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 companyâs 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 Africaâs Ivory Coast.
Over the years, women who couldnât 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 couldnât make the journey, so she faxed her handprints to Ripleyâs headquarters where they were rubbed on the statues. Just a few weeks later, she shared the good news via e-mail.
âI would like to report that I am now pregnant!â the woman wrote. âWe even know the date of conception â five days after I faxed over my handprints!â Because of an increase in the number of âfaxed handsâ requests, Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! is now encouraging people who canât 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.
âWe want to expand the opportunity for people to call on the Fertility Statues when trying to have a baby,â said Ripleyâs VP of Communications, Tim OâBrien. âWe donât know how or why it works, but weâve 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.â
The statues are currently on display at Ripleyâs 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.
Ripleyâs 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.
For more information, including high resolution images, please visit [http://www.ripleys.com/fertility].
Contact: Tim OâBrien VP Communications Ripley Entertainment Inc. Office â 615-646-7465 Cell â 615-496-5949 firstname.lastname@example.org