WEIRD NEWS
01/01/2015 10:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The Strange But True Life Of Robert Ripley

In the world of weird news, perhaps, no one stands taller than Robert Ripley, the creator of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley started out as a sports cartoonist, but managed to turn an interest in the strange and bizarre aspects of the world into an international conglomerate that includes books, newspaper columns, TV shows and "Odditoriums" where the weirder parts of the collection are displayed.

The life of this weird news wizard is the focus of "American Experience Presents 'Ripley: Believe It or Not,'" a special premiering Jan. 6 on PBS.

This exclusive video clip explains why Believe It Or Not! remains so unbelievably popular 65 years after Ripley's death.

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