Ripley’s Believe It or Not Seeing is Believing Review

PUB DATE: August 2009

This all new 6th title in the best selling Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual series, is a compendium of incredible bizarre facts, stories, interviews and features all presented in a stunning bright new design.

This year’s book also features icons that guide readers to astounding video clips on our new fully-integrated website, where they can see some of our subjects in action. Also, a dramatic eight-page gatefold section presents some extraordinary performers of the past, and additional black and white Ripley archive photographs feature throughout the book.

Be amazed at the dentist with no arms, the snake that swallowed a wallaby, an
underwater sculptor and a four-eared cat! For the legions of dedicated Ripley’s fans, and anyone else on the planet who loves unbelievable facts and jaw-dropping images, the latest annual in this successful series is a feast of delights.


I remember when I use to work at Coles book store that I loved the day that the shipments for Ripley’s would come in. Myself and the rest of the staff would go through this book from front to back during our shifts. We always would put a little display of this on the cash.

Although I haven’t worked at Coles in many years I would always try to get to Chapters and look through the book. Now I actually have my own copy and I enjoyed looking and reading through this book. Michael enjoyed looking at the pictures too.

I didn’t realize that Ripley’s had 31 museums around the world. They are located in England (2), New York and 18 other locations in the US, 2 in Canada ( I have been to the one in Cavendish PEI several years ago), Australia, India, Denmark, Malaysia, Mexico (2), Thailand and Kuwait. Have you been to one?

The book is divided into twelve sections: Strange but True, Extreme Earth, Incredible feats, Unusual Customs, Crazy Creatures, Travel Tales, Fanatastic Food, Body Oddity, Strange Sites, Artistic License, Amazing Science and Beyond Belief. All filled with great facts and pictures.

I have to say that the Artistic license was my favorite section of the whole book. There is a Georgian artist who takes old books and seals them and then turns them into works of art. They are truly beautiful works of art. Michael enjoyed the pictures of the balloon art. We also enjoyed the light graffiti which you can see here:

There is so many great facts throughout the book and so many amazing and strange people in the world. One of the strange things is that in India they use leeches to cure a variety of aliments including blood and immunity disorders. Another thing is there is a dentist in Indonesia who has no formal training and has learned from what he has read and he has no hands. Yea that will be one dentist I won’t go to. The guy in the picture actually looks scared. I would be too.

There is so much in this book that I could blog about it all day but I can’t so if you are curious then I have to say go and pick up this book so you can see for youself. This would make a great Christmas gift. and you can see some amazing pictures and videos here:

Thanks to Carolina at Wellons Communication for sending this great book to me.

This book was provided for review by Ripley Publishing (Wellons Communication) .

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