“Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird” (Ripley Publishing) features a Southlander as well as several Chicago-area stories.

The book is billed as an annual collection of bizarre, fun and totally true stories from around the world.

“Smokin’ Guitars” on Page 183 features Chuck Meyer, of New Lenox.

He builds guitars and mandolins from cigar boxes and spends hours searching flea markets, tobacco shops and eBay for boxes that will give the best sound.

Other area stories include “Dolphin Scan” about Tapeko at Brookfield Zoo and “Superstitions” about Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Information: ripleybooks.com.

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