Hexes, Sword Swallowing & Stone Man’s Syndrome

It’s World Sword Swallowers Day on Saturday, February 22, and more than 30 performers will be displaying their dangerous art at 15 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums and at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. The originator of this weird and strange event is Dan Meyer and he stops by to tell us why the day is so special AND important not only to fans of the sideshow arts, but to the world medical community as well. We also hear from Alexandra Chauran on the February 17 edition of Ripley Radio, the official radio program of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The author of “Have You Been Hexed?” she will educate us on how to tell if we’ve been hexed, and as a bonus, she’ll tell us how to put a hex on someone else!


  • Jodi Pliszka talks about Stone Man’s syndrome, a condition in which a person’s muscles turn into bone; Ralf talks with Pasco County (Fla.) sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin about a man who was shot as he drove along in his car, not realizing immediately that he was shot.
  • Angela updates us on Ripley’s two touring shows, one in San Diego and one in Phoenix.
  • John Graziano, Ripley’s official illustrator joins us in the studio and explains how it took him 25 years to land his dream job.
  • Lynn Waddell, author of “Fringe Florida,” is also an in-studio guest and talks about the strange and wild exotic animal sanctuaries in the state of Florida.

Shakira, with the help of Rihanna, provides us with this week’s musical egress, Can’t Remember to Forget You.

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