cash register at the sight of Eugene?

(2) Is it legal to fly the Union Jack from a civilian boat?

(3) How long can the crucian carp hold its breath?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c44(7/2/2006)

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Ron Patrick of California created street-legal VW Beetle --- powered by a jet engine!

A wheat farmer in North America receives only 5% of what a loaf of bread sells for --- at retail!

The Knight Drags on..." Lloyd Scott wore a full suit of armor and dragged an 8-foot-tall, 200-lb dragon behind him as he ran the 2006 London Marathon, finishing in eight days, 13 minutes!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of car did Ron create?

(2) How much of what a loaf of bread sells for at retail does a wheat farmer in North America receive?

(3) Why did it take Lloyd eight days and 13 minutes to run the 2006 London Marathon?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c42(12/31/2006)

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The bottom-dwelling Red-lipped Batfish looks like an algae-covered rock --- except for its bright red lips!

"43,252,003,274,489,856,000" A 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube toy has over 43 quintillion possible positions!

Serving as a surrogate mother in 2001, a Japanese woman in her 50s gave birth to her own granddaughter!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What does Red-lipped Batfish look like?

(2) How many possible positions does a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube have?

(3) What did the Japanese woman do?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c41(12/24/2006)

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In the Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Windsor, NS, Canada --- contestants hollow out massive pumpkins and race them across a lake!

The Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary maintain a database of over 1 billion examples of word use within the English language!

Despite the international custom following national tragedies --- Saudi Arabia never flies its flags at half-mast, even upon the death of its king!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which country has the Giant Pumpkin Regatta every year?

(2) How many examples of word use in English does the database have?

(3) Which country never flies its flags at half-mast?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c39(8/27/2006)

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For centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Coliseum was plundered for building materials that were used throughout Rome, including St. Peter's Basilica!

Demand for yellow shirts to wear in honor of the 60th anniversary of Thailand's king Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension was so large that the government threatened retailers with jail terms to prevent price gouging!

This figure contains only 9 circles and 8 hexagons.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What was plundered for building materials that were used throughout Rome?

(2) Why did the government threaten retailers with jail terms to prevent price gouging?

(3) How many hexagons does the figure contain?

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