Making the world a stranger place: Robert Ripley (1890-1949), a collector of oddities, seen here with 'Atta-Boy', a mysterious 6.5-inch human figure he found in Peru. Scientists later confirmed Ripley's belief that it was a mummified human. In Atta-Boy's case, he was once a human foetus.
Got something weird? Slap a postage stamp on it and send it to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! headquarters to win the ‘Strange Mail Contest’.
Under the rules of the contest, which was announced on June 13, the item should not be in a box, envelope or wrappings of any kind. The postage stamp and address must be affixed to directly to the item. Depending on what strange curio you have in mind, the 'no box' rule may be tricky but it's not impossible.
Just consider the winning item of the inaugural Strange Mail Contest in 2013: A McDonald’s Happy Meal laid out on a plastic plate. The meal — hamburger, fries and apple pie — was secured to the plate by glue, and the postage and address were on the bottom of the plate, said Edward Meyer, vice president for Ripley's exhibits and archives.
A year later, the meal is currently on display at Ripley's museum in Atlantic City. Strangely, it shows no signs of deterioration. “Kind of scary when you think about that. It’s whatever preservatives McDonald’s puts in their food,” Meyer said. Other 'strange' entries from last year’s contest, which came from as far away as Russia, included a bowling ball, a rotting zucchini, a pumpkin and a toilet seat, he said.