Ripley scoured the world in search of the strange, the
miraculous and the unbelievable -but all were documented
fact. He didn't have to scam the public by making the
stuff up like today's ridiculous Tabloidshe was lucky
enough to begin his search when the world still had
distant corners with less-changed places. Truth is stranger
than fiction - and Robert Ripley searched the world
over for the oddest events, the strangest characters
the most unbelievable oddities. But they are all true!
Believe It Or Not!
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Few kids growing up in the last half century did
not fall under the spell of Ripley especially after
the paperback book revolution put the many reprints
of the original newspaper Believe it or Nots back
in bookstores for well under a dollar!
Ripley began his careen as a sports cartoonist on
the New York Globe, and drew the panels that are so
distinctively a part of the Believe It or Not phenomena.
During his career searching out this stuff, he visited
198 countries, traveling a distance equal to 18 complete
trips around the world! Talk about sore feet!
The show sounds
like Bill Stern delivering these radio Ripley's
One Minute Shorts, with two stories per short
show. They are without commercials, allowing the local
station to sell the spots.
Collected for the amazement of succeeding generations,
these flashes of the world's wonder are still amazing.
Ripley's One Minute Shorts are actually 50
seconds. Believe It Or Not!
For other seemingly unbelievable facts, see also: Ripley's Believe It Or Not (15-minute format show), Can You Imagine That, Passing Parade and Strange As It Seems. For other short stories, see also Strange Adventure, Incredible But True,
Mysteries, Word Detective with Basil Rathbone, and Ellery Queen Minute