Just in time for Halloween, Ripley Publishing releases Top 13 list of strange facts from its new book, Eye-Popping Oddities!

ORLANDO, FL, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - From dining among the dead, to sailing English seaways in a giant pumpkin, Ripley Publishing has released a list of 13 of the freakiest facts contained in its new book, Ripley's Believe It or Not!® Eye-Popping Oddities!

Now available at major bookstores across Canada, Eye-Popping Oddities! is Ripley's collection of weird-but-true stories from around the world.

Believe It or Not! here are Ripley's top 13 picks for 2015:

13. A Brooklyn artist who uses his own blood to draw life-size nude portraits.

12. The human dictionary from Montreal who tattooed 24 words onto his face and neck.

11. Showman Li Peng from China's Jilin Province, who entertains crowds by placing live poisonous snakes, scorpions, and spiders in his mouth.

10. Body modification enthusiast Joel Miggler, who created giant cheek holes in his face revealing an alarming side view of his teeth.

9.  Artist Dmitri Galitzine from London, England, who sailed 6.4 km across the Solent seaway from Hampshire to the isle of Wright in a boat made from an 800-lb. pumpkin.

8. New York, based artist Margaux Lange, who uses thousands of pieces of old Barbie parts to make wearable jewellery.

7. Collector Eric Eakin, who has amassed a collection of over 250 bedpans, the oldest dating back to the 19th century.

6. The man who came back from the dead.  After being declared dead by doctors in Salvador, Brazil, Valdelucio Goncalves was found alive, wriggling inside his body bag.

5. A restaurant in India built in the middle of an old Muslim cemetery, allowing diners to drink tea amongst actual coffins.

4. The black cat born with extra toes that are separated from the rest, making it appear as if it has thumbs.

3. After it was severed off, doctors saved China's Xiao Wei's right hand by grafting it to his ankle.

2. Convinced she was an elf in another life, Guelph, Ontario, native Melynda Moon had surgery to give herself pointed ears.

1. The unusual talents of Jorge Ivan Latorre Robles, who can stretch his skin, pop out his eyes and dislocate his joints – he can even fold himself to fit into a suitcase!

Featuring 256 pages of awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping stories, Eye-Popping Oddities! makes the perfect holiday gift for teens, tweens and reluctant readers.

For additional information, including downloadable page spreads and images, please visit www.ripleys.com/publishing/newsroom

SOURCE Ripley's Believe It or Not!

For further information: Media Contact: Melanie Greco, 647-456-26653, melanie@getinkpr.ca

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