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'Weird' exhibit teaches kids about science

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Visitors will likely be entertained by what they find at "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not" exhibit at the Arizona Science Center opening today.

From the world's smallest car to a two-headed calf, there is plenty to check out.

But the exhibit organizers want visitors to do more than just look, they want them to learn.

For example, the replica of Robert Waldow, the man believed to be the tallest person to have ever lived is always a favorite among tourists at Ripley's Believe It or Not. But at the Arizona Science Center, the display expands on why Waldow grew to nearly 9 feet tall.

"Here they explain gigantism, here they explain the pituitary gland disorder that made him that tall," said Edward Meyer with Ripley's Believe It or Not.

In the center of the exhibit is a replica of what is believed to be the largest snake to have ever slithered the earth. They grew to about 50 feet and weighed around 2,500 pounds. Kids can get up close and personal with the replica.

"In the snake itself, you can enter through its mouth, you can enter through two different parts of it's stomach, you can crawl through. You hear the gurgling noises through the digestion. If you're afraid of snakes, this one is going to freak you out. If you love snakes, you'll run back and forth in it all day long," said Meyer.

The exhibit will be at the Arizona Science Center through May 4.

The cost is $10 for members of the Arizona Science Center and about $29 for non-members.

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