Sunday, September 13, 2009

RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! SEEING IS BELIEVING...a GIVEAWAY????

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RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

SEEING IS BELIEVING!

Each fantastic annual in the Ripley's Believe it or Not! range contains completely new material. Every book is full of bizarre facts, incredible photographs, crazy stories, revealing interviews, and fun features - every one guaranteed to amaze.

Seeing is Believing also features icons throughout that direct you to live action clips on the website, as well as a cool 8-page gatefold section showcasing sideshow performers from the past.

Surely You Have Seen a Ripley's?!

Many thanks to Carolina and
Wellons Communications
,
I received a copy of the annual book
for
Ripley's Believe It Or Not to Review!

My Review:(Please note: If you are unable to understand my attempts at humor in this review, I apologize but there is lots of weird stuff to mess with your mind in this huge over 250 page book--that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)

I found the book as entertaining as ever. When I was teaching, any Ripley's book was always a favorite of students and teachers alike and this year's edition is no exception to that. Of course as everything goes with technology, there is even a website you can go to (www.ripleys.com) to see even more unbelievable things. Some are funny, many are amazing, some are a little hard to look at, and if it wasn't Ripley's, I might NOT believe it!

This edition is broken into sections so you can pick and choose what you feel like looking at on any given day, or read it cover to cover, as I did. The book includes the following sections with some of my favorite articles in them:

STRANGE BUT TRUE: I liked "Extreme Scrabble" played while skydiving at 13,000 feet--now that's what I call a HIGH stakes game!

EXTREME EARTH: "Incredible Icebergs" were gorgeous with amazing colors, and they were like works of "art", or should I say "Arctic"?

INCREDIBLE FEATS: Some were hard for me to swallow but evidently not for Travis Fessler who, for charity(really?) popped 11 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches into his mouth at once. Thank goodness it explained that the little "buggers" have tiny velcro-like hooks on the end of their feet so they could climb back out of his throat and mouth, and they now live happily ever after in a terrarium in his house!

UNUSUAL CUSTOMS:Not a lot of bull here! Each year, two days before the famous "Running of the Bulls" in Paplona, Spain, they hold the "Running of the Nudes"! Yes, they are human and don't ask...just buy the book!

CRAZY CREATURES:Talk about being two-faced?! Well in this section there is indeed a two-faced cow, born in China, and yes, it has 4 eyes and 2 mouths. I guess when born the mother cow said, "Oh,no! It's another mouth, err, mouths, to feed".

TRAVEL TALES:Now there were lots of great ways to go in this section, but I think I liked the part about the "Human Hamsters" who travel in a ZORB, a large transparent plastic sphere down rolling hills. Now I think that would be a ball!

FANTASTIC FOOD: Forget the slimy and gruesome things to eat. My favorite in this part had to be a the "Cheesy Politicians" where a man made a replica of the painting of the Declaration of Independence from 2,000 pounds of cheddar cheese! It definitely wins for best title of an article!

BODY ODDITY: Oh, where to start? The side show? The Piercings? The tall, short, fat, identical??? But being a reader who has read stories of the custom of women's bound feet in China, I found the explanation and picture where the woman's toes were under the arch of her foot after years of binding to be what "wrapped up" this section for me!

STRANGE SITES:Upside down house almost got my vote but when I saw the"Gum Wall" made by thousands of people putting their chewed gum on a wall in California, AND allowing anyone who wanted to take a taste at any time (?)...well, that was the one that stuck with me!

ARTISTIC LICENSE:This was truly an amazing and gorgeous section with art made from everything from match sticks to junk mail. I think the one that I was fascinated by was the "Mini Art" where Vladimir Aniskin's art is displayed on everything from a human hair to a grape seed. I think the chess set on the matchstick head made of gold and silver has to be a checkmate!

AMAZING SCIENCE: Science not being my strong suit, I will say I still liked this section. Living in Florida, the lightning capital of the world, the article about an Australian who uses the electronic forces for art was what STRUCK me as amazing!

BEYOND BELIEF: Finally, check the title and then you'll know why I didn't have to believe the man who attached bungee cord hooks to lower eyelids and pulled an almost 4,000 pound mini-bus along the road. Eye can see why this is called Beyond Belief!

So as you can tell from my descriptions, there are hours of amazing things to see and discuss. I know children and adults love this book and it is worth investing in one.

I did not get a copy to giveaway and am afraid I would never be able to do another post if I tore it out of the hands of my family to give it away.


However, I will at least share a few of the photos with you who are loyal enough to read this entire post.


Rick Murray has spent over $4000 USD and 24 tattoo hours turning himself into a tattooed Zombie, Believe It or Not! Source: Bizarre Magazine Photo: Neville Elder

When Ripley’s Believe It or Not! asked artist Franz Spohn if he could create a portrait of Barack Obama from thousands of gumballs, the artist, along with a bunch of kids from Ohio said, “Yes, we can!” Spohn recruited dozens of volunteers to help create the portrait as part of the Martin Luther King Day celebration on January 19 at the King Kennedy Center in Ravenna, Ohio. After one hour and many sticky fingers, a one-of-a-kind work of art was born.


A penguin named Nils Olav in the Edinburgh Zoo has the proud honor of not only being the mascot for the Norwegian Army, but has now been knighted after moving up in ranks to Colonel-in-Chief. The king penguin has been an honorary member of the army since the 1970, although the current mascot, regretfully is not the original penguin that served the Norwegians. Believe It or Not!
This photo is of course, dedicated to my pal, Kaye, at Pudgy Penguins Perusals!


Bull dogs are sometimes thought to be very dangerous, aggressive animals, even mixed breeds. But when they’re this cute, that’s hard to imagine. This pile of 20 puppies is believed to be the largest puppy litter ever. The average number of puppies in a litter is about 10. Born in the UK, these pups are sure to be adopted. Believe It or Not!
OK, and this part is for my many dog lover readers AND especially for my Book Buddy who has been working so hard for this blog! Like it, Ms. M?

OK! OK! OK!
YOU TALKED ME INTO A GIVEAWAY
OF ONE COPY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER,
BUT.....
ON ONE CONDITION!

I WILL DONATE ONE COPY OF THIS
SAME BOOK,
BRAND NEW, FROM ME TO YOU,
IF AND ONLY
IF WE GET TO 200 ENTRIES...
(THERE ARE OVER 400 COMMENTS SO
FAR FOR
THE BOOKCASE GIVEAWAY...)
SO WHY NOT THIS?
JUST TO BE CLEAR, IF 200 ENTER, I WILL
BUY AND SEND ONE WINNER A COPY OF
THIS FABULOUS BOOK...NOT A COPY FOR
EVERY ONE WHO ENTERS!
(sorry if some were confused and emailed to ask)

RULES TO ENTER:

Sorry, from my empty pockets...so
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY!
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--EMAIL MUST BE IN YOUR COMMENT
--ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR ONLY ONE COMMENT:

COMMENT ABOUT ANY SECTION OF
THE BOOK AND THE DESCRIPTION
I GAVE, OR ABOUT ONE OF THE
PHOTOS I POSTED FROM THE SERIES.

THAT'S IT!
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN
BY 6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 13
(THAT'S A WHOLE MONTH)

GOOD LUCK AND HOPE YOU
ENJOYED THE POST AS MUCH
AS I DID BECAUSE IT IS A FUN BOOK!

22 comments:

Sarah Osborne said...

I hope you get a lot of comments because I'd love to win one! I thought the 20 puppies were adorable! I wonder how they were able to prove that they all came from the same mama.

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trishalynn0708 said...

Awesome. I tried winning this on a different blog but didn't. I thought the zombie guy was the coolest. I wouldn't do that to myself but if someone else wants to do it to themselves so that I can see some awesome pictures then I am happy. :)

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DarcyO said...

OK, I saw the picture but still don't believe it -- 20 puppies! That's one tired mama dog! My daughter loves this kind of stuff. Please enter me!

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Virginia said...

20 Bulldog puppies! Mama Mia! I could tell that you really enjoyed yourself in reviewing this book. Who knew you had an interest in cheesy politicians! My family watched the TV show of Ripley's hosted by Jack Palance--Believe it...or not! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

Seriously, that guy spent all that money, all that time, went through all that pain...to look like a zombie for life? Just weird...yet fascinating. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

danielle78@comcast.net

Beth (BBRB) said...

OMG! Those puppies were adorable! But, 20! Poor mommy!

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Neas Nuttiness said...

My grandsons would love it, if I won this book! That Zombie guy is just plain gross, weird, scary.

Here's hoping for 200 comments.

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

rubynreba said...

The Gum Wall in California made by thousands of people putting their chewed gum on a wall in California and allowing anyone who wanted to take a taste seems very strange!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Hope you reach 200!

Debbie said...

My kids love these books! But I am thinking that zombie guy is going to give me nightmares!
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Sue said...

My boys love the Ripley's Believe it or Not books. I'd love a chance at this one.
The zombie guy - a little scary...

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jolynn said...

I loved reading all the unusal things, we especially liked the 20 litter puppies.
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Anonymous said...

Those 20 adorable puppies. Poor Mommy Dog.

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Linda K said...

I loved the litter of 20 pups.So cute.

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Misusedinnocence said...

The chinese foot binding has always terrified me.

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I follow.

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I just love that the Norwegian army has a penguin for a mascot.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Glenn said...

The gumball art of Obama was pretty cool - I love unconventional art like that. Thanks for the giveaway.

glenn_pessano AT yahoo DOT com

ossmcalc said...

I just wonder what all of those tattoos will look like when the man who turned himself into a tattooed zombie when he is 80 years old. Probably will not look too cool.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

20 puppies...unbelievable.

karen k
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

I have never heard of the "Running of the Nudes." Speechless!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mariela said...

I had to see a photo myself after the mention of the gum wall. I thought for a minute that they had literally made a wall just from that but they just stick it on the wall ... totally gross by the way that people would want to taste them,lol. By the way, there is a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum in Florida and it is made to look like the upside down house.

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Sheila (bookjourney) said...

The tattoo picture..... BLAH.... but the gumball pic of the Prez.... thats pretty cool!

Count me in - on and loved the puppies but I am sitting here wondering what the mama dog looked like before the birth! WOW

Nancye said...

I thought the gum ball picture was amazing! That not only required a lot of hard work, but a lot of patience. Too cool!

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