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Believe It or Not (Second Series) #1 (1931)

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This first entry in the "Believe It Or Not" series of shorts visits northern Africa. Included are a look at the Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert, a waterfall whose under-surface builds up... See full summary »

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Robert L. Ripley ...
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This first entry in the "Believe It Or Not" series of shorts visits northern Africa. Included are a look at the Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert, a waterfall whose under-surface builds up because of lime deposits, a clock that strikes 13, and the Tree of Abraham, estimated to be 3500 years old. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Spoofed in Believe It or Else (1939) See more »

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Weird
20 October 2005 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This episode was on AMC recently as a filler between movies. Watching what the world was like in 1930 is not just weird, it is creepy. Robert Ripley shows what the predominant attitude of folks was back then thanks to his comments and observations. Apparently visiting ghettos and shack-towns was considered entertainment at the time. Ripley visits various Arab shack-towns and it is amazing to see how the Arabs are all deferential and have a very subservient attitude. If Ripley where alive now and he tried to visit those towns, it would be interesting to watch. One ghetto is made up of shacks and lean-tos all made of aluminum siding. Ripley claims that it is made from soda cans that are sent from America. That sounds like a bit of creative story-telling. At the end of the show Ripley does a large charcoal sketch on the side of a Arab Palace as a couple of locals hold a large canvas against the wall for him to draw on. Ripley was an amazing artist, that's for sure. The world was certainly very different in 1930.


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