Mini Believe It or Not –

Blood donors in Sweden are sent a text message every time their blood saves a life!

  • Blood donation rates were declining
  • Sweden’s blood donation services partnered with a technology center that would auto-send a text when the donor’s blood was used to save a life
  • The new policy has been a huge hit on social media in Sweden, prompting other countries to consider adopting the program
  • Stockholm resident’s can visit a website which will tell them how much of their blood type is in stock


  • In Philadelphia there is a mobile blood donor clinic for dogs
  • Sheppard of Fort Myers, Florida, has given over 300 pints of blood in 60 years. His 39 gal (150 l) of blood has possibly saved almost 1,000 lives.
  • While donating blood, donors in Spokane Washington were treated to an exhibition of paintings hung on the ceiling above their heads.
  • The phrynosoma is a lizard that shoots blood from its eyes when angry
  • A 1977 comic book featuring the rock band KISS was printed with red ink that had been mixed with the band members’ blood!


“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.