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Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Unlock the Weird 2017



Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Unlock the Weird!




Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has always been a family favorite and for the last 3 years a tradition to get my teenage son one for Christmas. We love to look through it together as a family and ooh and awe over all the cool, crazy and amazing people all over the world. I couldn’t wait to add it to this years Holiday Gift Guide.

The new 2017 book is Unlock the Weird and was available for purchase September 6th through all major booksellers. It covers different subjects such as world, animals, body, pop culture, transport, feats, art, food and beyond belief. Scan through all 245 pages of the brightly colored, crisp pictures- knowing that every single thing in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not book are all true and so incredible! I can’t wait to tell you about my favorites in each section!
Ripley‘s Believe It or Not: Unlock The Weird 
  • WORLD: Hair Offerings (pg 44)- In Tirumala, India, millions of pilgrims have shaved their heads as devotion to the Hindu god Vishnu. The local Temple receives donations of at least 20,000 devotees daily and employees more than 600 barbers. The hair is collected, sorted and the auctioned to extension makers all over the world which results in millions of dollars in revenue. The monies are used to maintain the Temple, fund charitable programs like building hospitals and schools, distributing 30,000 free meals daily to the poor.
  • ANIMALS: Tiny Egg- A chicken kept on a family farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales, laid an egg measuring only 1.8 cm (0.71 in) long- about the size of a dime.
  • BODY: Heart Rests- If you added up all the time that a persons heart rests between beats, you would find that it doesn’t beat for about 12 years out of the average lifetime!
  • POP CULTURE: Facebook Appeal- Manuel Parisseaux, who has Down Syndrome, received more than 61,000 cards for his 30th birthday. His father poster an appeal on Facebook and stated that there was so many cards that the USPS had to use a truck to deliver them to his home in Calais, France.
  • TRANSPORT: Toy Car- After his drivers license was taken away, 20 year old Texas State University Student Tara Monroe bought a $60 pink Barbie Jeep Power Wheel on Craigslist. She drove that around campus at its top speed of 5 mph.
  • FEATS: Baby Driver- Dutchman Max Verstappen drove in the 2015 Formula 1 season season when he was only 17. This is too young to drive unaccompanied on a public road in his homeland.
  • ART: Trash Icons- Nadia Luongo from Naples, Italy, has created portraits of pop cultures icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie using household trash and food items- such as bottle caps, buttons, recording tapes, beans and tomato ketchup.
  • FOOD: Mystery Machine- In Seattle, Washington Capital Hill neighborhood, at the center of the East John Street and 10th Avenue  East sits a secret- a vintage soda machine with all 6 buttons labeled “mystery”. The surprise is, is that the pop is always stocked , but for decades, no one has been able to figure out who has been behind the soda conspiracy.
  • BEYOND BELIEF: Gold Tooth- Among donations dropped into a Salvation Army collection kettle in Kansas City, MS in December 2014 was a gold tooth worth up to $100.

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My name is Nikki. I am a stay at home mom of 4. My oldest is getting ready to head off to college, the other almost in high school. We have 2 little ones also 3 years old and a newborn. I have a passion for writing and I love doing reviews to help other moms like me find the right stuff for my family.

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