Ripley's Believe It or Not! has intrigued me since I've known about it. The oddities and weird facts may not be life learning lessons that I need to know about but they sure are interesting. Someday I'd love to visit one of Ripley's Believe It or Not! attractions. Until then, I'll be pacified by reading their publications.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Download the Weird is the latest annual from Ripley Publishing. It is a hardback book with a holographic foil cover with 256 pages of strange stories, pictures, facts and figures. What makes Download the Weird new from other Ripley's publications is that readers can use the Ripley's Believe It or Not! app to access a variety of hidden bonus content, including videos and images. Just download the app (available for Apple or Android), the book bundle and then look for the oddSCAN logos in the book. Scan the page with a smartphone and watch the stories come to life.
Me and the kids have engulfed ourselves in this illustrative book. I could immerse myself for hours reading everything in this book and still find new and interesting things the next time I read it. It's FULL of entertaining facts and information about all sorts of weird happenings, feats, animals and people around the world. There's photos for almost every story. The kids love this book as much as I do. I keep it out on the coffee table and it seems to get picked up every night by one of the kids to scan it and learn even more fascinating stuff. It definitely sparks conversation and "would you do that" questions. There are images on a few of the pages that may be disturbing to some people. I'm immensely pleased with this book and will keep it for years, to read and reread several times. I dont' have a smartphone so I've not been able to use the Ripley's Believe It or Not! app. I'm sure it'd further enhance the experience if I had the app but I don't feel like I'm losing out. The book in itself is entertaining enough.