Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ripley's Believe It or Not! military stories told by Edward Meyer

Edward Meyer
Ripley's Believe It or Not! has been collecting the world's most amazing artifacts and stories for more than 90 years. You might have been to one of Ripley's 32 museums and seen the shrunken heads, giant crocodiles, or any number of other unbelievable finds.

But beyond these artifacts, Ripley's has also been chronicling amazing stories from our military over the past nine decades. Few people know that Ripley's founder Robert Ripley was a tremendous supporter of the military. He lived from 1890 to 1949. And although he did not serve in WWI (he claimed his mother and brother as dependents), he spent significant effort doing charitable fundraisers during WWII.

In addition, Ripley often featured military stories in his famous cartoons, books, and radio and TV shows. He ran an international contest in 1932 to find stories for his collection, military-related and otherwise. Out of the more than 1 million submissions that poured in, it was a WWI story that caught Ripley's eye the most. It won the contest.

Since then, Ripley's Believe It or Not! has collected many more stories that recognize the service, sacrifice, heroism, and courage of our nation's military. And one of the best people to tell them is Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits and Archives for Ripley's Believe It or Not!

In fact, we had the pleasure of interviewing Edward recently about these stories, including the WWI story that won Ripley's first international contest. Hit play, sit back, and enjoy. The stories you're about to hear are all true, and truly unbelievable.

These stories show the lengths our military has gone and will continue to go to serve its fellow countrymen. Thank you, Edward, for sharing their stories with us and helping continue Robert Ripley's legacy and patriotism. And thank you to the military members who are the reason we share these stories today.