The weird and wonderful Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in London’s Piccadilly Circus, is filled with extraordinary exhibitions and fascinating facts. So of course we wanted to pay a visit to the quirky attraction when we were last in London. Some of the incredible inventions definitely need to be seen to be believed, but we did learn a few interesting pieces of trivia which we’ve been telling everyone about since.
1) The more you nose
2) Man’s best friend
Lord Byron, the famous English poet kept a pet bear in his residence at Cambridge University. That’s one way to keep intruders out.
3) J’adore Francais
France is the most visited city in the world. We’re not too surprised at this one – from the romantic city of Paris to the glamourous French Riviera, there’s so many reasons to visit France that it must be on the top everyone’s bucket list.
4) Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
5) Caught in the rain
Mawsynram in India has the most rainfall annually. Looking out of the window we were sure that would be the UK.
6) Good questions
The question mark symbol is made by combining the first and last letters of the latin word qvaestio, meaning question.
7) We almost forgot this one
8) Making waves
In 1939 the first underwater post office was set-up in the Bahamas.
9) Keep your enemies close
Benjamin Disraeli, who served as British Prime Minster in the 1800s had a portrait of his arch-nemesis, William Gladstone at the bottom of his toilet bowl.
10) The look of love
Want to find out more freaky facts and see some of the crazy exhibitions for yourself? Ripley’s is a great fun-filled choice for a family break in London, or if you’re just a big kid at heart like the SuperBreak bunch.