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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter If You Dare

Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Enter If You Dare

Source: Public Relations Firm (William Wellons Communication)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Last year I had the great pleasure of reviewing Ripley's Believe It or Not: Seeing Is Believing! which was loads of fun and this time I can do it all over again! In this installment there are 12 chapters: Strange But True, Weird World, Extreme Sports, Body Oddity, Travel Tales, Incredible Feats, Bizarre Mysterious, Fantastic Food, Artistic License, Amazing Science, and Beyond Belief. It gives you a general outlook to the book with two-headed, 6 legged animals, 12 fingered hands,Giant Gummi Bears (1,400 times bigger than the average bear), and so forth. There are also fold out pages one of which features sixteen-year-old Jyoti Amge from India. She is 23.5 inches (60 cm) tall so the fold out pages is her actual height!

Some highlights that I found particularly interesting:

"Leandro Granto...paints pieces of art using only his eye as a paintbrush. First, he puts the paint into his nose, next he forces the paint up through his eye and finally squirts it into a canvas."

"the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals started a fat-fighting club for animals with weight problems, and Socrates the cat was one of the nine chosen animals. The fat cat...loves to eat cheese-and-onion potato chips and weighs a massive 22lb (10kg). This is more than double his ideal weight and makes him "morbidly obese".

Albino turtle! (It reminds me of a chicken....)

There were also some "Believe It or Not!" that were not so awe-shocking, but those were far and few. Overall Enter If You Dare is another excellent installment to this series that I think would be perfect and entertaining for any age!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare! releases on the 10th of August.

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