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I love random facts. Such as each year more than 14,000 tons of cosmic dust fall to Earth – an equivalent to the weight of more than 3,000 African elephants. While they aren’t exactly going to help you score high on the SAT, facts and curiosities are still things kids love to stuff their heads with. And the weirder, the better.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not has released the 6th book, Seeing is Believing, in their annual series. And it’s so stuffed full of facts, weird records, there’s always going to be something new to you.

Seeing is Believing isn’t all largest-pancake and eye-lid stretching men stories. There’s odd news stories from 2008, such as the mysterious rash of severed feet washing ashore in Canada. Every conceivable topic is covered here from space, animals, literary-related things, food, customs, science, peculiar cars, strange houses, and more.

There’s even a page dedicated to Scrabble facts (Did you know 30,000 games begin every hour worldwide?) and Houdini, with descriptions of his tricks. The typical sideshow fodder stories are here too, with a fold-out 2 page layout. My favorite is page 206, showcasing artist Jason Hackenwerth’s giant-sized monsters and creatures made completely of balloons. One, a sea horse, is pictured at right.

There’s some pages that aren’t for the squeamish or young – animals with malformations, insects being eaten, etc. If a topic does interest a child, some of the pages have an icon that indicates more information will be found on Ripleys.com

Seeing is Believing’s table of contents lets readers find exactly what topic they’re looking for – there’s quite a few – and there’s a comprehensive index. The page layouts burst with color and images with little white space leaving plenty for kids to discover.

Copy for review provided by the publisher.

Title: Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Seeing is Believing
Author: Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Date: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Ripley’s Publishing
Pages: 254
Format: Hardback

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