About Ripley's Believe It or Not

Ripley's Believe It or Not! has been presenting the incredible and the unusual in illustrated form since Robert Ripley's first "Champs and Chumps" comic was published in the New York Globe on December 19, 1918. From there, Ripley set off to search the world for more strange stories—traveling to 201 countries in 35 years.

Ripley’s Research Team continues this search to this day, committed to fact-checking sources and filtering through the hundreds of weekly submissions that help bring this all-true cartoon to life. To submit your own Believe It or Not! fact, click here! 

Did you know the Ripley’s cartoon has changed history in more ways than one? In a 1929 panel, Robert Ripley pointed out that America had no national anthem, which led to legislation making the Star Spangled Banner the county’s official anthem!

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