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
“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.