Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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Robert Ripley

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! is an American franchise, founded by Robert Ripley, which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims.
LeRoy Robert Ripley (December 25, 1890 – May 27, 1949) was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur, and amateur anthropologist who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd facts from around the world.

Jim Pattison Group

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With 80-plus attractions, the Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment, Inc., a division of the Jim Pattison Group, is a global company with an annual attendance of more than 12 million guests.

Norbert Pearlroth

That same year, Ripley hired Norbert Pearlroth as his researcher, and Pearlroth spent the next 52 years of his life in the New York Public Library, working ten hours a day and six days a week in order to find unusual facts for Ripley.
Norbert Pearlroth (May 7, 1893 – April 14, 1983) was a professional researcher and polyglot, and the primary researcher for the Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoon panel from 1923 until 1975.

Charles M. Schulz

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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz's first publication of artwork was published by Ripley.
In 1937, Schulz drew a picture of Spike and sent it to Ripley's Believe It or Not!; his drawing appeared in Robert Ripley's syndicated panel, captioned, "A hunting dog that eats pins, tacks, and razor blades is owned by C. F. Schulz, St. Paul, Minn."

Bob Clarke (illustrator)

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Others who assisted included Clem Gretter (1941–1949), Bob Clarke (1943–1944), Joe Campbell (1946–1956), Art Sloggatt (1971–1975), Carl Dorese, and Stan Randall.
Clarke's earliest professional job was at the age of 17, as an uncredited assistant on the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" comic strip.

Ripley Publishing

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In 2004 Ripley Entertainment founded Ripley Publishing Ltd, based in the United Kingdom, to publish new Believe It or Not titles.
The company was set up in 2008 by Ripley Entertainment (owned by the Jim Pattison Group), owner of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! brand of museums, cartoons, television shows and books.

Paul Frehm

Ripley died in 1949; those working on the syndicated newspaper panel after his death included Paul Frehm (1938–1978; he became the full-time artist in 1949), and his brother Walter Frehm (1948–1989); Walter worked part-time with his brother Paul and became a full-time Ripley artist from 1978 to 1989.
Paul Frehm (1904 - 1986) was a cartoonist who worked on the comic strip Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Associated Newspapers (U.S.)

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In 1924, the panel began being syndicated by Associated Newspapers, (formed as part of a cooperative that had included the Globe).
Associated Newspapers syndicated Ripley's Believe It or Not! panel from 1924 to 1929, when he was lured away by King Features Syndicate.

Ripley's Bureau of Investigation

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The company produces the New York Times bestselling Ripley's Believe It or Not! Annuals, the children's fiction series Ripley's RBI, an educational series called the Ripley's Twists, the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Special Edition in conjunction with Scholastic USA and a number of other titles.
Ripley’s Bureau of Investigation is a series of children’s fiction books published by Ripley Publishing in the United States, and distributed by Random House in the United Kingdom and Icewater Press in Australia The series follows seven extraordinary pupils at the fictional 'Ripley High', based on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! founder Robert Ripley’s real-life mansion on a private island in Long Island Sound on the East Coast of the United States.

Elmer Fudd

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One animation history suggests that the Egghead character was based on Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoonist and entertainer Robert Ripley, while the name Elmer Fudd might have been a reference to the then-popular hunter Elmer Keith.

The New York Globe

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Ripley first called his cartoon feature, originally involving sports feats, Champs and Chumps, and it premiered on December 19, 1918, in The New York Globe.
The Globe was known for originating Robert Ripley's popular feature Ripley's Believe it or Not! in 1918.

Our Own Oddities

Other strips and books borrowed the Ripley design and format, such as Ralph Graczak's Our Own Oddities, John Hix's Strange as it Seems, and Gordon Johnston's It Happened in Canada.
The style of the panel was very similar to Ripley's Believe it or Not!.

Ripley Entertainment

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With 80-plus attractions, the Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment, Inc., a division of the Jim Pattison Group, is a global company with an annual attendance of more than 12 million guests.

Ernie Kovacs

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Clarke later created parodies of Believe It or Not! for Mad, as did Wally Wood and Ernie Kovacs, who also did a recurring satire called "Strangely Believe It!"
(a parody of Ripley's Believe It or Not! that was a regular feature of his television shows) and Gringo, a board game with ridiculously complicated rules that was renamed Droongo for the television show.

King Features Syndicate

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In 1930, Ripley moved to the New York American and was picked up by the King Features Syndicate, being quickly syndicated on an international basis.

It Happened in Canada

Other strips and books borrowed the Ripley design and format, such as Ralph Graczak's Our Own Oddities, John Hix's Strange as it Seems, and Gordon Johnston's It Happened in Canada.
It Happened in Canada was a syndicated Canadian cartoon feature by Gordon Johnston that presented Canadian facts and achievements in a manner similar to Ripley's Believe It or Not!.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2000 TV series)

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It is based on the Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

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Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were hired to write the script.
A script they penned about the life of Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe It or Not! was at one time attached to Jim Carrey, but like their scripts about The Marx Brothers, The Village People, and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. "Rainbow Man", it has yet to be produced.

Pall Mall (cigarette)

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Sponsors over the course of the program included Pall Mall cigarettes and General Foods.
On the radio, Pall Mall sponsored Ripley's Believe It or Not in the 1940s and The Big Story in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Baker's Broadcast

After his strange stories were dramatized on NBC's Saturday Party, Ripley was the host of The Baker's Broadcast from 1935 to 1937.
Ripley's role led to the use of the alternate unofficial title Believe It or Not (which was used for other radio programs that featured Ripley).

Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu

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Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu is a point and click adventure game based on Robert Ripley, the creator of Ripley's Believe It or Not!.

Daniel R. Edwards

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Daniel R. Edwards appears in the 1931 short film Ripley's Believe It or Not!, No.

Doug Storer

Doug Storer (1899–1985) was a radio producer, talent agent, and writer responsible for creating and producing radio programs from the 1930s to the 1960s, including Ripley's Believe It or Not! and Renfrew of the Royal Mounted.

Mutual Broadcasting System

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On April 14, 1930, Ripley brought "Believe It or Not" to radio, the first of several series heard on NBC, CBS and the Mutual Broadcasting System.