Wood­ford Won­der!

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Elias Wood­ford (13) of Mor rin made Ri­p­ley’s ‘Be­lieve it or Not!’ Shat­ter your Senses 2018 edi­tion.

For t he p ast five ye ars, he has been able to move his or­gans to the b ack of his b ody cr eat­ing an ab­nor­mal shape to his torso.

“It just s ort of hap­pened,” Wood­ford re - counted. Wood­ford had been read­ing a 1947 copy of ‘Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve it or Not!’ where he no­ticed a photo of am an with his ab domen dis­placed, cre­at­ing the odd fig­ure.

“I said ‘I can do that!’ so I sent a photo in and then they put me in t he book,” said Wood­ford.

To this day, Wood­ford is un­sure of how he is able to do the unique move.

Ri­p­ley’ s Be­lieve it or Not! came to be af­ter a man whole dan ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing life cre­ated an ‘odd­i­to­rium’. Robert L. Ri­p­ley (1890–1949) w as a car­toon­ist, ex­plorer, re­porter, ad­ven­turer, and col­lec­tor who trav­elled to 201 coun­tries in 35 years seek­ing the odd, the un­usual, and the un­ex­plained.

Ri­p­ley cre­ated one of his first books in 1929 and has since been car­ried on for many years. His books show­case th­ese odd and un­usual traits and skills that most can not at­tain.

Elias Wood­ford holds up a per­sonal copy of ‘Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve it or Not!’ #14 2018 Edi­tion

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