This 256-page encyclopedia of oddities offers a wealth of amazing stories and features showcasing unexpected and unimaginable people, places, and creatures from around the world.
• Incredible photographs and stories from around the world throughout
• 32 main articles featuring the most sensational entries, accompanied by a selection of fantastic images and intriguing text and captions
• Boxed features highlighting other key entries all with a fabulous accompanying image and its associated story
• Trivia boxes scattered throughout the book, offering bizarre collections of facts, all with some link to the rest of the unbelievable stories surrounding them
• Colorful mini-text highlight boxes
If you like books dealing with the weird, wacky and completely strange, then this is the book for you, it has everything from the bizzare world of Ripley's that you could ever want.
Pretty much most of what is in here is amazing and I have to trust the authenticity of the articles and images, however there was one item I had trouble believing, there was a picture of a Crocodile Hand Rattle, which you might say was pretty standard fare for Ripley's, however the fact that it was being called a 'Maori crocodile hand rattle from New Zealand' made me a wee bit suspicious as I have yet to see a crocodile in the wild here in New Zealand.
But aside from that possibly incorrect information it's still a great book to leave lying on the coffee table to encourage some really stimulating (and quite possibly bizzare) discussions.
Random listing from 'Books'...
Stay alive, stay astride, stay out of the water... Every November, the Scorpio Races are run beneath the chalk cliffs of Skarmouth. Thousands gather to watch the horses and the sea that washes the blood from the sand. The mounts are capaill uisce: savage water horses. There are no horses more beautiful, more fearless, more deadly.
To race them can be suicide but the danger is irresistible. Sean Kendrick knows the dangers of the ... more...
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