Ripley's Believe It or Not by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for July 10, 2011
When a fictitious male name is needed, he is usually called John Doe in the United States, Joe Bloggs in the UK or Australia, and in Russia his name is Ivan Ivanovich! Valentina Tereshkova- the first woman in space- was a factory worker and parachuting enthusiast and had no military or piloting experience when she made her 1953 space flight! Tyrian purple dye was once one of the most expensive materials in the world. Used by kings and Roman noble tea, the dye's manufacturing process required the milking of thousands of sea snails!