The other day, my daughter was visiting the Ripley's Believe It or
Not! Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and spotted an item she thought I might
be interested in, so she took a picture of it. In my many years of
collecting Laurel and Hardy memorabilia, I've come across some unusual items
and a few that I would even put into the "weird" category. But I've never
seen a L&H collectible more weird than what my daughter saw at that museum:
it's a bat that has Laurel and Hardy painted on its wings.
There are over 30 Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums in over 10 countries.
The first such museum opened in 1933 to house the collection of Robert
Ripley, who amongst other professions, was an adventurer and collector who
travelled the world in search of acquiring odd and unusual items. One year,
he was voted the most popular person in America. And for many, many years,
he received over 1,000,000 letters a year from fans.
Weird! For sure....