Jorge Ivan Latorre Robles – The Man Who Can Stretch his Skin, Pop his Eyes and Dislocate his Joints
24 year old Jorge Ivan Latorre Robles from Puerto Rico was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a condition that affects his body’s production of collagen, causing the skin to loosen.
And so he has some very unusual talents, including being able to stretch his skin, pop out his eyes and dislocate his joints.
Ibrahim Hamadtou – Armless Table Tennis Star
Ibrahim Hamadtou of Egypt lost both his arms in a train accident when he was ten years old.
He has since gone on to become a world-class table-tennis player, holding the bat in his mouth and serving the ball by flicking the ball up with his foot.
He won the silver medal at the African Para Table Tennis Championships.
Nikki Shelley’s Scary Selfies
Self-taught mother-of-three Nikki Shelley, from Warwickshire, England, uses face paint to transform herself into scary monsters, zombies and ghouls that look as if they have stepped straight out of a horror movie.
Her creepy characters have proved so popular that her pictures have gone viral on Facebook, winning her thousands of likes.
Mike Drake’s Fingernail Paperweight
This fingernail paperweight contains a year’s worth of New Yorker Mike Drake’s fingernail and toenail clippings.
The paperweight features a total of nearly 500 nail clippings encased in acrylic.
Niwat Otthon – Furthest Moonwalk
16 year old Niwat Otthon stepped backward in a continuous Michael Jackson-style moonwalk for a record-breaking distance of .75 miles (1.2km).
She achieved this at an event organized by the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum in Pattaya, Thailand in 2014.
Melynda Moon – The Elf-Eared Woman
Convinced that she was an elf in a past life, Melynda Moon, a 24-year-old model from Guelph, Ontario, had surgery to give herself pointed ears.
The tops of her ear cartilages were skinned and pieces were cut from the tips to form points.
She often dresses like an elf, too.
Sam Ireland’s Stretchy Uvula
Sam Ireland, from Grand Junction, Colorado, can stretch his uvula (the small dangly piece of flesh in the back of his throat) out to nearly 3.4 in (8.5 cm) long.
When fully stretched, it reaches just under his chin!
Richie the Barber – The Man with the Face of a Clown Tattooed over his Face
Richie the Barber from West Hollywood, California, has the face of a clown tattooed over his own face.
FabCafe’s Gummy People
Have you ever wondered what you would look like as a gummy bear? For around $60, FabCafe, a dining and designing destination in Tokyo, Japan, offers customers the chance to make mini gummy replicas of themselves using 3-D body-scanning technology.
A full-body scan takes just six seconds, after which the cafe uses its own 3-D printer to create a hollow mold of the person’s body, which is then filled with the sweet gummy mix.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 offers a completely new compendium of strange but true facts and amazing stories, ranging from the woman who married a Ferris wheel to exploding cow farts, and from the girl who cries stone tears to the pizzeria that deliver its customers’ orders by drone.
Packed with amazing photographs and jaw-dropping facts, and with an out-of-this-world 3D-effect cover, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 offers a feast of information and entertainment.
Prepare yourself for this year’s collection of eye-popping oddities!