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BEN UNDERWOOD HAS DIED.

I have just heard that modern human marvel Ben Underwood, featured here for his amazing echolocation talent, passed away on January 19, 2009 at age of 16. He was taken by the same cancer that claimed his sight and leaves behind a legacy of inspiration few will ever match.

I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

ELMER MCCURDY - The bionic man mummy OUTLAW

ELMER MCCURDY – The Wandering Dead

In life Elmer McCurdy wasn’t anything special. Elmer wasn’t really unique or extraordinary. It was only following his demise that Elmer amounted to much of anything, when his corpse became famous and the stuff of urban legends.

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OF GIANTS AND WEE FOLK

Over one thousand years before Homer, there exists a written account by Egyptian Pepy II of the 6th dynasty in which he urges one of his generals to look after a pygmy discovered on an expedition to the south.Furthermore, Amenemope at the end of the 2nd millennium B.C.E. set down laws to protect those born…

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

THE STONE PEOPLE – Living Statues

In the 17th century the French physician Patin described the case of a local woman who had ‘turned to wood’. This ‘wood’ was actually bone and the woman possessed an incredibly rare condition that caused her muscles to be slowly turned to bone. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva or FOP, as the condition is know by today,…

THE TIN NOSE SHOP

THE TIN NOSE SHOP

  Smithsonian Magazine features a wonderful article this month on the ‘Tin Noses Shop’ of London. The London General Hospital’s Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department, founded by sculptor Francis Derwent Wood, created astounding prosthetic faces for the wounded soldiers of World War I. The prosthetic masks were actually fashioned of galvanized and lightweight copper and…