Ripley's Believe It or Not: Expect the Unexpected


This, brand new 256-page, encyclopedia of oddities, broken down into eight sections (see below) offers a wealth of amazing stories and features showcasing unexpected and unimaginable people, places, and creatures from around the world.

Celebrated for discovering the world?s most unusual oddities, Ripley?s Believe It Or Not!? uncovers its third collection of weird, wacky facts from around the globe.

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This, brand new 256-page, encyclopedia of oddities, broken down into eight sections (see below) offers a wealth of amazing stories and features showcasing unexpected and unimaginable people, places, and creatures from around the world.

Celebrated for discovering the world’s most unusual oddities, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!® uncovers its third collection of weird, wacky facts from around the globe.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® EXPECT…THE UNEXPECTED is the latest oversized hardcover book filled with hundreds of astonishing, true-to-life tales about eccentric people, unbelievable places and remarkable creatures unlike any seen before. Packed with striking colour and archival black-and-white photographs that will thoroughly surprise - you won’t believe your eyes when you EXPECT…THE UNEXPECTED!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The third book in the popular series, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Expect... The Unexpected! collects oddities from around the world, including a Canadian who uses up to 500 used chewing gum sticks to mold his Gum Blonde portraits of gals like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton; and a Welsh electrocution artist ("The Great Voltini") who sends lighting shoots through his fingers with the help of 500,000 volts (he explains how). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This hefty volume is trimmed in day-glow orange with most of the front covered in green holographic bars that shift and shimmer. As the reader moves to one side, the holographic bars disappear to reveal a man's face covered in snakes. As usual, Ripley's Believe It or Not! features all the claims to the biggest, smallest, tallest, shortest, fattest, thinnest, and fastest. It also highlights some of the most unusual human body stunts and deformities. Quite a few of the entries are just plain bizarre. An artist in China makes gory looking body parts out of bread dough. The accompanying photo shows life-like bread limbs and decapitated bread heads suspended from meat hooks. Red food coloring is carefully painted on the bread. On another page in this book, under the heading "Dining on Toilets," a photo shows a family sitting down to a meal in a restaurant. Everyone sits on a closed toilet as they eat their meal from miniature toilets. Finding this interesting, weird, or just plain disgusting depends upon the reader's taste. The book itself is divided up into eight chapters with very generalized categories. "Strange World," "Weird and Wonderful," and "Simply Unbelievable" are three of the chapter titles. Each chapter has a "Back to the Archives" section showing black-and-white photos of strange feats and weird events from decades past. Each chapter also has full-page features on particular stunt-artists, sword-swallowing entertainers, fire-eaters, and daredevils. In one of these profiles, Lewis Pugh swims in the frigid waters of Antarctica. Throughout the book, special double-page spreads highlight the special artifacts on display at the Ripley Museums around the world. There are twoRipley Museums in Florida, and one each in New Orleans, Gatlinburg, Canada, England, and Australia. The pages in this book are visually busy, filled with wild, eye-catching photographs. The index in the back is several pages long. This is part of Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" series, which includes the titles Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Ripley's Believe It or Not: Planet Eccentric!, and Ripley's Believe It or Not: Expect…The Unexpected. 2006, Miles Kelly Publishing/Ripley Publishing, Ages 10 to 15.
—Sally J. K. Davies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893951129
  • Publisher: Ripley Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: ANNUAL Series , #3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 818,740
  • 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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