Pretty amazing, right? And you don't believe a word of it, do you?
You should, because you'll read about (and see) those things and more in "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing is Believing!"
Without a doubt, your great-grandparents probably remember reading "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" That's because it started out as a newspaper column almost 100 years ago when Robert Ripley (a real person, believe it or not) became fascinated with oddities and weird things. Everything in Ripley's column was authentic, and everything in this book is absolutely true, too.
There are plenty of challenges in this book. For instance, a boy in Florida made a huge ball of rubber bands - over 700,000 in all - which weighs nearly 5 tons. Look around your house. Getting any ideas?
And then there's the boy who may be the fastest texter ever - 160 characters in 45 seconds, blindfolded. You can do that!
You'll find curious creatures in here, like the four-eared cat, the two-headed kitten, and the two-faced calf. Then there's the house hippo whose "parents" adopted her as an orphan. You'll find a pink turtle with a Mohawk, dogs on wheels, and yes, plenty of gruesome snake stories.
Grab this book and read about the Canadian whose entire body is tattooed with bones and internal organs and the guy whose eyeball has a tattoo (eeeuwww). You'll see some very old portraits of former circus attractions and modern pictures of human oddities like the magnetic man and the guy with a double arm transplant.
And if art is more your thing, check out the toilet-paper wedding dress, the lifesize dragon cake, the gumball wall (double eeeuwww), a dog made of crayons and - believe it or not - a portrait of Eminem made of M&Ms!
"Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing is Believing" looks like a children's book. It's probably going to be found in the children's section of your bookstore or library. The cover certainly will appeal to kids, but believe this: this book is way too good for adults to skip.
Page after page after page of this "Ripley's" book is packed with bite-sized nuggets of goofy stories, horrid happenings, there's-no-way themes, improbable (but real) pictures, and tons of those silly-human stories you'd normally find in the smallest corner of your newspaper. The articles are family-friendly (like the Ripley's column of old) and can be enjoyed by kids ages 7-to-great-grandpa.
Be aware that reading "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing is Believing" may result in gasps, I-can-do-that's, and time-loss... but you won't mind. --Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez, LLC
About the Author
Ripley Publishing, the owner of the internationally famous trademark Ripley's Believe It or Not! As world authority on all that is unbelievable, the company offers up its vast archives of the strange and unusual through books, television shows, tourist attractions, motion pictures, merchandise and the worldwide syndication of its daily newspaper cartoon. Ripley researchers across the globe are busy each day digging deep into the world of the odd and bizarre to compile enough fresh an exciting material to fill the Believe It or Not! series of books published each year