The prehistoric megalodon shark could grow to the size of a school bus.
Its jaws were able to open wide enough for an average-size adult to stand up in — but a human like Robert Pershing Wadlow would have some trouble.
Wadlow is the tallest person in history, standing a whopping 8-11.
Both extra-large entities can be seen at The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! exhibition currently running at Science North.
It's not all large and grand — some of the world's tiniest creations are also part of the show. Three of Willard Wigan's micro-sculptures are at Science North. The elaborate pieces were created in the head of a needle, painted with the hair from a fly.
“For over 90 years, Ripley's has been all about the curious,” said Edward Meyer, vice-president of exhibitions and archives for Ripley's. “Ripley himself was called the biggest liar in the world,” so he began collecting pieces to prove his cartoons and drawings were true.
The show incorporates all sorts of weird and wonderful displays — more than 100 pieces from the Ripley's family and 100 more from the science centre itself.
Science North Staff Scientist Amy Henson said the show is “so awesome.”
“This is a fabulous exhibit Science North has built in conjunction with Ripley's Entertainment,” she said.
For the first time in Ripley's history, the organization is explaining some of the “wonder” behind its collection.
“They have some amazing objects,” Henson said. “Often enough, they don't explain the really neat things behind it. That's what we're doing here at Science North. All those things we wondered about for years ... we're explaining the science behind it.”
It's a decision the folks at Ripley's thought about long and hard.
“It's obviously a subject we gave some serious thought to,” Meyer said. “There are some things we didn't want explained, and probably they didn't make it into the final cut of what's in the show.
“I don't think we reveal any real mysteries here,” he said.
Still, the exhibition is enough to bring science to life in a fun way.
“We are extremely proud to unveil The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in its world premiere at Science North,” said Guy Labine, Science North CEO.
“Our unique partnership with Ripley Entertainment Inc. is exciting in itself, as the strong Ripley’s brand appeals to people of all ages. We anticipate this exhibition will attract an estimated 102,000 visitors to our science centre and engage children, teens and adults in exploring the unbelievable science in the world around them.”
The show officially opens March 2 and runs until Sept. 2. Following the world premiere at Science North, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will tour North America for a seven-year run.
For more information, visit sciencenorth.ca/promos/ripleys.