Friday, 23 November 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange!

Finding the perfect gift for a relative or friend is not an easy task, especially for those who already own just about everything. I recommend getting them a coffee book or even better yet, get them the all-new Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! from Ripley Publishing.

One hundred years ago, Robert Ripley created the first Believe It or Not! cartoon that appeared in the New York Globe, which featured a collection of sports oddities. It wouldn't be until 1929 that the first Believe It or Not! book was published. Ripley Publishing released the very first Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual in 2004."A Century of Strange!" marks the 15th annual.

Retailing at $28.95 (CAN $34.95), "A Century of Strange" features hundreds of stunning photos which chronicles strange and bizarre facts from all over the world. This year's edition opens up with a six-page "A Century of Strange" timeline, which covers the last 100 years of Ripley's Believe It or Not! The facts are separated into six different sections: Believe It!; World; Animals; Pop Culture; People; and Beyond Believe.

*Believe It! features the weirdest things from around the world that are almost too unbelievable to actually believe, such as a car vending machine; a serial killer's head preserved in a jar; and spiders that can hold markers.

*World features a variety of odd places and facts from around the world, such as glowing blue lava in Indonesia; 3,500 symmetrical steps in India; and a stone castle in China.

*Animals features unusual facts about different animals from around the world, such as hummingbird moths; a 60lb macaque monkey; and conjoined bats.

"Animals" - pages 95 & 96

*Pop Culture features different hobbies and lifestyles from around the world, such as the Chester Cheetah Sculpture made out of Cheetos; a Tardis library in Michigan; and lightsaber workout classes.

*People features the amazing oddballs from the around the world, such as an Oregon woman who wears snakes as earrings; a Pennsylvania woman who had a 140lb cyst and 40lb of excess skin removed from her body; and an 80-year-old woman who claims to have the ability to heal people's impaired vision by licking their eyeballs.

*Beyond Belief features everything else that cannot be categorized, such as a horror-themed wedding in Scotland; a viking festival in the Shetland Islands; and a 96lb giant hair ball.

"Pop Culture" - pages 160 & 161


Final Thoughts

Personally, I always have a blast looking through Ripley's Believe It or Not! books. They're always jammed packed with intriguing facts and amazing photographs. "A Century of Strange!" continues that tradition. However, the facts are even more mind-blowing this time around and the photos are more incredible.

If I had to pick my favorite fact from this annual, it would have to the "Book Temple" in Kassel, Germany, Argentine.

No matter what your age is, Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! will give you hours of entertainment.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! can be purchased on for $18.87.Use the promo code 5Ripley to save $5.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own.

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