"Ripley's Believe It or Not!" was a series produced for TBS with actor Dean Cain and field correspondent Kelly Packard as hosts. Each new episode opens with an act involving the audience. The show also features such regular elements as "Spot the Not," a weekly trivia segment in which viewers are challenged to pick the claim that is not real and a special "Ripley's Record" commemoration for people who break a world record while appearing on the show.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Martin Laurello - Netflix
Martin Joe Laurello (born Martin Emmerling, 1885-1955), also known by the stage names Human Owl and Bobby the Boy with the Revolving Head, was a German-American sideshow performer and biological rarity who could turn his head 180 degrees. He performed with groups such as Ripley's Believe it or Not, Ringling Brothers, and Barnum & Bailey. He also trained animals to do things such as acrobatics.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Early life and career - Netflix
Laurello was born Martin Emmerling in Germany circa 1886. In 1921, together with a handful of other people with biological rarities from Europe, Laurello arrived in the United States. Laurello could turn his head 180 degrees. In the words of fellow sideshow performer Percilla Berjano, known as the “Monkey Girl”, “[Laurello] could put his head all the way around”. To accomplish this feat, he reportedly practised rotating his head for three years and also had to “dislocate various vertebrae”. Being born with a slightly bent spine might have also aided Laurello in pulling off his act of flexibility. For a period of time, Laurello was billed at the Bailey Circus as “Bobby the Boy with the Revolving Head”. Laurello also worked at the New York City-based Hubert's Museum, mostly during the winter, as well as Ringling Brothers and Coney Island. During his stint at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums in the 1930s, Laurello managed to attract massive crowds. When performing, Laurello preferred to don a white shirt. He also trained dogs and cats to do acrobatic tricks.
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