Planet Eccentric!

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Our 2nd book of facts about bizarre feats of the human, material and natural world. It is a solid reference work of the strange but true. It shows the world through Ripley’s eyes as something that is wonderful and weird, awesome in its variety, jaw-dropping in its uniqueness. This book juxtaposes the quirky, bizarre, outrageous world of people with the pure fascination of the natural and physical world.

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Overview

Our 2nd book of facts about bizarre feats of the human, material and natural world. It is a solid reference work of the strange but true. It shows the world through Ripley’s eyes as something that is wonderful and weird, awesome in its variety, jaw-dropping in its uniqueness. This book juxtaposes the quirky, bizarre, outrageous world of people with the pure fascination of the natural and physical world.

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Publishers Weekly
In the first of two titles for slightly older readers, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Planet Eccentric! delivers out-of-this-world, shocking and funny facts about some of history's most colorful feats, including a man who can squirt milk from his eye to a guy from the 1930s who played popular dance tunes on a Eureka vacuum as well as zany laws (e.g., in Minnesota, it's illegal to sleep naked). The front cover of this paper-over-board book is eye-catching: it's covered with hologram eyes that "watch" readers from every direction. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When Robert Ripley's first Odditorium opened at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, two million people lined the streets to see it. That hunger for the weird and wacky still draws millions to Ripley events and publications. Following on the heels of their best selling 75th anniversary book, this volume reveals the "planet eccentric," from obsessions to animal antics. Although the original Believe It or Not syndication appeared as cartoon strips, recent books display a stunning array of photographs and illustrations. The book's 3-D cover reels in readers with its blinking cue balls, and page after page of thrilling graphics take over. But don't forget to read the text, which offers an assortment of some 2400 purported facts about human and animal oddities. Some content from earlier volumes has been reincorporated, but there's much new material here. Readers are also encouraged to submit their own facts, so the Ripley phenomenon is largely home-grown and perhaps that's part of the magic. Bottom Line This is a fun book, meant to be eye candy and as such a success. It will circulate heavily in public and school libraries, so consider buying more than one copy. Recommended for popular browsing collections aimed at adult and young adult readers.-Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-The cover challenges readers to "Take a look at the world's weirdest facts," and the interior text and attention-grabbing color photos do not disappoint. This is an encyclopedic volume of oddities from Ripley's vast collection. A history of the collection created by New York Globe sports columnist Robert Ripley in 1928 to the present anchors the main text of the book. Categories include "Off the Wall," "Animal Antics," "Taking Life to Extremes," and "Life in the Fast Lane," creating a reality TV fan's dream. Random globe icons highlight unusual laws of the U.S. in the midst of a listing of the facts. The illustrations, however, may not be the best choice for impressionable or unsupervised children. The "Was That a Good Idea?" section pictures a performance artist doing handstands at 3000 feet. The "Totally Obsessed" chapter features the world's most pierced woman and insertion of nylon threads through eye ducts; "All-Consuming" highlights pictures of Matthew Biancaniello eating just about anything. Fascinating fare for the "Fear Factor" generation, but not for the weak-stomached, this volume delivers more than its share of weirdness, but buyer beware.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893951105
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ripley Publishing, the owner of the internationally famous trademark Ripley's Believe It or Not! As world authority on all that is unbelievable, the company offers up its vast archives of the strange and unusual through books, television shows, tourist attractions, motion pictures, merchandise and the worldwide syndication of its daily newspaper cartoon. Ripley researchers across the globe are busy each day digging deep into the world of the odd and bizarre to compile enough fresh an exciting material to fill the Believe It or Not! series of books published each year

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