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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Daliya Shapiro

Want to see a mummified cat? How about a replica of the Titanic made entirely of matchsticks? At any of the 32 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums around the world, you’ll be amazed by weird, wacky, and downright strange things.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Who Was Robert Ripley? An artist? An explorer? A collector of the cool and crazy? How about all of the above?RobertL.Ripley was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1890. He was an artist and a baseball player from a young age, and even tried out for the New York Giants, but an injury forced him to end his baseball career. What started as a job as a newspaper sports cartoonist turned into a lifelong pursuit of the weird and wacky.Ripley first worked as a cartoonist, drawing pictures to accompany stories and events for newspapers since photography wasn’t a part of newspapers in those days — the technology was too expensive, and transferring photos to newspapers was too complicated. SoRobert drew pictures to accompany the articles. 

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