Reach Out and Touch Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Orlando, FL (PressExposure) April 20, 2009 -- Thousands of couples trying to conceive have made visits to Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums across the country to touch the company’s famous Fertility Statues over the past few months. More than 2,000 women claim that touching the statues helped them get pregnant since the company acquired them in 1993 from Africa’s Ivory Coast.

Over the years, women who couldn’t make it to see the statues have faxed their handprints to the Ripley headquarters and museums and requested that their handprints be rubbed on the statues and sent back to them.

For some, it has meant finally being able to start a family.

A California woman couldn’t make the journey, so she faxed her handprints to Ripley’s headquarters where they were rubbed on the statues. Just a few weeks later, she shared the good news via e-mail.

“I would like to report that I am now pregnant!” the woman wrote. “We even know the date of conception – five days after I faxed over my handprints!” Because of an increase in the number of “faxed hands” requests, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is now encouraging people who can’t visit the statues in person to fax in their handprints. Museum staffers will take the time to carefully rub each fax on the mystical statues.

“We want to expand the opportunity for people to call on the Fertility Statues when trying to have a baby,” said Ripley’s VP of Communications, Tim O’Brien. “We don’t know how or why it works, but we’ve heard from so many thankful moms and moms-to-be, we feel we need to make the statues available to as many people as possible.”

The statues are currently on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum San Francisco where handprints can be faxed to 415-771-1237. The statues will be on display there through April 26.

Ripley’s in Hollywood is next on the tour where they will be on display from May 2 through June 12. The Hollywood fax number is 323-466-6512.

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Contact: Tim O’Brien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. Office – 615-646-7465 Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (, 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 74 attractions in 13 countries. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! museums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, 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 Group Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm
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