I am Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives, the keeper of the weird at “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!" for nearly 40 years. I am the guy who buys all the cool stuff in our Odditoriums. AMA!
I travel around the world collecting unusual stories and unbelievable artifacts to fill "Believe It or Not!" books and odditoriums. I have acquired over 20,000 odditorium artifacts, everything from a pin valued at $1 million dollars, to a two-trunked elephant, to Marilyn Monroe’s lingerie, to Lee Harvey Oswald’s mortuary toe tag, to a meteorite from Mars.
I am also an editor of the famous "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!" newspaper syndicated cartoon, and Ripley books, a producer of countless Ripley films, and a past researcher for both the ABC Jack Palance and TBS Dean Cain "Believe it or Not!" television series. I have appeared on radio and television shows around the world as ”the man with the world’s best job”, and I appear in "Ripley: Believe It or Not" on PBS American Experience tonight!
AMA about Ripley’s—the man, our history, the brand, the odd and the unusual-- and I will answer you the best I can.
UPDATE- We have to leave to get ready for our live Tweet during the premiere of "Ripley: Believe It or Not!" on PBS American Experience tonight at 9pm. Tweet us with #AmericanExperience https://twitter.com/ripleys