Sometimes, the daily Ripley's offering isn't strange so much as it is disgusting, like the tidbit about how the "Dani Women of New Guinea cut off a finger for every male relative who dies!"
Below the cartoonish sketch of a mostly fingerless woman was the caption, "Some tribes in New Guinea wear fingers of their ancestors as good luck charms!"
Could anyone begrudge their desire for a good-luck charm? They're probably hoping they'll be lucky enough to have healthy male relatives.
My favorite so far is the one from Jan. 20 under the heading "Well preserved memento!"
According to Ripley's, "On his 50th wedding anniversary, Les Lailey of Denton, England, ate a canned chicken he had been saving for 50 years! No ill effects were reported!"
What might motivate a man to save a can of chicken for 50 years? And what exactly does it say about his marriage that he chose to eat antique chicken on his 50th wedding anniversary?
Since my own quirky husband has a can of potted meat that's at least a dozen years old, someday I might know!
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