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Ripley’s Believe It or Not—Whatever you do, believe it…

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Welcome to the really weird and bizarre world of Mr. Robert Ripley. Believe it or not, this gigantic franchise got its start back in 1918 as a cartoon strip in a New York City newspaper.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!The San Francisco “Odditorium” on Fisherman’s Wharf is one of 35 Ripley museums around the world. Here you’ll find more than 10,000 square feet on two floors packed with weirdness, and much of it is interactive.

Highlights include Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson replicas made from candy, an original vampire killing kit, a replica of the San Quentin gas chamber, a 100-mirror maze with LED lighting and digital sound, a wedding dress made from toilet paper, a face symmetry simulator, and pictures burned onto toast.

The high gross factor throughout tends to thrill kids (they’ll love the 167-pound ball of human hair!). And check out the replica of a cable car made from 270,000 matchsticks!

Most people say they get a lot more out of the exhibits when they read the labels.

SF Waterfront Editors Recommend…

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! If You Dare!—From Booklist‘s review: “this oversize, hefty volume is so crammed full of human and animal oddities, supernatural sensations, incredible feats, and other general weirdness…it’s sure to have kids saying Gross! for a long, long time. Occasional Ripley’s Research boxes help explain the science, and an index allows readers easy access to their favorite tidbits. Plus it’s all in full color. Grades 5-7.” From School Library Journal: “Within the pages, readers will discover strange but true stories and facts including a real-life Spiderman, a tree that paints pictures, and a chandelier made entirely out of gummi bears. Full-color spreads provide insight into the strange occurrences and stories found around the world. Miscellaneous lists are scattered throughout, and multiple images hold readers’ attention.” About $17. Buy Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare!

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