Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Unlock The Weird! (ANNUAL)
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! has a tradition of finding the unique and unusual, the wild or just plain weird; this volume continues the Ripley’s tradition of seeking out the strange from around the globe to surprise, shock, and even sometimes disgust you with things you would never have imagined. With sections from Animals to Transport; Feats to Art to Pop Culture, every page is crammed with bright photographs and short blurbs for something new every time you dip into it – there is much too much here to read in one sitting. The short paragraphs work well for most items, although many leave you wishing for more information and ‘the rest of the story’; others you wish were accompanied by a picture or two. There is one huge, distasteful flaw: the sections on people are often dehumanizing, like putting people on display in a Freak Show for being conjoined twins, or having a tumor, or some other physical aberration. Although the book refrains from commentary, putting people in a book subtitled “Unlock the Weird” objectifies them; there is plenty of bizarre and curious minutia in our world without this type of alienation.
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