Epic Endeavors

Epic Endeavors

Book - 2012
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Published: Philadelphia : Mason Crest, c2012.
ISBN: 9781422225608
Branch Call Number: J910.4 EPI
Characteristics: 36 p. :,col. ill. ;,30 cm.


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SPL_Childrens Mar 20, 2014

Just when we thought that we knew a thing or two about the world, along comes another Ripley’s Believe or Not book to let us know that there’s a lot more that we DIDN’T know about … whether we “believe it or not”!

Epic Endeavours introduces us to a man who could blow out candles and inflate balloons using only his ears, a man who could pull his wife in a wagon using his only his eyelids, a woman who swam for 25 minutes along the Antarctic shoreline (in water temperatures that would have given most people hypothermia in less than five minutes) and a tightrope walker who needed just 11.5 minutes to walk 800 m. (a half-mile) tightrope across the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. Unbelievable!

One epic endeavour occurred nearby in Exeter, Ontario, where the local soccer team played against a Stratford team for thirty and a half continuous hours, in May 2007! (The Stratford team won 138 to 105.)

Some of the so-called “epic endeavours” are just plain wacky. Can you imagine seeing someone driving by on a sofa at 140 km / hour, or someone flying by in a lawn chair? Both of these strange “inventions” have actually been created. (The lawn chair was kept aloft for almost nine hours by 105 large helium-filled balloons.)

Much is packed into this 36-page book, including photos, diagrams and a two-page index. Kids will be fascinated with the truly intriguing things that they’ll discover. (Other titles in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! series include Strange But True, Awesome Feats and Curious Creatures.


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