Tag Archives: Download the Weird

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird by Geoff Tibballs (Compiler)

My son and I like looking through these books together to see who can gross the other one out with the weirdest things.  I usually lose, but we both end up in hysterics!

Some of the grossest things we found in this edition included:

  • the gardener who accidentally impaled himself through the eye with a pair of gardening shears (p. 112)
  • the biologists at Cambridge University who genetically engineered E. chromi bacteria to change the color of feces depending on ailments in the subject’s body (p. 98)
  • the “vomit artist” Millie Brown, who consumes soy milk mixed with food dyes before sticking her fingers down her throat to make herself vomit onto the canvas (pp. 206-7)

There are plenty of interesting things that are NOT completely disgusting, as well.  Some of our favorites were:

  • the Gum Man, Chris Antes, who can sculpt gum into intricate shapes without his hands (p. 216)
  • the panda suits worn by keepers at the panda conservation centers in western China (p. 54)
  • the SEGA game “toylets” found in urinals in Japan which measure the strength and accuracy of the gamer’s aim while peeing (p. 168)

Happy Teen Read Week!