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September 13, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's quiz time and Wild Bill wants to know who discovered America. "The President," chimes a wide-eyed little girl between slurps of soda. Wrong. But it was a trick question anyway, Wild Bill admits before the responses wander further astray. The credit goes to an unknown American Indian, and from there unfolds the story of the frontier. This is not classroom patter.
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September 12, 1995 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Believe it or not: Alexander Patty could walk up and down staircases on his head. Believe it or not: Slater Barron created a portrait of John Wayne out of laundry lint. Believe it or not: A company based on sharing such oddities with the public is thriving in today's entertainment market, which is otherwise trending toward the elaborate and the high-tech. Ripley Entertainment, the Orlando, Fla.-based chain that operates 38 attractions in 12 countries, says it's enjoying a banner year.
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August 23, 1990 | Chris Woodyard Times staff writer
Museum Opening Delayed: Another tourist attraction that was scheduled to open in Orange County earlier this summer will not do so until late next month. The owner of the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park has been trying to complete the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, which is being built in a renovated pet shop near Movieland. "Inside, the show is just about finished," owner Ronald Fong said. "The outside is a month behind."
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April 2, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
A scale model of the ill-fated German zeppelin, the Hindenburg, built in the garage of a man here is being purchased by Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. Vern Koenig spent about 3,000 hours building the model. What "started out as a challenge" ended up as a labor of love that took four years, the 50-year-old Koenig said. The professional model-maker and aviation enthusiast said he became fascinated with the Hindenburg's past as one of the largest luxury airships ever flown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
A scale model of the ill-fated German zeppelin, the Hindenburg, built in the garage of a man here is being purchased by Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. Vern Koenig spent about 3,000 hours building the model. What "started out as a challenge" ended up as a labor of love that took four years, the 50-year-old Koenig said. The professional model-maker and aviation enthusiast said he became fascinated with the Hindenburg's past as one of the largest luxury airships ever flown.
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September 27, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, step right up. A veritable warehouse of side show freakishness and oddities, Orange County's first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, opens today in a converted pet store on Beach Boulevard. Want to see a man swallow a whole lemon? It's right there on a video screen.
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July 27, 1991 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Victor Forte, 31, may not be as strange as a lemon that's shaped like Elvis, or as odd as a six-clawed cat, or even a necklace made of gallstones. But the self-professed oddity said he competed in a contest of the bizarre Friday at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum here partly to find out how weird one has to be before Southern Californians take notice. Forte's claim to fame is his own body, which has undergone more than 30 operations--at a cost of $750,000--since a recent car accident.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1995 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Believe it or not: Alexander Patty could walk up and down staircases on his head. Believe it or not: Slater Barron created a portrait of John Wayne out of laundry lint. Believe it or not: A company based on sharing such oddities with the public is thriving in today's entertainment market, which is otherwise trending toward the elaborate and the high-tech. Ripley Entertainment, the Orlando, Fla.-based chain that operates 38 attractions in 12 countries, says it's enjoying a banner year.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believe it or not, the newest tourist attraction in Orange County this summer will not be another Splash Mountain or Boomerang. It will be a nine-foot-long mural of the Last Supper fashioned from pieces of burnt toast. And a coat of armor made of coconut fiber, and a stuffed two-headed calf and wine made out of mice fetuses. These are some of the 200 items that will be displayed in a former pet store that is being converted into the Ripley's Believe It or Not!
BUSINESS
September 13, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's quiz time and Wild Bill wants to know who discovered America. "The President," chimes a wide-eyed little girl between slurps of soda. Wrong. But it was a trick question anyway, Wild Bill admits before the responses wander further astray. The credit goes to an unknown American Indian, and from there unfolds the story of the frontier. This is not classroom patter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Victor Forte, 31, may not be as strange as a lemon that's shaped like Elvis, or as odd as a six-clawed cat, or even a necklace made of gallstones. But the self-professed oddity said he competed in a contest of the bizarre Friday at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum here partly to find out how weird one has to be before Southern Californians take notice. Forte's claim to fame is his own body, which has undergone more than 30 operations--at a cost of $750,000--since a recent car accident.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, step right up. A veritable warehouse of side show freakishness and oddities, Orange County's first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, opens today in a converted pet store on Beach Boulevard. Want to see a man swallow a whole lemon? It's right there on a video screen.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1990 | Chris Woodyard Times staff writer
Museum Opening Delayed: Another tourist attraction that was scheduled to open in Orange County earlier this summer will not do so until late next month. The owner of the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park has been trying to complete the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, which is being built in a renovated pet shop near Movieland. "Inside, the show is just about finished," owner Ronald Fong said. "The outside is a month behind."
BUSINESS
April 29, 1990 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believe it or not, the newest tourist attraction in Orange County this summer will not be another Splash Mountain or Boomerang. It will be a nine-foot-long mural of the Last Supper fashioned from pieces of burnt toast. And a coat of armor made of coconut fiber, and a stuffed two-headed calf and wine made out of mice fetuses. These are some of the 200 items that will be displayed in a former pet store that is being converted into the Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Featuring a glass atrium with 150 species, Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, on a five-acre parcel on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The new attraction brings a tropical rainforest environment right into the middle of the Arizona desert. Butterfly Wonderland will also feature educational laboratories, interactive exhibits, and a 3-D movie theater along with a gift shop and café. In addition to seeing more than 3,000 butterflies, visitors can stop by the Rivers of the Amazon to check out some aquatic life, an ant colony , and the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit that features of series of beehives (protected by glass, of course)
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