Ripley's Believe It or Not! Strikingly True
By Geoff Tibballs
Ripley Publishing, Hardcover, 9781609910006, 254pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
List Price: $28.95*
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The newest title in the Ripley's Annual series is a compendium of new and bizarre stories, pictures and interviews all of which are packaged nicely within a vibrant red foil and lenticular cover.
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 our bestselling series is a feast of delights. Be amazed at a portrait made from 200,000 dead ants, the man who traversed the English Channel by holding onto a bunch of balloons, and the single human hair featuring paintings of all 42 American presidents. A compendium of incredible and bizarre facts, stories, interviews and features, presented in a stunning new design, this book also drives readers to Ripley’s fully interactive website. There are intriguing interviews with some of the astounding individuals who are featured in the book that spotlight their achievements and reveal more about what motivates them.
A dramatic eight-page gatefold sections presents Ripley’s first ever odditorium, which showcased sideshow performers and was built for the World’s Trade Fair in 1933. This features a selection of choice memorabilia including Robert Ripley’s original annotated list of performers. Informative “Ripley’s Research” boxes give the scientific explanation behind some of the most incredible tales in the book, such as how people have turned their fingers into magnets.
A section on the Olympic games, past and present, highlights the wacky as well as the amazing feats that have taken place at the height of sporting achievement.
Additional black and white Ripley archive photographs feature throughout the book, and miscellaneous lists are also scattered throughout. This year specially commissioned photographic features will also appear in the book.
"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/