Robert Ripley sounds like he would have been a very interesting man of his time. He travelled the world seeking out all the strange and wonderful oddities that it contained. Can you imagine what the world would have looked like in the 1920s? Ripley would have seen things that would have blown your mind. I just love his quote:“I have travelled in 201 countries including Hell (Norway), and the strangest thing I’ve seen was man”.
Nowadays, Ripley’s legacy lives on through his museums. At Surfer’s Paradise the “Believe It or Not” museum is an entertaining way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon. Explore the weird artifacts Ripley collected on his trips; make a complete arse of yourself by contorting your body in a two-way mirror *BLUSH*; and watch an eclectic collection of freaky videos.
However, I was deeply disappointed with the broken fortune teller Zoltar.
Giving it a kick and a few shoves didn’t even bring it back to life and make my wishes come true!!!
If you have never watched Tom Hanks’ movie “BIG” this fairground attraction may be lost on you.
Now what I’d like to know is how the hell did Ripley’s get 3 shrunken human heads through Australian customs? And I am talking real human heads, all the way from South America, that have been repeatedly boiled to shrink them.
Anyone that has had the pleasure to pass through Australian customs will know they are the strictest customs in the world. I love to collect tat from my worldly travels, but Australian customs have not got the same sentiment to my travel memorabilia. Over the years I have had a cobra skin, a Bornean blowpipe and believe it or not, a live stowaway spider confiscated. I’m sure they would have all looked great in Ripley’s museum.
What’s the oddest thing you have brought back (or had confiscated at customs) from your travels?
Info: Ripley’s has attractions all around the world. Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not! is located in Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise. It’s open every day of the year, 9am till late. An adult ticket will set you back $22.90.