Freaks, Geeks and Human Oddities!

Some may call them freaks and human oddities - but they are truly human marvels!

A congress of most unusual mortals

see them triumph over fate, nature and the judgement of man

RITTA & CHRISTINA – Early Conjoined Twins

Ritta and Christina Parodi are likely the best documented case of conjoined twining in the early 19th century. The details of their life and death, in the form of detailed autopsy reports, are well known. Their life was remarkably short, due in part to their popularity. The twins were born in Sassare, Sardina on March…

THE HUNGARIAN SISTERS

“Two sisters wonderful to behold, who have thus grown as one, That naught their bodies can divide, no power beneath the sun. The town of Szoenii gave them birth, hard by far-famed Komorn, Which noble fort may all the arts of Turkish sultans scorn. Lucina, woman’s gentle friend, did Helen first receive; And Judith, when…

THE SCOTTISH BROTHERS

Little is known of The Scottish Brothers of the mid 1400’s (1460 -1488 being the best estimate) and, by the earliest descriptions, there is a strong chance that the pair were dicephalus conjoined twins – two heads on a single body. The twins were born near Glasgow and were brought to the court of King…

THE BIDDENDEN MAIDS

The Biddenden Maids were among the first conjoined twins to display themselves as a livelihood . Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst were born in 1100 to an upper class family in just outside of Kent, England. The pair were likely pygopagus twins and most illustrations show them as such. There are a few anomalous images depicting…

CONJOINED TWINS

The earliest written account of actual conjoined twins dates from 945, when conjoined twin brothers from Armenia were brought to Constantinople for exhibition.  They were reported to be well formed and healthy but were banished from the court until the reign of Constantine VII. One took sick and died. Surgeons, attempting the first separation in recorded…