Iowans Featured in New Ripley's "Believe It or Not!" Book

Sep 25, 2015

Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the organization that collects and exhibits oddities from all over the world, has a new book Eye Popping Oddities that highlights a few Iowans.

Edward Meyer, Vice President of Exhibits and Archives, has been traveling the world collecting unusual stories and artifacts for more than three decades. 

"If you look at page 230 in the  new book, we have a photo of a guy who collected his fingernail clippings for over 10 years and sent me a paper weight made of them," he laughs. "It's probably buried under paper." 

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During this news buzz edition of River to River, Meyer talks with host Ben Kieffer about Kanzi, a 34-year-old male chimpanzee from Des Moines, a woman who ate 5 pounds of chicken wings in 3 minutes, and an archer from Fairfield who shoots his bow with his teeth. 

Also included in this show: Kieffer talks with Hans Hassel of Cornell College about U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he will retire at the end of October, and a conversation with Iowa Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra about steps he’s taking to try to stop a lawsuit between Des Moines Water Works and three counties in Northwest Iowa.