Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Becomes Permanent Link in 12-Mile Long Gum Wrapper Chain

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 10, 2010) – Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the authority on all things odd, unusual and unbelievable, today became part of one of the largest oddities in the world – a 12-mile long gum wrapper chain.

 Ripley’s president signs link number 3,000,000

Ripley Entertainment Inc. President Jim Pattison Jr. signed link number 3,000,000 today as it was placed in the chain during an event at Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium. Ripley’s featured the record-breaking chain and its creator, Gary Duschl.

“Ripley’s is proud to be a part of this amazing and unbelievable work of art,” said Pattison. “This is a great Believe It or Not! and Gary Duschl, its creator told me he isn’t finished yet: he has several more years – and miles – to go!”

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Chance to Become Part of Ripley History

The public also has an opportunity to be a part of this creation. Everyone is welcome to visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium from Wednesday, March 10, through Sunday, March 14 and sign a gum wrapper that will be sent to Duschl to use in his chain.

Ripley’s visitors who bring in 5 gum wrappers of any kind will get a $5 discount off the price of admission ($4 off for children) from Wednesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 14.

Some fun facts about the chain:

  • There are 1,500,000 gum wrappers in the chain and all are Wrigley’s brand.
  • It’s 42 times the height of the Empire State Building.
  • It’s twice as long as the height of Mount Everest.
  • It would take 5 hours to walk the length of the chain.
  • It would take 12 minutes to drive its length in a car at 60 mph.
  • If full, all the wrappers would contain 5 tons of gum.
  • Duschl has spent more than 24,000 hours and 45 years on this feat.

Duschl, from Virginia, started creating the record-breaking chain in 1965 when he was in ninth grade science class. He creates all the links himself and says it’s a way for him to relax, similar to someone who knits for a hobby. He plans on keeping the chain going until it reaches 26 miles – which, if he keeps up the same pace, will keep him busy for the next 15 years.

For more on Gary Duschl, go to www.gumwrapper.com

 Media contacts:

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Office – 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949
Obrien@ripleys.com 

Michael Hirsch
General Manager
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square 
212-398-3133
michael@ripleysnewyork.com

About Ripley Entertainment Inc

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

About  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

Situated in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan, New York, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! offers visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre. Hundreds of weird and unusual artifacts are displayed in more than 20 themed galleries spanning two floors. Whether examining a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads (the most on public display anywhere on the planet), a section of the Berlin wall, or a life-size albino giraffe, the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection proves that fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square (www.ripleysnewyork.com) is located at 234 West 42nd Street and is open daily at 9 a.m.

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