Strikingly True!, from the Ripley's Believe It or Not! folks, is dubbed a "yearbook of the weird." So naturally, Colorado is well represented.
Page through below to check out seven weird Colorado moments as highlighted by the Ripley's crew -- including one story that graced the cyber-pages of the Latest Word last year. And while we can't vouch for its truth, it's definitely striking.
7. Tiny riders: "Riding 49cc mini-bikes that averaged just 20 mph, Ryan Galbraith and Chris Stinson traveled the 445 mi from Denver, Colorado, to Sturgis, South Dakota, in 25 hours 49 minutes in 2009." 6. Bearly drivable: "A bear climbed into an empty car outside a house near Denver, Colorado, honked the horn and knocked the gear shift on the automatic transmission into neutral, sending the vehicle rolling backward 125 ft down the driveway into a thicket. The bear was still inside the car when deputies arrived on the scene. They suggested the bear had been attracted by a peanut butter sandwich left on the back seat." 5. Going ape: "More than 1,000 people dressed in gorilla suits to take part in the 2009 Denver Gorilla Run, a 3 1/2-mile charity run/walk through the streets of the city to help mountain gorilla conservation." 4. Nailing it: "Prax Sanchez, 72, of Colorado Springs, Colorado had an MRI scan for an ear problem, which dislodged a nail in his head that he then coughed up after the procedure. He had no idea the nail was there, and it could have been decades old." 3. Bowled over: "Dave Hersch of Lakewood, Colorado, spent four years designing a twin-bowl motorized toilet capable of reaching speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h). His "toilet car" has a 6.5 horsepower motor, can seat two people and features six toilet rolls and a magazine rack." 2. A sucky explanation: "A Fruita, Colorado, woman who drove her car into a canal in June 2010 blamed the accident on a vampire. She said she was driving on a dirt road late at night when she spotted a vampire in the middle of the road and hastily put the car in reverse. When troopers arrived, they found the woman's car in the canal but there was no sign of the vampire." Westword's take on the story: "Vampire made me crash my SUV, woman says." 1. Salute this: "On April 29, 2009, Alex Almy and Jesse Poe of Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colorado, spent 75 minutes welding a car around their school's flagpole as a year-end prank. They took off the passenger door and part of the roof to slide the Eagle hatchback into place before getting busy with welding tools. However, because the flagpole itself was undamaged and the boys agreed to remove the car, no one was punished."
More from our Lists & Weirdness archive: "Bizarre classroom posters from the '70s: Here's why your parents are so f*cked up (PHOTOS)."
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