Ball of Twine Controversy, UFO Phil, and is it Real or is it Fake?

We take a look into the great American Hoax this week on Ripley Radio, the official radio broadcast of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Sideshow historian James Taylor talks about the great fakes of all times that were presented as real in museum and circus shows, Ripley archivist Edward Meyer takes a look at the fakes and labeled as such, in the Ripley collection and we continue our series with author Jim Murphy who reveals some of the more contemporary hoaxes contained in his book, The Giant and How He Humbugged America.


  • Chad Lewis uncovers a controversy in which the owners of four different balls of twine claim theirs is the largest
  • Tim O’Brien promotes World Juggling Day, set for this Saturday, June 15 at 14 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums in three countries
  • The weird and wacky UFO Phil comes down from space long enough to talk with Ralf about being appointed the president of the planet by friendly aliens
  • Ripley artist John Graziano sits in and explains the process of how he comes up with enough unbelievable facts to fill the popular Ripley cartoon for 365 days a year!

Our musical egress this week is the up tempo and highly danceable new song by Selena Gomez, Come and Get it!



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