100 Years of Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Pop quiz: Can you guess how many of these strange stories are true?

  1. Neil Barret of San Francisco, CA sent in his letter or resignation... by cake.
  2. Tsutomu Yamguchi is the only known person to have survived both the nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  3. The United States Postal Service is older than the United States of America.
  4. Karl McClennan took 12 years of sick leave... then returned to work.

If you've ever seen the newspaper cartoon, Ripley's - Believe It or Not, you might have guessed that they're all true. Yes! You'd be close. All but one (see below) really did happen. Life is full of wonderful strangeness. And now, in 2018, "Ripley's" turns 100. What better time to watch the true story of Robert Ripley and his century-old franchise of bizarre events and unusual people? 

Access Video has a great documentary film about Robert Ripley's life and work. Just choose "Movies and TV" from the Online Library toolbar at the top of the kcls.org webpage. Log into Access Video with your KCLS library card number and PIN. Stream the Believe it Or Not video, or browse the extensive collection of documentary films. They're always available with your library card: no waiting lists!

You can also plug the phrase "Ripley's Believe It or Not" into the search box at www.kcls.org. There are almost 100 books to choose from including:


Did you know about cutting hair with fire? Blue lava?

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Or check out the original newspaper cartoons:

Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Cartoons 02

And speaking of the cartoons, here's the answer to the pop quiz: All of the claims (which come from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Cartoons volume 2) are true except for #2. About 165 people experienced both attacks. Tsutomu Yamguchi is the best known, and the only officially "twice-bombed person" recognized by the Japanese government.

Believe it... or not!

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