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
FRANK 'CANNONBALL' RICHARDS - The Punching Bag

FRANK ‘CANNONBALL’ RICHARDS – The Punching Bag

The pain proof man has existed in one form or another for centuries. From Fakirs walking on hot coals, to persons of extraordinary physiology like the great Mirin Dajo, to persons driving nails deep into their various facial orifices. However few individuals have captured the imagination of the modern pop culture audience than The Amazing…

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EDWARD MORDAKE – ‘Poor Edward’

The true tale of Edward Mordake (Mordrake) has been lost to history. His unusual case occurred early in medical history and is referenced only in tales handed down. The tale of his life has become so muddled through the passage of time that no solid date of birth or death is evident to modern researchers.

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MINERVA & CHARMION – Strongwomen

The image of handlebar moustached man garbed in a leopard print leotard has become the stereotypical image associated with feats of extraordinary strength. But, what about the ‘fairer sex’? Was there ever a professional strongwoman? In fact, there were several.

MADEMOISELLE GABRIELLE – The Half-Woman

Mademoiselle Gabrielle was a legless marvel from the early 1900’s. She was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1884 and began her freak show and exhibition career at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900 as The Half-Woman. Her first foray into show business proved quite successful as she soon traveled to America to work with the…

THE OSTRICH PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE

The topic of ectrodactyly has been discussed in the past on this very site. The story of Grady Stiles Jr. detailed the condition at length but, to summarize, ectrodactyly is a rare congenital deformity of the hand where the middle digit is missing and the hand is cleft where the metacarpal of the finger should…

CAPTAIN FRED WALTERS and Other Blue People

CAPTAIN FRED WALTERS and Other Blue People

Skin tone is often a hot social topic. The conversations surrounding the perceived rights of ‘visible minorities’ has long been a heated one. However, what if your skin color placed you in a tiny minority? A tiny and very blue visible minority. The most famous of the blue people were the Fugates family. The blue…

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HORNED HUMANS REVISITED, AGAIN

A Chinese grandmother has a five inch horn growing out of her forehead. The horn curves downward and looks like the stalk of a pumpkin, reports the Yangcheng Evening Post.Granny Zhao, 95, of Zhanjiang city, Guangdong province, says it first appeared three years ago. “At first, it was only a mole, but it gradually grew…

ELEPHANTIASIS - The Swelling Infestation

ELEPHANTIASIS – The Swelling Infestation

Images of persons afflicted with elephantiasis often crop up online and for decades the condition had been wrongfully fingered as the cause of the deformities distressing Joseph ‘The Elephant Man’ Merrick. For the record, Merrick likely suffered from Proteus syndrome; however the public mind continues to associate his bulbous and sagging appearance with the symptoms…

MYRTLE CORBIN – The Four-Legged Woman

Myrtle Corbin, was known as the Four-Legged Woman – however that moniker was slightly misleading. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress  only one pair actually belonged to her. The other set belonged to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lincoln County, TN in 1868 and…

NICCOLO PAGANINI - The Devil's Violinist

NICCOLO PAGANINI – The Devil’s Violinist

Niccolò Paganini, born October 27, 1782, is still considered by many the greatest violin virtuosi to have ever lived. While the 19th century saw several extraordinary violinists, the Italian Paganini was so beyond his peers that it was rumored by his contemporaries that he had sold his soul to the devil. Paganini first learned to…