Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fall Reads: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities
Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Annual Edition - Book 12
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
Retail: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1609911362
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon


Ripley's Believe It or Not! was founded by the late Robert Ripley. The Believe It Or Not! first appeared as a cartoon feature in the New York Globe in 1919. It was later featured in the New York Evening Post and the New York American. The first book, Believe it or not! by Ripley The Big Little Book, was published in 1931.

The Eye-Popping Oddities begins with a two-page biography of Robert Ripley along with a never-before-seen photo of him. The book has 10 different chapters/sections:

Believe It! - This chapter features some of the weirdest things, such as a cat with thumbs and ceramic inflatables.

World - Showcases oddities found around the world, such as cups made from skulls, a hotel in a cave, an upside-down house and a tornado fire.

Animals - Here you get a cath with long whiskers, a frog with extra legs, a mother cat feeding a baby hedgehog, a snake massage, 40-inch long dinosaur poop, a monster earthworm and much more.

Body - From weird tattoos, to the Twins form Yucatan, to a cheek hole, etc., you won't believe it until you see these amazing photos.

Pop Culture - People take their love for movies and television a little too far with cardboard movie scenes, A Simpsons tattoo, a Game of Thrones wedding, pop plates, etc..

Transport - Yep, there are a lot of odd automobiles in the world, including a car made from human hair, a bone truck, a sheepdog car and a beetle robot.

Feats - Learn about several odd feats & facts, such as the superman swoop, sleeping on a bed made of wire, a man pulling a car by his nose and human cannonballs.

Art - People can turn anything into art, including building a trash zoo, 3-D drawings and making art from Barbie parts.

Food - You'll learn about the pie-scraper, a robot that will ride on the shoulders of a runner and feed them tomatoes, benefits from drinking cow urine and many other things.

Beyond Belief - In the final chapter, you'll find things that you can barely believe is real, such as scary selfies, a running track on a roof, a teddy bear butcher, an SUV stuck in a tree, elf ears, etc..

I've always been fascinated about the world of Ripley ever since my parents took me to the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Branson, Missouri when I was a kid back in the 90s. I discovered the Annuals about three years ago and I get a kick out of each book. There are a lot of weird things throughout the pages of this installment. It's jammed packed with beautiful, colorful pictures as well as amazing and unbelievable facts (though all of them are real). Overall, I had a blast reading and looking at the photos in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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