From the Inside Flap
From the Back Cover
When Captain J.H. Hedley of Chicago, Illinios fell out of a plane nearly three miles up in the air on January 6, 1918, he was probably sure he'd had his last plane ride. But no--the plane was making a steep vertical dive in line with his own fall, and Hedley alighted on the tail. He was brought back down to earth shaken, but none the worse for wear...
And for Those with Hearty Appetites...
A huge omelette composed of 7,200 eggs was fried in a pan 8 feet across. It weighed half a ton! The pan was greased by attaching slabs of bacon to the feet of girls who turned it into a skating rink.
Alfred Langevin of Detroit, Michigan could blow up balloons, smoke a cigarette, and play a recorder--through his eye! He was featured in a 1930 Believe It or Not! cartoon, appeared at Ripley's Odditoriums from 1933 to 1940, in a 1931 compendium and on a postcard.
Charles C. Russell, inspired by a Believe It or Not! cartoon, hoisted 12 cups of coffee with one hand and his sister with the other hand--while on ice skates! Russell, an ice skating and barbell instructor at the South Chicago "Y," could also hoist a bar over his head with a woman seated at either end--a total of 265 pounds. Again, he did all this on ice skates--but this time, the two women he hoisted were playing ukuleles!
She found "God" in her eggplant! On Sunday, August 15, 1948, Mrs. Henry G. Hesslink of Amsterdam, New York was preparing dinner for her family when she discovered that the eggplant she was slicing had been "signed" by its creator! (September 25, 1948.)