We have been to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museums in Orlando and Key West, Florida. There is something so fascinating about them. Some things can be grotesque but most show you the edge of human limitation. In statistics, there is a thing called the bell curve. Imagine a graph shaped like a bell. The area in the middle is what we call normal. The areas at the two farthest ends are extraordinary. Ripley’s shows you these ends. They show you the amazing.
I remember as a younger man, I would read the Ripley’s books cover to cover. I always liked the feats of strength and endurance. Yes, the people born with hair over their entire body or the person with a growth that moves in fascinating but the people that chose to work at being in the book are the ones that I most respected. These are the biggest cake, the sword swallowers, and the bear wrestlers. I love that stuff.
Now they have gotten even better. Ripley’s has gone hi tech with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird. It is an app that allows you to access hidden content in the book. You scan the special logo with your phone and the weird comes to life for you. And the app is free with the book. Take a look at Ripleys.com and download the app on iTunes or you can get it for your Android. You can get the book on Amazon. I strongly recommend it for you or as a gift.