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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing Is Believing! Hardcover – August 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Ill edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893951456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893951457
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, let's say somebody came up to you on the first day of school and started telling you about a guy with thousands of pins in his face and it didn't kill him, and a ginormous snake that swallowed a wallaby (a kangaroo-like animal) whole! And then your friend went on to say that some woman made a bracelet that was long enough for your entire class to wear at the same time. 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

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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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books you really cannot find fault with. What's not to love, with it's small paragraphs full of shocking, sometimes grotesque, facts about people who've done strange and unusual things, with pictures!

There are thousands to pick from, but some of my favorite tidbits are the Japanese artists who carves really detailed art into watermelons, and the dental tech who draws small portraits of famous people, on teeth.

One of the more shocking facts, at least in my mind, is about a guy who tattooed his eyeball.

I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. And I got a feeling of accomplishment after finishing it. Maybe I even felt a little wiser. It's a perfect gift for adults and kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ripley's Advocate on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an employee from Ripley's Publishing, I would first like to share how our researchers and publishers work very hard to clarify all facts and stories; they also ensure that our book is suitable for family fun, enjoyment and entertainment. I would further like to clarify that no where in our book is any article or reference to the "World's Largest Penis Enlargement" or any related information (as another reviewer on this page claims).
I would like to offer the opportunity to discuss any such concerns with the reviewer on this page - or anyone who would like more information on our books - please contact [...]
Thank you for your interest in Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Ripley's Believe It or Not! since i was a kid over 60 years ago. While we lost Ripley himself,all too many years ago;Ripley Entertainment has carried on with Ripley's dream of searching the world and bringing the totally unbelievable to all of us.
My large collection of BION books continues to grow,and I am always excited to find a new one being published.
The quailiy of the construction,printing,photos and illustration,continues to be as excellent as possible.Also, the things that the editors continue to bring to us keep getting better with every new book,and this one is no exception.
I have written reviews on several of the latest books,and like to talk about something different in each review. With the whole world available to look fo things to include in these books,I have noticed a lot come from Canada. The words exotic,strange,weird,amazing,etc. do not immediately come to mind when the country of Canada comes up.Quite to the contrary,Canada is about as conservative ,bland,and about as far from exotic as any country on the face of the earth, at least that is how we see ourselves ,our customs and country. Just for fun,as I went though this book I jotted down the number of times that things talked about were from Canada.I was literally shocked!! Believe It or Not!,It here were 58 of them--and Believe It or Not!,I had never heard of any of them before.Maybe another time I'll count how many things are mentioned in one of these books;it must a lot.I just made an estimate for this book using the index.There are 48 colums with about 95 items in each column --that would be about 4,560 items--Believe It or Not!.The book if loaded with hundreds of photos,again all of excellent quality.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been a Ripley's fan for as long as I can remember, and I have five of his books. My wife and I also visited the museum in Newport, Oregon as part of our honeymoon a few months ago and holy crap, we thought it was mind blowing and I would love to go back. I have always loved bizarre facts and what not. I would highly recommend this to any curious mind or person!!!
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By micheal on July 5, 2012
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when i first got this book i thought it was boring, butt than i read the whole book and it was AWSOME! I recommend this to all people of the world, Yah Man
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The book is great. The kids love to read about the weird topics in this book. My kids don't want to stop reading!
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By Carolyn on November 23, 2010
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The book is all they said it would be, I am so pleased, service was to the maxium, got it withing a few days after placing request.
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