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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Celebrates 'A Century Of Strange'

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Celebrates 'A Century Of Strange'

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Celebrates 'A Century Of Strange'

December marks the 100th anniversary of the day Ripley’s Believe It Or Not made its debut. Creator Robert Ripley started a newspaper cartoon, which he helped build into a media juggernaut that includes books, TV shows and “odditoriums” around the world. But the oddity empire seemingly has no plans to slip quietly into that weird night,…

December marks the 100th anniversary of the day Ripley’s Believe It Or Not made its debut.

Creator Robert Ripley started a newspaper cartoon, which he helped build into a media juggernaut that includes books, TV shows and “odditoriums” around the world.

But the oddity empire seemingly has no plans to slip quietly into that weird night, based on the photos from its latest book, A Century of Strange.

As tradition dictates, the new book features freaky photos and bizarre facts about the strangest people, animals and other oddities in the world.

For instance, there’s the woman in Portland, Oregon, who got her snake caught in her earlobe, and the hospital in Portugal that keeps the pickled head of a serial killer on display. 

A Century of Strange hits stores Aug. 24, but Ripley’s is giving HuffPost a preview of some of its more unbelievable photos.

  • In January 2017, Ashley Glawe, of Portland, Oregon, got her pet snake caught in her gauged earlobe. The curious critter slith

  • For two years, Steven Warden, a hair salon owner from Cambridge, Ohio, has been gluing hair from clients into a giant ball. T

  • In 1841, Portugal executed its very first serial killer, Diogo Alves, who killed about 70 people in a three-year period. Afte

  • Bats are considered a delicacy in various Asian and Pacific Rim countries, but gourmets in Palau, Micronesia, prefer to serve

  • Danielle York of Manchester, New Hampshire, had a sweet encounter with internet fame in November 2016 when she found a Walmar

  • Mary Clancey, of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, lost 180 pounds in one day after doctors removed a massive 140-pound cyst f

  • Pop Pasta, a Brooklyn-based restaurant, serves savory doughnuts made from spaghetti. Based on a traditional Neapolitan recipe

  • Portuguese artist Sergio Odeith paints optical illusions on different surfaces, including 90-degree corners.

  • In 2011, a two-headed bull shark fetus was discovered off the Florida Keys. The discovery was so rare that the conjoined bull

  • While working on a biodiversity survey in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, entomologist and photographer Piotr Nas

  • Los Angeles-based dancer Solto Esengulov morphs his body in ways that seem impossible. Some of his moves include flipping ont

  • Colorado artist Michael Papadakis uses mirrors and magnifying glasses as paintbrushes to burn drawings onto wooden canvases.

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