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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not 2009 (Preview)

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING hot on the heels of last year’s best-seller, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not offers a whole new feast of bizarre facts, fiends and freaks – all guaranteed to fascinate, surprise and amaze.

Stare in wonder at the man who swallowed a solid steel sword underwater; gasp at the pelican who ate a pigeon; and marvel at the man who swam down the Amazon, dodging piranhas, pirates and whirlpools.

Illustrated throughout with extraordinary colour photographs, this fascinating book is a must-have for anyone intrigued by the stranger aspects of our planet and its inhabitants.

In addition, look out for the brand new Ripley’s attraction, which opened in Piccadilly Circus in August 2008 and offers five floors of bizarre exhibits and interactive displays.

For more information you can also visit the fantastically vibrant website

Robert Leroy Ripley was the man behind the Ripley brand – a journalist, radio presenter and cartoonist, who was fascinated by the oddities of everyday life.

He was also passionate about travel and by 1940, at the age of 40, had visited 201 countries.

Combining these two interests he developed his own radio show – broadcast all over the world, even from underwater and snake pits – and also produced many cartoons, books, TV shows and film shorts.

He was voted the most popular man in America in 1936, and his brand continued to develop even after his death in 1949. It is now enjoying a huge resurgence through the advent of the internet and through publication of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not was published by Random House Books on October 2, 2008, priced £17.99.