To: Western Australia Public Schools
From: Editors, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Date: February 27, 2015
Thank you for agreeing to offer the latest edition of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in your school libraries. We pride ourselves on visually scarring children all over the world, and are honored to be included in the Western Australia school library collection. Please note that this book should be available to children of all ages. In fact, research shows that introducing children to horrific images when they are, say, seven or nine, results in permanent trauma.
We are pleased to offer you several discussion questions for families:
- Why do think this man was stabbed in the eyeball?
- What did you learn about fluorescent-light fighting in Japan, where professional wrestlers batter each other into submission with long glass rods?
- The section on self-mutilation features a full-page color photograph of a Thai man who has pierced his face with dozens of needles. Do you like to eat pad thai?
- Xu Tiancheng can do a headstand on a nail for 30 minutes. How long can you do a headstand on a nail?
- What is your favorite recurring nightmare?
We are confident that our book will provide lasting memories for your school community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you.