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"This rollicking collection of "strange stories from around the globe" includes a castle made of ice, a monster bug, the world's tallest teen, great escapes, feats of endurance and hundreds of other oddities. A lot of fun, with great color photos." -- The Sacramento Bee / sacbee.com

"The book rocks a pretty eye-catching red and silver holographic foil cover with lenticular and makes quite the must-have for bored kids looking to see the extremes in human physiology, feats and more." -monstersandcritics.com

"The newest offering in this unique series is Strikingly True. Filled with bizarre, and absolutely cool facts, adults and kids alike will be mesmerized by so many of the tidbits of information, great pictures, and just plain weird stories, that it’s hard to put this book down." www.featheredquill.com

"The Ripley’s empire has recently published Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Strikingly True ($28.95, Ripley Publishing), a collection of incredible and bizarre facts, stories, interviews, lists, and features that adds up to hours of entertaining reading" -bookviewsbyalancaruba.blogspot.com/

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: ANNUAL (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609910001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609910006
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! is globally renowned as the authority on the weird, the eccentric, and the amazing. Ripley's Believe It or Not! provides entertaining books for children of all ages which educates and informs them in a humorous style. The Ripley brand is known around the world as a trend-setting source of family-friendly fun and excitement! Every day the researchers at Ripley's are busy digging up the craziest true stories and the most unbelievable facts.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ripley's Believe It or Not- Strikingly True
Ripley Publishing- September 2011

This is a wonderful book on virtually every kind of unusual
person or event. For instance, Tim Cockerill (known as the
Great Inferno) gargles hot molten lava. A 6500 year old
baby mummy is depicted in a life-like pose. The artist,
Daniel Ortega of San Diego, Ca. turns ashes of the dead
into beautiful art pieces. A stunning scene of the Kilauea
volcano in Hawaii has been spewing volcanic ash and lava for
almost 3 decades.

A grotesque "Festival of the Skulls" is depicted
in La Paz, Bolivia. A live picture of lightening
was captured by a photographer as the flash hit
the Statue of Liberty on 9/22/10. The smallest house
in Great Britain is a two floor 6 by 10 foot structure
depicted in this book.

A weeping glacier appeared to be carved out of a
rock formation in Svalbard, Norway. There are other
wonders of nature sprinkled throughout the extensive presentation.

The contents of the book are organized as follows:
o The World of Animals
o Sports
o Body Art
o Transport
o Mysteries
o Food Arts
o Science and Beyond Belief

The front cover is a stunning apple red with an
open eye looking straight at you. Strikingly True
is a considerable curiosity for the young
and old alike.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane Hoffmaster on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Last spring I took my family to the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum and all of us (grownups included) had a blast learning about all sorts of weird and unexplainable phenomena! Being scientists, my husband and I are always looking for explanations to just about everything and love ecouraging our kids to explore the unknown!

The flashy cover on this book grabs your eye and just MAKES you want to open it and see what is inside! The Table of Contents divides the book into numerous categories like food, animals, body, etc and includes lots of fantastic pictures to capture your attention.

I cannot even begin to describe how much information is incuded in this book! Every page is chock full of facts, figures, and full color photos highlighting some of the most bizzare things I have ever seen. At 256 pages long, it would take you weeks to read everything in it!

Basically, a great encyclopedia of weird phenomena that will catch the attention of old and young alike!

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received one copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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Format: Hardcover
Once I received the book, I was immediately impressed by the holographic red and silver cover of the new Ripley's Believe It or Not! Strikingly True book. As a child I had always had an interest in the strange and unique. I remember purchasing my first Ripley's book and spending hours just reading and staring at the photos, and sometimes being grossed out, but still loving it. It is quite ironic that my son now has the same type of interests as me and we share that same sense of curiosity in anything strange and out of the ordinary. As a family we always watched the Ripley's Believe It or Not television show and even now we watch re-runs when they are on. When offered the chance to review the new Ripley's Strikingly True book I couldn't email fast enough. I was so excited and so was my son once I told him about it. This book is certainly not like the paperback I had as a child and I consider it a collectors edition. My son has decided it is his book and I now need permission to view it. The colorful pictures bring each oddity to life and this is not a book for the faint at heart. If you have a weak stomach, don't consider even taking a glance at this book, even at the bookstore. Another favorite part of this book for me were the interviews with some very odd and strange people. Ripley's has certainly outdone itself with this beautiful cover and this is a book we will cherish for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for Christmas for my 10 year old son. He loves it! He doesn't like to read very much but he can't put this book down. I like how the cover is an eye grabber and the book it a little heavy. I will be buying the other Ripley's books for him.
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Format: Hardcover
There's an old saying;"Nothing's certain but death and taxes".You might as well make it 3 things,and include Ripley's Believe It or Not!.This latest book for 2011 is again excellent in every way.I have been a fan of Ripley's ever since I was a young lad;in the 1940's.I have a large collection of Ripley books,including the paperbacks,and even have the first book I got when a kid.It was a hardcover ,first published in 1929.I got it for my 8th birthday in 1943;and believe it or not,it's still available as a reprint.
The 40's and 50's were the days when Cartoons and Comics reigned supreme,and were followed by everyone,young and old alike.Ripley's Believe It or Not was a Cartoon,and carried widely in local newspapers.My other favorite was Dick Tracy.Both of these have survived all these years.My local newspaper hasn't carried the Ripley cartoon nor the Dick Tracy comic strip for years;but fortunately I still get them both daily from the net.Come to think of it,while Ripley's and Tracy have survived,many of the newspapers have not,and ended up on the trashpile of history.I suspect both of these trends will continue.
It's hard to compare this latest book with all the previous ones.They have all been great.I suppose the thing that has changed most is the great improvement in construction,paper,printing ,color and all other aspects of what Ripley's has taken advantage of,and incorporated in each new book.These books are "built to last" and can be kept for many to enjoy for years.Not only have I enjoyed them but also have my children,and now my grandchildren.
I was in Key West Florida in August this year.It was stifling hot for a "northerner" like me.So guess where I spent the afternoon? You guessed it---Ripley's Museum.There I saw many of the things I had been reading about for years.
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