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A Real Balloon Man and the Girl Who Cries Cotton Tears

Charles Forte may get more reverential treatment, but the man who brought the weird and wonderful to the masses via his newspaper cartoons and his museums was Robert Ripley, whose last name will forever be followed by “Believe It or Not!” This week we have two stories about people whose conditions would make great Ripley headlines: ‘Fast Ascent Turns Diver Into Human Balloon Man” “Girl Cries Dry Cotton Ball Tears.”

Photographs of Alejandro Ramos Martínez look like the ‘after’ images in an ad for a bodybuilding gym, but the pain that put him in this condition had nothing to do with lifting weights. Four years ago, he was happily employed in Pisco, Peru, as a seafood…

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