Oh, Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Every year, you come out with new tales of bizarre behavior, extreme events, and fantastic fetishes. And despite our best intentions, we can’t ignore you, any more than we can avoid clicking on the latest cute animal video on Huffington Post (Cat adopts baby squirrel? Awww!) No, Ripley’s, not when you clue us in that the average meat-eater consumes 1,200 chickens in a lifetime (“the equivalent of eating a four-year-old elephant”). Or that Eleanor Roosevelt used to snack on three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning to improve her memory — if not her breath.

These accounts of the fantastic amaze us, of course, but could they also teach us valuable lessons about our food? We’ll bet you a can of cockroaches they can! But don’t take our word for it …

 

Half green, half red applePhoto: Archant Devon 2009 for Ripley’s Believe It or Not

If only it showed Jesus, too: This half-red, half-green Golden Delicious apple was grown in England by retired painter Ken Morrish, says page 189. The coloration is believed to be the result of a random genetic mutation with a million-to-one chance of occurring.

Ridiculous Food Lesson #1: Where would we be without genetic biodiversity in our diets? Living in a world with boring apples, that’s where!