MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
The Médaille de la Famille française is a medal awarded by the French government to people who have raised large families.
- The name of the medal translates to Medal of the French Family
- It was created in 1920 under the name Medal of Honour of the French Family
- Reformed in 1982 and 83, the name of the medal changed and fathers were allowed to be given the decoration
- Three classes of medal exist:
- Bronze is given to parents of four or five children
- Silver is given to parents of six or seven children
- Gold is given to parents of eight or more children
- A family has to be recommended for the award through their local town hall
- An inquiry into the family is conducted, and if the report is positive, the medal is awarded
“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.