Shocker! Nobody in our neighborhood can get Ripley’s name right, even though whenever we tell them what his name is, the involuntary response seems to be, “Oh, believe it or not!” Apparently a built-in tagline is not enough for most people to remember his name.
There is a big, shameful secret behind Rip’s name. No, it’s not from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” (Believe it or not, I think that whole “whacky crap” thing they do is kind of obnoxious). And no, it’s not based on Sigourney Weaver’s character from the “Alien” movies.
Ripley is actually named after BROADWAY WHACKADOO ALICE RIPLEY (she likes to capitalize everything on Twitter and Facebook, much like her Tony acceptance speech).
Could we be any more cliche? Why didn’t we just name him Chiffon or Scented Body Product?