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Book Review: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Download The Weird, Compiled by Geoff Tibballs

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download The Weird contains an interesting set of unusual facts and bizarre sights. For instance, Joshua Carter is pictured with both shoulders touching each other. He was born with no collarbones. Ziona Chana is shown with his 39 wives and 94 children.

The more bizarre pictures depict the cyclops and a cat with two faces which react simultaneously since the animal has a single brain. The leaf tailed gecko fits into any scene by adapting body color to the environment. Lucia Zarate is just 21 inches tall and weighs five pounds. A man is pictured holding a 10 pound mushroom.

There are significant circus acts and great feats pictured in this year’s Ripley’s. For instance, Lia Fei of Jiangxi Province in China is shown pulling a 3 foot snake through his nose. Louis Cole of London is shown while eating live locusts and bugs of every kind. There are other acts of grandeur; such as, a man swallowing a full length sword.

Ripley’s depicts an 800 year old tree in Allouville Bellefosse, France, with two chapels embedded in a carved out tree trunk. The town of New Czarnowo, Poland is home to an unusual forest where hundreds of trees display well defined hooks at the bottom of the trunk before growing vertically.

Ripley’s documents the unfortunate 27 year olds. Brian Jones, Bob Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all died at 27 years of age.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download The Weird  is a worthy collection of bizarre people, animals, places and feats of grandeur. The pictures are in full color. Many of the scenes will generate lively conversation from bewildered readers.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.