Why do we say "Believe it or not"?

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Believe it or not

Meaning:

It may sound strange, but it's true

Background:

This expression was made famous by American artist Robert LeRoy Ripley whose 'Believe It or Not' cartoons were syndicated in many American newspapers starting in 1918. However, I believe the expression originated a few years earlier, in about 1914. Robert Ripley died on an island in Long Island Sound in 1949; the island was named Bion, an acronym of Believe It or Not.

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