Ripley's Believe It or Not! #393(1/9/2008)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "Now - clean up the mess you made!" Adrian McKinnon of Montgomery, Ala., caught a burglar robbing his home on Oct. 16, 2007, and forced him to clean up the mess he had made - at gunpoint!

(2) On Nov. 5, 2007, Jack Bibby of Texas sat for 45 minutes in a tub filled with 87 venomous rattlesnakes!

(3) "The toothbrush" Earliest known forms have been around since 3000 B.C., but the bristle toothbrush, similar to what we use today, was invented in China in 1498. Hog's neck hairs were used. The use of Nylon bristles started in 1938!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #392(1/7/2008)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Before authorities began a drive to evict them in 2007, 10,000 squatters lived among the graves of the North Cemetery in Manila, Philippines!

(2) "Life Sentencing Day" On Oct. 24, 2007, 60 life sentences were handed down in only 4 court cases in India!

(3) Luigi Petroni of Italy survived a 2,000-foot fall after his parachute failed to open during a skydiving trip in Medulin, Croatia!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c119(10/15/2000)

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Sherpa guide Babu Chhiri climbed to the summit of Mount Everest in 15 hours, 56 minutes, setting a new world record!

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed a method of converting millions of pounds of chicken feathers into fiber for paper diapers, clothing and insulation!

Rock star Tommy Lee composed most of the songs to his latest album by recording lyrics and melodies on his home answering machine --- which he called while in prison!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) How long did it take Babu to climb to the summit of Mount Everest?

(2) What kind of method have the scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed?

(3) Where did Tommy compose most of the songs to his latest album?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #391(1/24/2002)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) A supermarket in Dayton, Ohio, sold gasoline for only 10 cents a gallon in November 2001! "Next!"

(2) At a car recycling center in Berlin, Germany, people pay $2 an hour to smash old cars with a sledgehammer to relieve stress!

(3) Henrietta Arevalo of San Antonio, Texas, has saved the wishbones from her family's Thanksgiving Day turkeys for the last 20 years! "1985"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #390(12/31/2007)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Leopard slugs mate in mid-air --- dangling from a rope of mucus!

(2) U.S. politician Harry Truman was a senator, vice president and president all in the same year 1945!

(3) "Sheffield F.C. 1857" "The World's Oldest Football Club" The Sheffield (England) Football Club is the oldest soccer team in the world --- dating back over 150 years!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #389(12/29/2007)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "The Sikhs of the Punjab" All have the same name --- "Singh," which means "lion."

(2) One of a mosquito's feet can support 23 times the insect's weight --- while standing on water!

(3) On April 13, 2029, the asteroid 99942 Apophis will pass within 22,500 miles of the earth --- with a one in 45,000 chance of hitting us!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #c118(8/20/2000)

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Asanokiri, a sumo wrestler in Japan, lost a match after his loincloth fell off --- the first time in 83 years of wrestling that this obscure rule had been enforced!

At Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., doctors with poor handwriting must attend evening classes to write prescriptions more clearly!

"Chomp!" Young Kim of Seoul, S. Korea, has invented drinking straws that are edible!

< TASK > Answer the questions.

(1) Why did Asanokiri lose the match?

(2) Who must attend evening classes at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center?

(3) What kind of drinking straws has Young invented?

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #388(12/25/2002)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) "Santa Claus" is a town in both Arizona and Indiana!

(2) In the Ukrainian culture, a spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck!

(3) Queen Elizabeth II of England has sent out over 37,000 Christmas cards and given out 75,000 Christmas puddings to her staff! "Thank you, Your Majesty!"

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #387(12/27/2007)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) The planet Venus has days longer than its years!

(2) The United States of America, a country of 300 million people, has no official language!

(3) Wendy, a dog from Central Saanich, Canada, has a mutated set of muscular growth genes, making her "double-muscled" and twice the weight of an average whippet dog!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #386(12/25/2007)

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< TASK 1 > Read the articles (1) to (3). And figure out which article they come from. Answer A, B, or C.

(1) Canada's postal code HOH OHO directs mail to Santa Claus!

(2) During the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I, soldiers on both sides of the western front spontaneously stopped fighting, and against their commanders' orders --- crossed no man's land to exchange gifts and play soccer!

(3) "Whack!" In Manitou Springs, Colo., there is an annual after-Christmas "Great Fruitcake Toss," in which residents get rid of their unwanted holiday fruitcakes using golf clubs and catapults!

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