Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Season 1

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  • And Now The Weather
    Episode 28
    When the statue of the Toltec Raingod is stolen from a Global Warming conference in Mexico City, the BION team gives chase in the ARV, only to be side-swiped by the sudden appearance of a tornado! Legend has it, the Raingod causes weird weather when it's moved. Battling a hurricane, the BION team tracks the statue to the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. But when they try to airlift it from the great Sun Pyramid, they are double crossed by tabloid newsman, Steve Sanchez, who stole the statue to create a sensational news story, unaware of the consequences. The BION team have to fight off both Sanchez in his helicopter, and the storm of the century! The moment the statue is returned to Mexico City, the hurricane stops! Was the strange weather the fault of El Nino, or the Raingod? Believe it or Not!moreless
  • Love's Many Charms
    Episode 27
    When the two daughters of an old friend of Cyril's receive Turkish Love Charms, they are mysteriously swept away by Whirling Dervishes. Rip obtains a "real" love charm from a Gypsy Woman, who agrees to lead the team to the secret mountain top village of the Dervishes. There, while Sam and Cyril pose as buyers of charms, Rip attempts an escape with the two girls, only to be thwarted by the youngest sister, Turkan. Unable to marry her Dervish boyfriend ahead of her older sister Mahta, Turkan arranged the kidnapping and a double wedding! Rip's attempts to delay the wedding result in him taking the place of the missing groom. When Sam falls under the spell of the real Turkish Love Charm, she declares her love for Rip! Cyril arrives with the father, Mohammed, to stop the wedding in time. Was Sam just trying to delay the wedding, as she claimed, or under the spell of the Turkish Love Charm? Believe it or Not!moreless
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  • Hate Never Sleeps
    Episode 25
  • The Evil Eye
    Episode 24
  • Episode 22
    Episode 22
    Episode 22
    Fear of Flying
    A 29 year old father of 2 will stand up to his lifelong fear of heights by inserting hooks into his back and dangling from a helicopter flying over the city of Los Angeles!

    Ammo Farmers
     This young man leaves his wife and baby each morning risking life and limb to crawl on his hands and knees combing school yards and fields for live ammo rounds left over from WWI.

    Card Stacker
    Architect Bryan Berg builds incredible recreations of the world's most famous structures that can hold up to a ton of weight when placed on top of them. And, they're only made of ordinary playing cards!

    Fry Car Roadtrip
    Three college students are driving from Massachusetts to Los Angeles fueling their car at fast food restaurants along the way. They are using recycled French fry oil instead of gas!moreless
  • Episode 21
    Episode 21
    Episode 21
    Body Boarder Shark Attack
    After body boarder Neal Stephenson had his leg ripped off by a great white shark, he went right back into the water to practice his favorite sport -- while he still had the bangages on!

    Gut Camera
    Imagine a way to actually see what goes on in your stomach & intestines and watch what happens in your digestive tract all the way from end to end. Israeli and British scientists have developed an entirely self contained pill device to do just that!

    Rocket Man
    When Ky Michaelson was a kid, teachers mistook his dyslexia for inability. But that didn't stop this high school dropout from following his dream. He's going to be the first civilian to build and launch a personal rocket into outer space!moreless
  • Episode 20
    Episode 20
    Episode 20
    Snake Charmer
    Johnny Tong has a unique nasal cavity. He has trained his pet snake to crawl in his mouth and out his nose!

    Construction Worker King
    A construction worker went on a long-awaited vacation to Africa and ended up becoming King of the country!

    Secret Lap Top Graffiti
    Each and every Lap Top has an art gallery hidden under the keyboard. In fact anything with a micro chip in it, contains hundreds of pieces of art, invisible to the naked eye!

    Bug Splat
    Mark Hostetler is so obsessed with the gunk left on your car when a bug goes splat! on your winshield, that he's researched it, catalogued it, and even written a book about it called "That Gunk on Your Car."

    The Invisibles
    Like foot binding, this ancient tradition is chilling...castrating males in Indian society. But, these eunuchs, known as "the Invisibles" are thought to hold strange powers to bless and to curse, and Indian citizens readily pay money to stay in their good favor.moreless
  • Episode 19
    Episode 19
    Episode 19
    Body Painter
    Joanne Gair can make people disappear by painting them right into a background or paint clothing on a human body that is virtually undistinguishable from actual fabric!

    Beetle Mania
    When one of the world's foremost beetle hunters was lost deep in the Amazon forest, his knowledge of insects ended up saving his life! This entomologist was able to live on bugs for 2 months until rescuers finally succeeded and found him! He now has one of the most extensive giant beetle collections in the world, including some species that grow up to a foot long!

    Human Crash Test Dummy
    Rusty Haight jumps in a car, straps himself in, hits the gas and runs head-on into a brick wall -- just to make sure the air bag will work. This father aof three has been in over 500 violent car crashes and never been seriously injured. Meet the human crash test dummy.moreless
  • 8/30/00
    Vine jumpers. Face off. Anaconda hunter. Fast talker. Unicycle. Homing pigeon. Driving blind. Moab desert tragedy. Video nuggets
  • Episode 17
    Episode 17
    Episode 17
    Sarah Donohue
    When Sarah Donohue died in a horrific power boat crash, her friend Enrico refused to accept it and continued performing CPR after everyone else had given up. Although she was clinically dead for four minutes Sarah came back to life!

    Snake Head/Millionaire
    Millionaire Bill Shirk will hang upside down beneath a crane wearing two straight assistant will cover Bill with a boa constrictor! He'll attempt to get out of the jackets without being strangled or falling to his death!

    Bulldozer King
    Edmond Nussbaumer is known as the Bulldozer King because of his love for tractors. As a matter of fact, he has even built his three-story, 200 ton home on top of a bulldozer.

    Waterfall Jumper
    21 year-old marketing student Tao Berman loves plunging over a 98-foot raging waterfall at over 55 m.p.h., a maneuver that could kill even an experienced kayaker!moreless
  • Episode 16
    Episode 16
    Episode 16
    Death Dive
    Robert Gallup will handcuff himself and then get inside a mail bag locked inside a jail cell. His assistants will push the cell out of a cargo plane at 18,000 feet! Robert will escape from the cell before it smashes into the ground! He's so proud of the fact that his escapes are real, Gallup will even tell us how he does it!

    Mexican Mummies
    In Guanajuato, Mexico, if a relative can't afford the tax on a grave plot they dig up the body and place them in the mummy museum. There, they are put on display, and tourists go and visit the dearly departed.

    Supermarket Rollercoaster
    Customers ride on rollercoasters along aisles in order to shop in this grocery store!

    One in a Billion Mates
    Ian Fleming fell in love with Teresa for their common interests, but in a bizarre twist of fate, when she was near death from kidney disease, they later discovered he was the perfect match as a donor... a one-in-a-billion chance.moreless
  • Episode 15
    Episode 15
    Episode 15
    Enigma and Katzen
    This husband and wife have found a permanent way to express and share their love for each other by tattooing their entire bodies. In an ultimate act of marital trust "Enigma" will put his neck on the end of a pitchfork, and his wife will attempt to slice a watermelon on his back... with a hatchet, believe it or not!

    Cable Crossing
    In the remote jungles of Columbia, children like 11-year-old Lourdes have only one option to get to school - ride a cable suspended 1,200 feet over the raging river below - using nothing but a simple pulley and a stick to navigate the dangerous ride.

    Banana George
    Believe it or not, at 85-year-old, George Blair is the oldest and the greatest master of "Barefoot-Rope-In-The-Teeth" water-skiing. That means, no skiis, no hands, and he must rely on only his teeth to keep upright.

    Thai Taoist Ritual
    On the tiny island of Phuket, in their own ceremony to the gods, participants don't just hang objects from their skin. They shove objects as big as a lamp pole or a crow bar through their faces! Believe it or not!moreless
  • Episode 14
    Episode 14
    Episode 14
    Little Hercules
    Seven-year-old Richard was born with extra muscle mass and keen interest for weightlifting. This combination has made this little boy so buff that he looks like a mini-Arnold Schwarzeneggar-- with huge biceps, ripped abs and bulging leg muscles. Believe it or not!

    Cliff Hanger
    Belive it or not, Henrys Rechatan gets his kicks by sitting on a plain straight-back wooden chair, balanced on top of another chair, standingon top of upturned drinkging glasses -- all balanced tenuously on the very ege of a 2,000- foot-rock cliff! Its his special sensitivity and skill at finding the balancing point between objects that keeps hi m alive as he practices his very scary hobby.

    Canine Calculator
    Three-year-old Isaac is a math whiz. He can add subtract, multiply, divide and even tell you the square root of a number. That's amazing enough for anyone one of his age, but, believe it or not, Isaac is a dog!

    Modern Crucifixion
    This modern day ritual is held each year in the Philippines recreates the crusifixion of Jesus Christ, including nailing several people to a cross.moreless
  • Episode 13
    Episode 13
    Grand Master Zhou
    Grand Master Zhou has learned to harness the power of the mind and body and use it to perform exercises that push the limits. With the point of a sharp spear nested in the soft tissue of his throat, and the other on the bumper he will push a Volkswagen Beetle.

    Volcano Chasers
    When a volcano blows its top, people naturally run the other way. But not the O'Mearas. Meet the only living married couple on the planet who travel the world to chase erupting volcanoes, risking their lives and coming within 10 feet of the rushing molten lava to film it.

    Man's Best Friend
    This dog goes above and beyond the call of duty as "man's best friend." In fact this amazing pooch helps his disabled master by getting items off grocery shelves, picking up around the house and even using a cash machine.

    Sand Hogs
    More than 500 feet down, and far below the busy streets of New York, is a secret world inhabited by the Sandhogs--a brotherhood of 120 macho men who risk their lives every day just so that you may have a nice glass of sparkling, clean drinking water.
  • Episode 12
    Episode 12
    Stretchy Man
    Gary Turner is known to all his friends as "Stretch," and for good reason! Because of an extremely rare medical problem (fortunately, Gary's life is not threatened) this 30 year-old man's skin is virtually like rubber. He can actually cover his face completely--simply by pulling the skin of his neck up and the skin of his forehead down!

    Left Turn Louise
    Louise Lynes can turn a 3-mile drive into an hour-long nightmare. Ever since she was involved in a traffic accident ten years ago, Louise drives miles out of her way to avoid making any right hand turns. Her problem is so extreme, British TV featured her on a special called "Bad Drivers."

    Super Human Memory
    Tatiana Cooley has a memory like no other. When this secretary needs a phone number, she doesn't need to consult her rolodex, because she has all the numbers in her head. And if you give the reigning and only USA National Memory Champion strings of 4,000 numbers, "70093518555899..." or 500 words: "liquid, dairy, digit district, garden, hair..." she'll repeat them back, plus she can memorize a 54-line poem or an entire deck of cards in just moments.moreless
  • Episode 11
    Episode 11
    Episode 11
    Mexican Cave jump
    The Sonata de las Golandrinas (Cave of the Swallows) in Mexico is a quarter of a mile deep. The only way in is to jump down in it with a parachute. But, if you happen to startle the more than 100,000 swallows that live in there, you could be killed as they swarm out and become tangled in the chute lines. But even that doesn't stop the curious from literally taking the leap just to see what's down below!

    Roy Haynes is so cheap that he loves to split his 2ply toilet paper into 2 rolls of 1ply toilet paper, and he dries out and reuses paper towels again and again. We'll take a tour through the Haynes household as Roy shows us the many outrageous ways he saves money.

    It's feeding time! Or is it? Dr. David Schlese, a noted biologist, will submerge himself into a tank full of hungry flesh eating with razor-sharp teeth, wearing nothing more than a snorkel mask and swimming trunks!

    Microscopic Artist
    At first glance, it looks like an empty room, but it holds over 500 objects of art -- everything from polar bears the size of a sugar granule to a Ballerina dancing on the head of a pin.moreless
  • Episode 10
    Episode 10
    Episode 10
    Corset Woman
    Move over Scarlett O'Hara! Extreme corseting has made its way back into fashion. We'll meet a young woman with a 15-inch waist and a man whose waist is only 18 inches!

    Odd Couple
    New Yorkers Fred Kahl and his wife Kiva Kahl are truly an odd couple with a mission - proving that ancient art forms like sword swallowing and fire eating aren't illusions or magic tricks. Fred will swallow an endoscopic camera with a small light source and then he'll swallow live cockroaches! Next, he'll stand in front of a fluoroscopic machine, which is a moving x-ray and swallow a sword!

    Fastest Brain
    Bob Gray, a.k.a. "Backwards Bob," can write backwards and upside with both hands simultaneously on 4 quadrants. He is also the only person who can speak backwards phonetically. Check out Bob's website at

    Baby Signing
    There is a doctor teaching babies as young as 3 months old to use sign language to communicate everything from "I'm hungry" to "I want to go outside."moreless
  • Episode 9
    Episode 9
    Free Dive
    Mehgan Heany-Grier, one of the world's most beautiful women risks her life by plunging 165 ft. deep into the ocean, on a single breath of air! Now, she would like to go on and attempt to dive over 200 ft.

    The Biggest Little Train Set
    Bill Williams Zaccagnino has always been obsessed with trains. Twenty-five years and nine million dollars later, he's created the world's largest HO-scale model railroad!

    Roller Man
    Jean Yves Bondeau can go places the way no one else can go. Covering his body with over 30 wheels, he becomes a human rollerball and speeds through Paris as fast as 30 mph!

    Leech Surgery
    Respected surgeons around the world are re-discovering the benefits of these slimy, little bloodsuckers. From folks with circulation problems to re-attachment surgery patients, leaches are regarded as a true miracle cure!

    Toe Nail Diva
    Anthropologist Dr. Kathy Hayes is your average working wife and mother... except for her obsession with her toenails. In fact, she's grown them out 7 inches. So long, that she's forced to walk on her heels.moreless
  • Episode 8
    Episode 8
    Episode 8
    Indestructible Man
    Troy Hurtubise, nature photographer, has created an indestructible suit that can resist any form of punishment. His latest creation is a new formula that when applied, makes anything 50 times stronger than steel.

    Combat Ki
    Rod Sacharnoski does more than just shock people. The retired police officer developed a of martial arts called "Combat Ki". Using his techniques and 50 years of martial arts experience, Sacharnoski will challenge an NFL football player or heavyweight boxer to punch him in the neck, kick him between the legs, or punch him in the chest without getting hurt!

    Blind Bowling Granny
    Cee Cee Clark really bowls 'em over! This grandmother scored a perfect 300 game. That's remarkable in itself, but believe it or not, she is also blind!

    Thai Pusam
    A three-day Hindu festival highlighted by 4,500 devotees who carry "Kavadi" to the Lord Murugan in order to ward off any future bad karma.moreless
  • Episode 7
    Episode 7
    Episode 7
    Wrecking Ball Man
    Ken Richmond will stun spectators as he withstands the force of a 4,000 pound wrecking ball slamming through a concrete wall and into Ken's amazing abdominal area!

    The Modern Primitive
    The Godfather of the Body Modification scene, Fakir Musafar has been shocking audiences since the 1950's. He has hung himself from hooks in a Native American ritual and pierced himself with 30+ skewers!

    Mole Town
    This may be the most unusual city in the world, with more than 2,000 residents living, shopping, dining, and even going to church in an amazing underground tunnel and cave world!

    Mighty Mouth
    Waiter Pete Tsarnas amazes diners when he dances holding a dinner table with a belly dancer on top... with his teeth! Or, if that's not enough, try two tables and a chair!
  • Episode 6
    Episode 6
    Episode 6
    Zamora - Torture King
    A human voodoo doll, Tim Cridland can withstand incredible amounts of pain. In front of the Ripley's Museum, Cridland will perform a feat that has never been attempted before -- he will lay on a bed of nails while a small truck drives over him!

    Snake Milker
    Bill Haast began injecting himself with snake venom in the late 1950s, because he believed this would build immunity and help him survive deadly snakebites in the future. His own blood has actually been used to save the lives of snakebite victims.

    Gentle Giant
    Known as the "Gentle Giant", Robert was 5' 4" at age 5. By age 10 he was 6' 5", and at 8' 11", 22-year-old Robert Wadlow was, and remains, the tallest man in recorded history!

    Clean Escape
    Rick Maisel is the only man who can free himself from six pairs of handcuffs and two pairs of leg-irons while spinning around in a soap and water-filled front-loading washing machine. Believe It or Not!moreless
  • Episode 5
    Episode 5
    Neck Kabob
    Young Neil Pearson (age 25) impaled himself on a stake in his mum's garden... and lives to tell about it! He tripped on frosty paving stones, tripping in his mother's sweet pea garden and falling on one of the long stakes she had used to support the plants. Amazingly, it missed all of his vital organs, received no major injuries and remained conscious throughout the ordeal.

    Lightning Stalker
    David Stillings risks his life on a regular basis in order to take photos. He races out into approaching thunderstorms in hopes of capturing one of the most powerful things in nature... lightning.

    Ark of the Covenant
    The Ark of the Covenant is the stuff legends are made of. The ornate gold box, in which the tablets bearing the Ten Commandments were held, disappeared long ago, and no one claimed to know where... until now. Meet archeologist Bob Cornuke who, believe or not, has discovered what experts are beginning to agree is the secret location of the Ark of the Covenant in a remote village in Ethiopia

    Nefertiti Obsession
    Believe it or not, this ordinary housewife has spent a quarter of a million dollars on plastic surgery to look like ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti!

    The Oldest Dad
    Mr. Skeets is a proud father at age 103. His wife is 30 and has two kids, aged 5 and 2.moreless
  • Episode 4
    Episode 4
    Human Stun Gun
    Tom Cameron and his teenage daughters can perform a death touch, which can stop a person's heart instantly using an ancient martial arts secret. Believe it or not, Tom Cameron can knock out 25 men in a minute using the secrets he has learned from Chinese martial arts masters.

    Buried Alive
    Geoff Smith's brilliant idea was simple. Climb into a coffin box, and have himself buried 6 feet under ground in the yard behind his local pub. Believe it or not, that's just where he remained... for 147 days! In a Ripley's exclusive, we'll go with Geoff under the earth to find out how he survived and why he did it. We'll show our viewers the never-before-seen footage documenting Geoff's 147-day ordeal!

    Quick Draw Bob
    Bob Munden is the fastest gun in the West, or anywhere else, for that matter. Believe it or not, this pistol-packin' Montana cowboy can unholster his Colt .45 and plug a target as small as a half dollar in a mere two-one hundredths of a second -- seven times faster than the blink of an eye!

    Cancer Sniffing Dog
    Have you ever wondered how your dog knows when you are sick? Believe it or not, the animal kingdom has been able to do what modern science cannot. With a higher success ratio than an X-ray, a former bomb-sniffing dog by the name of George has been retrained to sniff out cancer in people.

    Saw Walker
    This tough soled guy can walk barefoot on saws!moreless
  • Episode 3
    Episode 3
    On tonight's episode of Ripley's Believe It or Not! we have stories about a boy walking through fire and tourists swimming with sharks.
  • Episode 2
    Episode 2
    Episode 2
    Tonight on Ripley's Believe It or Not! we see such fantastic items as flame throwing cars and pool playing dogs.
  • Episode 1
    Episode 1
    Highlights of tonight's episode are modern-day cannibals and Vampire killing kits.