Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c117(11/25/2007)

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Robert Hughes of Fort Worth, Texas, retired in 2005 with 1,333 wins --- more than any other high school basketball coach in the country!

In May 2006, a thief stole an entire front yard from a house in Adelanto, Calif., taking the grass, plants and even the sprinkler system!

The Zephyr, a prototype solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, has a 60-foot wingspan but weighs just 66 pounds and can stay aloft for 54 hours straight!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How many games did Robert win as a high school basketball coach?

(2) What did the thief steal from a house in Adelanto?

(3) For how many hours straight can the Zephyr stay aloft?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c114(11/18/2007)

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"Octo-glow!" The suckers on the tentacles of the glowing sucker octopus act as luminescent bulbs!

"Any takers?" Google and the X PRIZE Foundation are offering up to $25 million to any private organization that can land a robotic rover on the moon by 2012!

Professor Stephen Harding of the University of Nottingham found a 1,000-year-old viking ship under the parking lot of a pub in Meols, Merseyside, England.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What parts of the body of the glowing sucker octopus act as luminescent bulbs?

(2) Who are offering to any private organization that can land a robotic rover on the moon by 2012?

(3) What did Stephen find under the parking lot of a pub in Meols?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c111(11/11/2007)

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"American Icon" Annie and Ken Burkitt of Niagara Falls, Ontario, used over 1,000,000 Swarovski Crystals to decorate a 2004 Mini Cooper with images of U.S. landmarks and symbols!

Swarms of wasps on the rock fortress at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, stung so many people in Sept. 2007 that the military was deployed to evacuate the injured!

"Tongue Twister!" Zhang Yongyang of Tongchuan, Shaanxi, China, dips his tongue in ink and uses it to write Chinese calligraphy!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What did Annie and Ken use in order to decorate a 2004 Mini Cooper?

(2) Why was the military deployed to the rock fortress at Sigiriya?

(3) What does Zhang use to write Chinese calligraphy?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c108(11/4/2007)

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"Teeny Ted from Turnip Town," a book produced by the nanotechnology lab at Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada), is so small that 20 copies can fit on the head of a pin!

Using its long snout like a metal detector, the pacific spookfish finds its prey hiding on the sea floor by sending its electrical field!

Mirror Image, a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Dennis Clay of Houston, Texas.

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How small is the book produced by the nanotechnology lab?

(2) How does the pacific spookfish find its prey hiding on the sea floor?

(3) What kind of car does Dennis own?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c107(10/28/2007)

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David George, an Australian cattle farmer, was chased up a tree by crocodiles and stranded there for 7 days!

When Hamdija Djuric of Serbia was convicted on July 21, 2007, for stabbing a man, the judge ruled that his prize bull could join him in prison for the duration of his sentence!

Werner Kiwitt of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, rents out ducks to gardeners as a natural way to remove slugs!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did David stay up a tree for 7 days?

(2) What kind of sentence did the judge deliver on David?

(3) What do the ducks do for gardeners?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c106(10/21/2007)

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At the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in New York, artist Roger Baker mowed an 850,000-square-foot image of a Purple Heart medal, which is given to U.S. servicemen that are killed or wounded in action.

"You go!" In August 2007, Richard Rodriguez rode a roller coaster in Blackpool, England, for 16 days, 17 hours!

On August 2, 2007, Russian explorers planted their country's flag 14,000 feet below the north pole on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What kind of work did the artist make at the memorial park?

(2) How long did Richard ride a roller coaster?

(3) Where did the explorers plant their country's flag?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c104(10/14/2007)

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GPS satellites are built to account for Einstein's theory of relativity --- otherwise they would accumulate miles of error every day!

A mountain range encircling Saturn's moon Iapetus extends up to 8 miles high!

Arpad Nick of Budapest, Hungary, dragged a 70-ton tram over 160 feet using only his teeth!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) What would happen to GPS satelites without Einstein's theory of relativity?

(2) How high is the mountain range encircling Saturn's moon Iapetus?

(3) What did Arpad Nick do with his teeth?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c102(10/7/2007)

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"Again!?" The town of Salzburg, Austria, has a cable channel that plays the movie, "The Sound of Music," 24 hours a day, every day of the year!

Iqbal Ahmed of Nagpur, India created a functioning steam engine the size of a fingernail!

Austrian and Prussian soldiers stole so many crops from farmers during the war of Bavarian Succession (1778-1779) that it became known as the "Potato War"!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Which town has a cable channel that plays only the movie "The Sound of Music"?

(2) What kind of engine was created in India?

(3) Why did the war of Bavarian Succession became known as the "Potato War"?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c97(9/30/2007)

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"The last Tommy" 109-year-old Henry John Patch of Wells, England is the last surviving British soldier to have served in the trenches of World War One!

In the summer of 2007, the government of Limuru, Kenya, ordered that all donkeys were to wear diapers!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa had already begun to tilt while the building's first 3 floors were under construction - yet it is still standing 800 years later!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How old is the last surviving British soldier to have served in the trenches of World War One

(2) What did the government order all donkeys to do?

(3) When did the Leaning Tower of Pisa begin to tilt?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c94(9/16/2007)

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In May 2007, a 5 acre, 100-foot deep lake in Magallanes, Chile, disappeared in less than a month!

Spain's national anthem "The Royal March," is nearly 250 years old and has never had official lyrics!

"Missing Lynx!" Lynx, a pet cat, returned to its owner's home in Hook, England, in June 2007 --- 10 years after disappearing!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long did it take for the lake to disappear?

(2) Does Spain's national anthem have official lyrics?

(3) How long did it take the cat to return to its owner's home?

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