Ripley's Believe It or Not, National Tour to Discover Strange, Weird, & Unbelievable Items Comes to Pacific Science Center

Top Quote Ripley's is looking to buy items from the public at its "Bizarre Buying Bazaar" in Seattle, November 14 & 15. End Quote
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (1888PressRelease) October 21, 2014 - Not sure what to do with that two-headed cow that's been taking up space in the closet? Ripley's Believe It or Not! has a solution for you.

    Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Pacific Science Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. It's the ninth stop on a road trip to several cities in the U.S. and Canada to find and acquire items worthy of being part of the world-famous Ripley's Believe It or Not! collection.

    Edward Meyer, Ripley's VP of Exhibits and Archives, will review all items that come in and will make on-the-spot offers for items worthy of becoming Ripley's Believe It or Not! exhibits. For more than 35 years, Meyer has traveled the world collecting unusual stories and unbelievable items for the company. He has acquired over 20,000 different museum artifacts, as well as countless stories for its cartoon and books.

    What is Ripley's looking for at the Bizarre Buying Bazaar?

    "We're hoping to find oddities, artifacts, relics, strange things from science and nature, unusual artwork - the weirder the better," says Meyer.

    Meyer has purchased more than 100 items from the public at Bizarre Buying Bazaar events - everything from a rare New Guinea widow's finger chopper to a motorcycle created from cow, alligator and other animal bones to a lamp made from a taxidermy chicken. Items offered but not purchased included a $400,000 Lamborghini and what may be a Stradivarius violin worth an estimated $2. 5 million!

    Even if Ripley's doesn't acquire an item, its owner may still get an oddpraisal that means Meyer won't necessarily tell people what an item is worth, but will give them an idea of how unusual it is.

    "This is our first Bizarre Buying Bazaar held in the northwest, so I'm excited to see what kind of oddities we can find," said Meyer.

    How to participate in Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar

    There is no charge to bring an item to the Bizarre Buying Bazaar, but participants will need to print a voucher to use to enter Pacific Science Center.

    Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaar are encouraged to RSVP to Angela Johnson at Johnson ( @ ) ripleys dot com in advance and provide some details on the item they want to bring in dot That will allow Ripley's research team to see what they can find out about the particular items of interest in advance dot

    The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held on Friday, November 14 from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 6 pm at Pacific Science Center, located at 200 Second Ave N.

    Images of items purchased at Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar events are available at:

    Media Contacts

    Edward Meyer
    VP, Exhibits & Archives
    Ripley Entertainment Inc.
    407-345-8010 - office
    407-492-8256 - cell
    meyer ( @ ) ripleys dot com

    Katelyn Del Buco
    Pacific Science Center
    kdelbuco ( @ ) pacsci dot org.

    About Ripley Entertainment
    Ripley's Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 9 countries each year. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

    About Pacific Science Center
    Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.

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