Sunday, October 7, 2012



The all-new 9th title in the successful Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual series. As well as jaw-dropping images and strange facts, we present interviews, informative “Ripley’s Research” boxes, fascinating black and white photos from the Ripley archive, numerous lists, submissions from Ripley fans around the world–and a brand new Ripley’s Weird Records feature.

Ripley Publishing will again WOW! readers with its latest annual, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Download the Weird, an all-new collection of unbelievable stories from around the world.

But there’s a new twist to Download the Weird—readers can actually download the weird. The brand new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app allows hidden content in the book to COME ALIVE!

Here’s how it works: simply point a smart phone or advanced iPod at the special oddSCAN™ logos in the book and see that story come to life with exclusive bonus content, including videos and images. It’s a one-stop portal that will transport readers deep into the hidden world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! like never before.
Ripley fans will be thrilled to see that this newest title in the best-selling series has all the qualities that Ripley’s is known for. Download the Weird is jam-packed with an incredible array of crazy facts, stories, lists and interviews.
  • Meet the world’s oddest couple: he swallows swords, hedge trimmers and umbrella handles while she hangs upside down and lifts lead weights by her hair!
  • Learn why a California man has experienced more than 950 violent car crashes.
  • See tourists risk life and limb to get their picture taken with an 18-foot-long crocodile!
A special pullout section provides readers with weird Titanic facts; another features the incredible real-life story of the Elephant Man. A dramatic gatefold pullout features panoramic photos of the home of “Weird Steve,” where every room is crammed with thousands of strange curiosities—it’s impossible to look at just once! And this is just a small preview of the strange and unbelievable stories and photos within the book.

Download the Weird is sure to jump off the shelf with its brilliant contrasting colored cover, with eye-catching holographic foil and lenticular. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who is intrigued by all things weird and is guaranteed to entertain and shock every member of the family.
Louis Cole from London, England, has an appetite that defies belief. The daring digester has eaten some of the most disgusting things imaginable for his Internet videos, including 21 live locusts, over 600 wriggling mealworms in one sitting, and one very large and active scorpion—the creature’s stinger was sensibly left on the plate.
Willard Wigan, a sculptor from Birmingham, England, makes amazingly detailed microscopic sculptures, some of which measure just 0.0002 in (0.005 mm) tall—more than three times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. His figures can be viewed only under a microscope and magnified 400 times. They can fit on a single grain of sand or on the head of a pin, and he has even managed to fit nine camels into the eye of a needle.

Now, 97 of his stunning miniature artworks have been bought by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!—and most of them, the result of more than 40 years of painstaking carving, chipping and painting, could fit comfortably together inside a single matchbox.
Brooklyn-based, Polish-born artist Olek spends hundreds of hours covering cars and even people in crochet. In 2010, she wrapped Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull sculpture in crochet. In her most ambitious project yet, she has created an entire crocheted living environment. She covered the floors, walls and all of the furniture in a studio apartment measuring 15 x 14 ft (4.6 x 4.3 m) in bright, acrylic yarn.
Would your cat look good in a wig? There is a website now that caters for all your kitty wig needs.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT DOWNLOAD THE WEIRD is the latest collection of amazingly true tales found all around the world that have delighted and entranced readers for years. This year, Ripley’s has given readers an extra bit of fun with new technology. As the title suggests, readers are able to DOWNLOAD THE WEIRD by using an app and pointing to the special scan included in the book.

This is a fun and exciting bonus to the new issue and not only includes the norm that one expects from Ripley’s but also adds videos and extra content. The book itself is still filled with the amazing color photos and artwork that entertain even without the new technology section so please don’t feel you must use the download part if you prefer to enjoy this year’s book as usual.

From the always favorite person with long nails…as in 5 inch TOENAILS to the guy who set his record by putting on 211 pairs of underwear (guess he doesn’t need to check luggage), to the always useful tiny magnets inserted in your fingertips so you can pick up metal, and of course, who doesn‘t love a giant spider made of scissors, this year’s edition does not disappoint. With the new technology, RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT DOWNLOAD THE WEIRD is sure to be a hit again this year!


Carol N Wong said...

I love the microscopic men. Hope that you have a safe trip with no complaints from your jeep.

It is cool here,even though I have been in Texas for several years, this is my first autumn here.

Take care,

Carol N Wong said...
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holdenj said...

These types of books were always so popular when I volunteered in the elementary library!
Hope all is well!