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Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Strikingly True (ANNUAL) Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


"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/

About the Author

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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Very few statistics "blow your mind" because though outrageous...honestly, who cares???

My husband and I DO truly acknowledge past statistics, but not the recent ones, because to us, a lot of them, quite frankly are disgusting, and serve no purpose to enlighten human mankind.
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I, personally, love random facts. They're interesting in and of themselves, and they usually make great conversation starters. For instance, "Hey, did you know that there's a guy that can lift a 150 lb. dumbbell... with his mouth?" "Did you know that one guy threw his Olympic gold medal in the air to celebrate, and it landed in a lake, and they couldn't find it?"

And that's what you'll get in this book: lots of random, interesting facts. There are some that sound pretty out there, but there's nothing that struck me as fake. And, inevitably, I found some of the facts to be kinda dull. But there are plenty of intriguing ones to make up for that.

It makes for a nice book to have on hold whenever you get a spare minute. Open it up and read a few facts as you wait for a particularly slow webpage to load, or glance through it during commercials. The book's split up in multiple sections, including facts about unusual animals, about amazing feats, about weird science, and so on. I found some sections more interesting than others, and I'm sure you'll have your own preferences.

My main warning with the book is that some of the pictures are disgusting. Photos include a cow that was struck by lightning, a guy hanging hooks from his eyelids, and other things that might not be good for the faint of heart. This is less of an issue, but be aware that the book is printed on full-sized pieces of paper and has a hardcover. It's slightly heavy, and it can be a little tough to lug around if you're holding other things too.

Whether you'll read through the book from beginning to end or just open it up at random, this is definitely a worthwhile read.
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