Thursday, 1 December 2011

FACTUAL REVIEW: Ripley's Belive It or Not! 2012 - Robert Le Roy Ripley

Release Date: 17/11/11


Following hot on the heels of last year's best-selling edition, "Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2012" offers an entirely new compendium of bizarre facts and features in a stunning new design, including a section on the wacky and amazing feats of the Olympic games past and present, and an 8-page pull-out featuring Ripley's first ever odditorium, which opened in 1933. For the legions of dedicated Ripley's fans, and anyone else on the planet who loves unbelievable facts and jaw-dropping images, the latest annual in the bestselling series is a feast of delights. Meet the man who chews molten lead, the cat that can predict death, the vending machine that dispenses live crabs and the artist who paints portraits with burger grease. Intriguing interviews with some of the astounding individuals who feature in the book spotlight their achievements and reveal their motivations, and informative 'Ripley's Research' boxes give the scientific explanation behind some of the most incredible tales, such as how people have turned their fingers into magnets.


Every year when a new Ripley’s arrives I can’t wait to have a look through at the weird and the wonderful things that they’ve discovered and updated this year. There’s images of the weird, the unusual and the macabre although to be honest I’m never a hundred percent sure of the market to which its aimed as for me, children would get a lot out of it yet some of the content such as the chicken heads isn’t suitable.

Likewise with everything on hand with the internet you do wonder if perhaps they’re missing a trick or two such as splitting the book into sections and having more pictures and greater depth stories. All in, it’s well-done title, the factoids are interesting and the book is a lot of fun to flick through just be careful if you’re letting anyone under twelve flick through.

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