10 Things We Learned at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

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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

The longest human nose in history belonged to Thomas Wedders, a Yorkshire circus side show entertainer in the 1700s, recorded at 19cm in length.

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

The diamond engagement ring originates from the Archduke Maximillian of Austria who gave his fiancee Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring in the 15th century.

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

Chimpanzees have a better short term memory than humans. That explains why we’re always losing our keys!

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

When couples in love gaze into each other’s eyes for three minutes their heartbeats become synchronised – one to try at home tonight.

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.

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