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Ripley's Believe It or Not! 100 Years Of The Bizarre!



The end of 2018 saw a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. For many it was a year that tested even the best of us. Volatility in the markets. Division and pleas for unity among the people. Plenty of ups and downs.
But with the month of December 2018, the world saw the 100th anniversary of a beloved curiosity, Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Originally focusing on sports feats in December of 1918, Robert Ripley began to focus his newspaper panels on the more strange, bizarre elements in the world.
Freak show exhibits were popular from way back in the 16th century. A time when people were unfortunately treated like oddities but were still fascinating to the 'normal' person. Funny enough, the strange and bizarre are more accepted and people in the modern age flaunt their odd features, whether they were born with them or (more often) created.
With the anniversary of Ripley's Believe It or Not! it was also announced that the television show (which I remember fondly with Jack Palance as the host) would be revived with horror icon Bruce Campbell to host. Surely joyous news indeed.
Happy 100th Anniversary Ripley's Believe It or Not! Though times have changed, I'm glad an institution like yours is still alive (and soon to be thriving!)




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