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Title:
Ripley's believe it or not! encyclopedia of the bizarre, amazing, strange, inexplicable, weird, and all true!
Author:
Mooney, Julie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
318 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Summary:
An illustrated collection of oddities that are decidedly bizarre.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Abilities & Achievements Accidents & Disasters Agriculture & Sustenance Animals & Insects Anthropology & Archaeology Architecture Art Beauty, Grooming and Hygiene Beliefs & Superstitions Birth Body & Mind Business & Advertising Clothing, Jewelry & Fashion Coincidences Communication Contests & Prizes Customs & Etiquette Death Entertainment Environment Exploration & Discovery Family Life Feats & Stunts Food & Drink Games & Pastimes Geography Geology & Natural Phenomena Government & Politics Nabits & Eccentricities Nobbies & Crafts Nolidays, Festivals & Celebrations Illusions Inventions Labor Language Law Lies, Scams & Noaxes Literature Love & Marriage Mail & Postage Manufacturing, Retail & Products Medicine Models, Miniatures & Replicas Money & Finance Music & Dance Names Objects Occult Photography Plants, Irees & Fungus Prophecies Puzzles & Riddles Records Religion & Philosophy Royalty & Nobility Science & Technology Sports Time Travel & Transportation Unexplained Vacation & Tourism Weapons & Warfare Weather
Added Uniform Title:
Ripley's believe it or not (New York : 1965)
ISBN:
9781579122164

9781579123994
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AN ASTONISHING TOUR OF THE MOST BIZARRE AND AMAZING OCCURRENCES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE!

Ripleys Believe It or Not! Encyclopedia of the Bizarre is the weirdest, wackiest, most outrageously srange collection of feats, stories, facts and records-- all real and all recorded by the editors of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
More than 6,000 mind boggling oddities!
More than 1,400 eye-popping photographs, illustrations and cartoons!
Covers every subject including Accidents and Disasters; Feats and Stunts, Prophecies, Coincidences, Animals, Human Anatomy, Sports, Weather, Architecture, Archaeology, the Unexplained and more!

IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!

WHERE ELSE CAN YOU LEARN THAT: AN ESTIMATED 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 SNOWFLAKES HAVE FALLEN TO THE EARTH SINCE THE EARTH WAS FORMED! QUEEN ISABEAU OF BAVARIA USED A MIXTURE OF BOAR'S BRAINS, CROCODILE GLANDS, AND WOLF BLOOD AS SKIN LOTION! ALFRED LANGEVIN COULD SMOKE A PIPE, PLAY A RECORDER, SMOKE A CIGARETTE AND EVEN BLOW UP A BALLOON THROUGH HIS EYE! ANNA BREAD MARRIED JOHN BUTTER IN LEEDS, ENGLAND, APRIL 22, 1926! PHIL TURCO OF MADISON, WISCONSIN, SWALLOWED 339 GOLDFISH IN TWO HOURS!


Author Notes

Robert Ripley began creating his fascinating and immensely popular cartoons in 1918. Today, Ripley Entertainment continues this tradition with 26 museums around the world. Julie Mooney has written many books, including Black Dog's bestselling The World of Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Abilities & Achievementsp. 8
Abilities and Achievements of Children
Abilities and Achievements of the Disabled
Abilities and Achievements of Seniors
Awards and Honors
Dexterity and Flexibility
Endurance and Strength
Extraordinary Mental Abilities
Unusual Abilities
Chapter 2 Accidents & Disastersp. 16
Accidents
Animal Attacks
Natural Disasters
Weapon Wounds
Rescues
Survivors
Accident Prone
Embarrassing Accidents
Chapter 3 Agriculture & Sustenancep. 25
Farming
Fishing
Herding
Chapter 4 Animals & Insectsp. 28
Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Animals
Domestic Animals
Wild Animals
Chapter 5 Anthropology & Archaeologyp. 43
Ancient Civilizations
Archaeological Sites
Artifacts
Human Ancestors
Mummies
Anthropologists and Archaeologists
For Archaeologists of the Future
Chapter 6 Architecturep. 46
Ancient Structures
Apartments
Arenas
Bridges
Castles and Palaces
Churches and Places of Worship
Cities and Towns
Farm Structures
Fountains
Gardens
Hospitals
Hotels
Houses
Landmarks
Lighthouses
Monuments and Statues
Odd Structures
Office Buildings
Plumbing
Prisons
Public Buildings
Restaurants
Roads and Parking Structures
Stairs
Theaters and Opera Houses
Tunnels and Sewers
Walls and Gates
Water Structures
Windmills
Chapter 7 Artp. 58
Artists
Animal Artists
Exhibitions, Galleries and Museums
Materials
Reproductions
Works of Art
Chapter 8 Beauty, Grooming and Hygienep. 66
Barbering and Hairstyling
Bathing
Beauty Regimens
Cosmetics and Toiletries
Hygiene
Tattooing, Body Piercing and Cosmetic Surgery
Chapter 9 Beliefs & Superstitionsp. 70
Chapter 10 Birthp. 72
Pregnancy
Birth
Chapter 11 Body & Mindp. 74
Chapter 12 Business & Advertisingp. 79
Advertisements
Signs
Business Cards
Business Procedures
Chapter 13 Clothing, Jewelry & Fashionp. 81
Accessories
Jewelry
Eyewear
Hats
Jackets and Coats
Shirts and Blouses
Sweaters
Trousers
Skirts
Dresses
Shoes
Socks and Stockings
Undergarments
Sleepwear
Swimwear
Ensembles
Materials
Costumes
Clothing Trends
Laundering
Well-Dressed
Chapter 14 Coincidencesp. 87
Coin Toss
Close Calls
Coincidental Dates
Coincidental Deaths
Coincidental Names
Coincidental Occurrences
Coincidences Across Time
Coincidences in Families
Doppelgangers
Lost and Found
Cursed
Luck, Bad
Messages in Bottles
Natural Coincidences
Reunions
Numeric Coincidences
Recurring Coincidences
Chapter 15 Communicationp. 96
Antiquated
Email and Internet
Radio
Telephone
Television
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Unusual Forms of Communication
Chapter 16 Contests & Prizesp. 99
Contests
Prizes
Winners
Losers
Chapter 17 Customs & Etiquettep. 103
Customs
Etiquette
Folk Ways
Taboos
Chapter 18 Deathp. 106
Brushes with Death
Causes of Death
Dying
Funerals
Burial and Cremation
Mourning and Remembering
Graves
After Death
Chapter 19 Entertainmentp. 117
Actors and Actresses
Cinema
Comedy
Magicians
Radio
Stage
Television
Theaters
Vaudeville and Variety
Circuses, Fairs and Exhibitions
Chapter 20 Environmentp. 122
Recycling
Resources
Threats to the Environment
Trash into Art
Chapter 21 Exploration & Discoveryp. 124
Discoveries
Expeditions
Explorers
Chapter 22 Family Lifep. 127
Families
Fatherhood
Motherhood
Siblings
Grandparents
Genealogy & Heredity
Chapter 23 Feats & Stuntsp. 129
Chapter 24 Food & Drinkp. 137
Cook Books and Recipes
Cooking and Serving
Dining Customs
Feasts
Beverages
Foods
Chapter 25 Games & Pastimesp. 145
Billiards and Pool
Bingo
Board Games
Bowling
Card Games
Checkers and Chess
Darts
Dice
Horseshoes
Video and Arcade Games
Uncommon Games
Unusual Pastimes
Chapter 26 Geographyp. 149
Borders and Territories
Islands
Nations
States
Streets
Cities, Towns and Villages
Sovereign Nations
Chapter 27 Geology & Natural Phenomenap. 152
Canyons
Caves
Deserts
Earthquakes
Falls
Glaciers and Ice Formations
Islands
Lakes and Bays
Mountains
Oceans and Shores
Rivers and Streams
Rock Formations
Sinkholes
Tectonics
Volcanoes
Waterholes and Geysers
Chapter 28 Government & Politicsp. 157
Ancient Governments
Foreign Governments
Tribal Government
United States Government
Ambassadors and Diplomats
Political Customs
Political Leaders
Presidents
Nonhuman Politicians
Bureaucracy
Political Parties
Taxes
Voting
With One Vote
Chapter 29 Nabits & Eccentricitiesp. 162
Dining Habits
Dressing Habits
Personal Habits
Eccentrics and Odd Characters
Chapter 30 Nobbies & Craftsp. 165
Bird Watching
Carving, Whittling and Woodwork
Chains
Collections
Modeling
Unusual Hobbies and Crafts
Chapter 31 Nolidays, Festivals & Celebrationsp. 167
Birthdays
Valentine's Day
Easter
Mother's Day
Independence Day
Halloween
Thanksgiving
Christmas
New Year
Festivals and Celebrations
Chapter 32 Illusionsp. 173
Human-Made Illusions
Naturally Occurring Illusions
Chapter 33 Inventionsp. 175
High-Tech Inventions
Yesteryear's Inventions
Indispensable Inventions
Inventors
Chapter 34 Laborp. 181
Family Trades
First in Their Field
Hazardous Occupations
Length of Occupation
Odd Occupations
Dedicated Professionals
Successful Careers
Unions, Strikes and Layoffs
Wages
Chapter 35 Languagep. 184
Alphabets
Expressions
Languages
Misnamed
Plurals
Pronunciation
Punctuation
Symbols
Translations
Words
Chapter 36 Lawp. 188
Courts
Laws
Lawyers
Judgments
Judges
Jurors
Legislation
Trials
Wills
Chapter 37 Lies, Scams & Noaxesp. 195
Chapter 38 Literaturep. 197
Folk Tales and Children's Stories
Magazine and Newspapers
Novels
Nonfiction Works
Plays
Playwrights
Poetry
Poets
Writers
Libraries
Chapter 39 Love & Marriagep. 201
Bachelors and Spinsters
Love
Courtship
Engagements
Weddings
Married Life
Divorce
Widowhood
Anniversaries
Chapter 40 Mail & Postagep. 209
Addresses
Delivery Methods
Items Mailed
Packaging
Postage
Slow Deliveries
Unlikely Deliveries
Chapter 41 Manufacturing, Retail & Productsp. 211
Manufacturing
Products
Stores
Services
Chapter 42 Medicinep. 215
Antiquated Medicine
Folk Remedies
Medical Innovations
Illnesses
Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors' Offices
Dentistry
Optometry
Psychiatry
Surgery
Recoveries
Health and Fitness
Doctors, Surgeons and Nurses
Patients
Chapter 43 Models, Miniatures & Replicasp. 221
Models
Miniatures
Oversized Objects
Unusual Materials
Chapter 44 Money & Financep. 225
Currency
Auctions, Sales and Exchanges
Banking
Financiers
Fares, Fines and Fees
Gold and Silver
Insurance
Lotteries and Wagers
Philanthropy
Ransoms
Real Estate
Saving and Investing
Stocks and Bonds
Treasure
Wills
Cost of Living
Poverty and Wealth
Chapter 45 Music & Dancep. 233
Musical Instruments
Composers
Musical Works
Musicians
Performances
Singers
Songs
Dance
Dancers
Chapter 46 Namesp. 237
Business Names
Family Names
Individuals' Names
Place Names
Chapter 47 Objectsp. 242
Clocks and Timepieces
Cookware and Cutlery
Dinnerware
Furniture and Decor
Household Appliances
Lighting
Personal Objects
Toys
Miscellaneous Objects
Chapter 48 Occultp. 246
Ghosts
Witchcraft
Creatures of the Night
Chapter 49 Photographyp. 248
Photography's Beginnings
Cameras and Photographic Equipment
Photographic Subjects
Motion Picture Photography
Photographers
Chapter 50 Plants, Irees & Fungusp. 252
Flowers
Plants
Mushrooms and Other Fungus
Trees
Lumber and Forestry
Chapter 51 Propheciesp. 256
Foreshadowed Events
Prophesied Death
Prophets
Soothsaying
Visions of the Future
Chapter 52 Puzzles & Riddlesp. 259
Word Play
Chapter 53 Recordsp. 261
First
Deepest
Heaviest
Largest
Longest
Loudest
Most
Northernmost
Oldest
Smallest
Tallest
Youngest
Chapter 54 Religion & Philosophyp. 265
Buddhism
Christianity
Hinduism
Islam
Judaism
Acts of Devotion
Sacred Objects and Religious Items
Sacred Sites
Temples, Churches and Shrines
Blessings
Curses
Philosophers
Chapter 55 Royalty & Nobilityp. 271
Caliphs, Chiefs, Khans and Sultans
Emperors and Empresses
Kings and Czars
Queens
Princes and Princesses
Young and Old Rulers
Strange Coronations
Nobility and Aristocracy
Chapter 56 Science & Technologyp. 276
Computing
Genetics
Physics
Pseudo-Science
Research
Robots
Scientists
Chapter 57 Sportsp. 278
Archaic Sports
Archery
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Cycling
Fencing
Fishing
Football
Golf
Hockey
Olympics
Polo
Tennis
Racing
Running
Skiing
Soccer and Rugby
Walking
Water Sports
Wrestling
Cheerleading
New Sports
Unusual and Exotic Sports
Chapter 58 Timep. 285
The Beginning of Time
Calendrical Time
Tricks with Time
Time As It Is Measured Elsewhere
Odd Hours
Changing Times
Chapter 59 Travel & Transportationp. 287
Antiquated Travel
Air Travel
Automobiles
Animal Transportation
Roads and Highways
Ships and Other Watercraft
Trains
Walking and Carrying
Unusual Forms of Transportation
Maps and Navigation
Chapter 60 The Unexplainedp. 294
Fate Unknown
Mysterious Disappearances
Mysterious Places
Unexplained Phenomena
Unidentified Creatures
Unknown Forces
Chapter 61 Vacation & Tourismp. 297
Lodging
Dining
Museums
Tourist Attractions
Chapter 62 Weapons & Warfarep. 301
Warfare
War Machines
Weapons and Armor
Chapter 63 Weatherp. 305
Atypical Weather
Forecasting
Atmospheric Phenomena
Extreme Temperatures
Thunder and Lightning
Hurricanes
Freak Storms
Floods
Tsunamis and Wild Seas
Tornadoes
Snow
Rainfall
Odd Rain
Indexp. 309

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