MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –

The Manchineel Tree has taken the title of world’s most dangerous tree for the sixth year in a row. 

  • The leaves and fruit of the tree superficially resemble an apple tree
  • The tree’s Spanish name, manzanita de la muerte, means “Little apple of death”
  • One bite of the tree’s fruit can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding, or death
  • Touching the tree’s sap, even if it’s been diluted, can cause blistering
  • Don’t try burning the tree either because the smoke can cause blindness

MINI BION

“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.