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Ripleys Believe It Or Not Ripley's Believe It Or Not was a regular feature in newspapers for many decades. Its creator, Robert Ripley, hoped to be a professional baseball player but an arm injury ended that dream. Instead, Ripley decided to write about sports. He compiled some odd sports facts and presented them in cartoon form. Ripley intended to call it Champs & Chumps, but settled on Believe It Or Not so he could go beyond sports. His first cartoon panel premiered in the New York Globe on December 19, 1918. At one point, there were 80 million loyal readers of Believe It Or Not in daily newspapers. Much of Ripley's research was done by Norbert Pearlroth. For 52 years, Pearlroth spent 10 hours per day, six days a week in the New York Public Library searching for obscure facts and trivia for Ripley's cartoons!
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Added: 29th April 2008
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-04-30 
One interesting bit of trivia: Ripley's Believe It Or Not was resposnible for the Star Spangled Banner being officially recognized as the American national anthem. In December 1929, a Ripley's cartoon accurately informed his readers that the United States had no official national anthem. The cartoon created a public stir, and by 1931 an act of Congress made the Star Spangled Banner the official anthem of the United States.
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