Ripley shows unusual athletic feats, a boy born with "clock" eyes, and a blind French monk who invented navigation laws.

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At a Greendale University reunion, alumnus, cartoonist Robert L. Ripley, addresses the students at Hitchcock Hall. Following an opening pun, he presents some oddities from around the world, many based on questions from the audience. The first two, tributes the college world, are a 220 yard run in a college football game, and a college woman sinking ten consecutive free throw baskets while blindfolded. The next two, in reference to US political history, are George Washington not being the first president in the United States, and a lie told by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg address. He then presents some of his drawings, first of a death march from the Kremlin to Siberia, and the poet Virgil who spent the equivalent of $100,000 on the burial of his pet dog. He then focuses on the interesting facts of individuals, including a blind French monk responsible for many of the laws of modern day maritime navigation, an Asian scholar who tied his ponytail to the ceiling so he wouldn't doze ... Written by Huggo

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Lesser Entry in the Series
31 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Believe It or Not #6 (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The sixth entry in the series has creator Robert L. Ripley returning his to college where he introduces some "believe it or not" stories from around the world. Included here are a few sports stories including a man at Lehigh who ran the length of a football field only to realize he ran the wrong way so he had to turn around and run it again. Other stories include how George Washington really wasn't our first President and how one man spent $100,000 to bury his fly. We also learn that Lincoln was a thief who stole several lines in his Gettysburg Address and we see Ripley draw a portrait of John Paul Jones. This series has always been hit or miss with me and here is another miss. I'm really starting to believe that Ripley was very uncomfortable in front of the camera as he appears very nervous and his delivery of the stories is really bland a lot of times. The stories themselves are mildly interesting but the majority of them are just flat.


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