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We at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! are used to seeing unusual things around the office. On any given day you never know who, or what, will drop by. Just last week a live tiger visited, and our latest exhibit was delivered – a casting of the only complete skeleton ever found of a dodo bird.

Earlier this year we invited Kelvin Mercado, also known as Peg Man, to our office for a photo shoot. Kelvin features in our newest Ripley’s Believe It or Not! annual, Dare To Look!

Kelvin, from Puerto Rico, appeared to have a very unusual talent. He claimed he could pin more clothes pegs to his face than anyone else in the world, and he was coming to Ripley’s to prove it. He is not your average guy! Kelvin is covered in tattoos and piercings, plays bass guitar in a band, and creates special effects makeup for films.

When we learned that he’d arrived at our offices and was waiting for us in the lobby we decided to make him feel extra welcome by pinning clothes pegs to our faces when we went to meet him. He burst out laughing – we knew it was going to be a great photo shoot!

We got to work early the next day. Kelvin was set on pinning as many pegs to his face as possible. Throughout the day he would actually pin a total of 491 to his face, but the final Ripley Record, conforming to all the rules, was achieved with an amazing 161 pegs. You can read more about how he did this in Dare To Look!


When Kelvin removed the pegs, we could see painful imprints on his face. We asked why he had ever considered doing something so painful. “Well, I was browsing a magazine and saw a picture of a guy with pegs on his face, and it got my attention, and yes, it hurts and leaves marks on my face … like small bruises. It usually takes several days for my face to recover.”

We asked him if it was worth the pain. “Ripley’s inspires me to attempt the unbelievable. I’m very excited! Being in Ripley’s is like a dream come true,” he said.

For more info about Kelvin, check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Dare To Look! You can also download the FREE Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app featuring oddSCAN™ technology. Here, you will find another exclusive video of Peg Man and, using the oddSCAN™ feature, you can unlock additional content throughout the book. Also look out for the exclusive Dare To Look! FREE digital bonus chapter now available.

So now you know what makes Kelvin unbelievable, why not leave a comment and tell us what makes YOU unbelievable.

Buy your copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2014 – Dare to Look! online and in store now!