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Bernard Hopkins, Schweddy Balls & Christopher Elliott’s Book of Scams

Bernard Hopkins, Schweddy Balls & Christopher Elliott’s Book of Scams

EPISODE 74

Would you eat Schweddy Balls? Actor Alec Baldwin made his Schweddy Balls famous in a “Saturday Night Live” skit years ago. Now, the lovable folks at Ben & Jerry’s have named their newest flavor, Schweddy Balls Ice Cream. We talk about the strange addition to the Ben & Jerry line-up this week on Ripley Radio.

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Bernard Hopkins checks in with us to talk about his upcoming “Believe It or Not! title fight against Chad Dawson next Saturday, Oct. 15.  Hopkins, the oldest fighter to ever win a major world championship, is a true Believe It or Not! and Ripley’s is creating an exhibit of his life as a champion that will be on display at a Believe It or Not! Odditorium in the future. The wax figure of Hopkins, that will be the centerpiece of the exhibit, will be unveiled during fight-week events in Los Angeles.

Additional random amazements discussed this week on Ripley Radio

 

  • Co-host Ralf reports on the 18th Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships. BTW, Monday, October 10 is World Porridge Day.
  • Intern Abby unveils some of the weirdest-themed wedding ceremonies, including one with a bizarre duck theme!
  • Consumer advocated Christopher Elliott visits us this week to talk about his new, upcoming book, “Scammed: How to Save Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles and Shady Deals.”
  • October is a big month at Ripley Entertainment properties across the country. We discuss several of the bigger celebrations, including the one at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  The macabre theme at that Smoky Mountain attraction is: “Backwoods Terror: You Just Made a Wrong Turn.”
  • A new segment, “Jackpotting with James Taylor,” premieres this week. Sideshow historian James Taylor talks about the colorful vernacular found in the golden years of the circus and sideshow industries. Find out what a grouch bag is.  (Not what you think.)
  • Ripley archivist Edward Meyer talks about the 15 toilet paper wedding dresses now in the Ripley collection as well as other toilet paper “art” he has acquired over the years.
  • We learn of a 100-year old Pine Tree that has become a tourist site in Japan. It stands alone surrounded by miles of devastation from the horrible tsunami.
  • AND we hear of a law in Wisconsin, the Dairy State, which prohibits serving margarine instead of “real” butter.

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