by Mary Dickinson
January 9, 2004
The chairs in the 4-D Theater look like giant black infant car seats. Once we were strapped in we were ready to go. Wearing 3-D goggles, we were in an assimilatory condition flying through a log jam. We had a hologram ghost logger as our guide. The log went through troughs made of iron bars and we almost got hit several times. Occasionally we fell into water but didn’t get wet. I’m grateful for that. I hate wet. There were two segments but both had the same conditions, speeding through space, quick turns and falling. Our chairs cooperated fully with what was being shown on the screen. It was interesting but the details in the movie weren’t crisp enough. It looked as though there may have been a light leak in the theater.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Cartoons drawn by Robert Ripley were his first attempt at bringing everything from the amazing to the macabre to a very interested public. For those who chose not to believe, Ripley collected the actual items as proof. Eventually he opened museums displaying his collections. Myrtle Beach has a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. A video of a man hammering an eight-inch spike into his nose is followed by another man swallowing seven swords. Don’t go away. Actual shrunken heads are in the collections. Voodoo is a favorite. Then there’s the Iron Maiden torture device (from Germany) for religious heretics. On the lighter side, there’s a beautiful miniature roller coaster made from wood match sticks. On exhibit is a excellent sculpture by Anton Schiavone made from brown paper bags. Jon Bedford made sculptures from chrome car bumpers.
Here’s a Ripley math equation to have fun with. Think of a number, double it, add 12, divide by 2, subtract your original number, the answer is always 6.
These attractions are open 10am-5pm seven days a week.
From journal Myrtle Beach in December