Ripley's Believe it or Not! annual books fascinate my teenage son. (After all, what teenage boy doesn't enjoy a good "can't bear to look but can't look away" kind of book? Check out 2013's annual Dare to Look or 2012's Download the Weird for examples.) This year's annual Reality Shock! is no exception.
Releasing this September, Reality Shock! has some really strange stories that might just shock you. (Or make you want to read more.) The content in this large hard covered book ranges from cute to creepy. You may find yourself spending a few hours browsing all 256 pages of extraordinary and bizarre things!
- ANIMALS – meet real-life wolf-man Werner Freund, who lives with a pack of wolves and feeds them directly from his mouth
- SPORTS – find out why the new British sport of bubble soccer is such a kick
- BODY – you won’t believe how a 56-year-old grandma can function with 18-inch long fingernails; she hasn’t cut them in 20 years!
- FEATS – Canadian Lonnie Bissonnette is like no other BASE jumper – he hurls himself off bridges in his wheelchair
- ART – learn about one photographer’s “Snot Shots” – they certainly are something to sneeze at
- FOOD – people at one festival dine on octopus – while it’s still alive!
I'm more a fan of the cute stories in this book. One of my personal favorites features a skateboarding mouse:
This section about near misses with cars was pretty amazing too:
These types of books are not for the faint of heart. If you or your kids enjoy bizarre stories and relish the opportunity to gross out your friends, then you will definitely be drawn to Reality Shock! My teen totally enjoyed sharing some gross facts with me that led to some pretty interesting conversations! And best of all, he wasn't staring at a screen.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! annuals are a great way to get your older kids excited about reading. It would make a great gift for birthdays, Christmas, or any special occasion.
Where to Purchase:
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Reality Shock is available in stores and online for $28.95. If you purchase at the previous link, for a limited time it is only $16.99 with free shipping (except Alaska, Canada, & Hawaii)!