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    Media requests flow over falls photos

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has been more than three decades since Russ Glasson last set eyes upon the mighty cataracts of Niagara.

    But during the past week, the iconic tourist attraction has figured prominently in the life of the semi-retired 75-year-old Weatherfield, Conn., resident.

    Last year, Glasson posted a small collection of 41-year-old photos showing a dried-up American Falls on a photo-sharing website.

    The photos, which were taken by his late father-in-law, eventually caught the attention of a reporter with London’s Daily Mail newspaper, who contacted Glasson to say he was interested in doing a story about the photos and posting the collection on the newspaper’s website.

    Links to the story made the rounds on social media web-sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and it wasn’t long before Glasson found himself fielding almost daily interview requests from local and national media outlets.

    On Monday, Glasson and the photos made an appearance on CNN during a segment hosted by news anchor Kyra Phillips.

    Oh Baby! Ripley’s in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statues Exhibit

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    I received the following via email, but also found it on the web:


    Oh Baby!
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
    in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statue Exhibit
    World-famous statues are linked
    to more than 2,000 pregnancies – so proceed with caution!

    Niagara Falls, ON. – (August 4, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls will host the return of the world-famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues for public viewing from September 4 to September 26.

    Please Don’t Touch – Unless You Want a Baby!

    More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive. Some are very serious about touching the statues, believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason! The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in 1993 and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant.

    The Real American Idols

    Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world.
    They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, where women routinely made special visits just to see and touch the statues.
    “For years, we were inundated with requests to make these statues available once again, so we’ve brought them out of retirement and they are proving to be very popular during this world tour,” said Edward Meyer, VP of Archives & Exhibits for Ripley Entertainment.
    The statues are back in the U.S. after wrapping up the European leg of their three-year world tour. They have been seen by thousands of people during crowd-pleasing stops at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in New York’s Times Square, Grand Prairie, Texas, Williamsburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, San Francisco, California, London, Blackpool, England, St. Augustine, Florida, Newport, Oregon, San Antonio, Texas, Branson, Missouri, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

    How to Reach Out and Touch the Statues in Niagara Falls

    The statues will be on display in the lobby of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls from September 4 through September 26. Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours. Museum hours and location:
    Daily 9 a.m. – midnight
    4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario
    L2G 3N4 Canada
    (905) 356-2238
    After Niagara Falls, the statues’ final stop will be in Panama City, Florida from October 4 – October 25.
    To set up an interview with a mother who touched the statues and became pregnant, contact Tim O’Brien at obrien@ripleys.com.
    For more information, including high resolution images and video, please visit www.ripleysnewsroom.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.

    Contacts:

    Tim Parker
    General Manager
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    Office – 905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

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

    Gumball 300 car rally coming to Niagara Falls

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    This comes from a press release I received from the Skylon Tower:

    Look out…. ‘the world’s most rock ‘n roll car rally ever staged’ is coming to the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls, Canada!

    On Saturday, May 1 the flag will drop at Waterloo Place on the Pall Mall in London following a day of celebrity entertainment, celebrations and skateboard demo by legend Tony Hawk and his skate team. From London the 3000 mile route begins… [with] stopovers in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm. From Sweden all 120 vehicles and participants are flown to North America to continue their journey stopping in Boston, Quebec and Toronto, before a pit stop and lunch at the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls. From Niagara Falls they’ll head directly to the finish line in Times Square, New York City.

    You can read the full press release here.

    Also, here are some helpful links:

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it down. My wife is out of town and I’ll have 3 small children with me. I’d end up losing one of them in the crowd!

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