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JOHN COFFEY – The Living Skeleton Dude

As far as human curiosities go, The Living Skeleton was always a classic attraction. Living Skeletons, sometimes referred to as ‘shadows’ in the exhibition business, were generally adult men afflicted with some sort of consumption disease and their emaciated presence was practically a standard in every circus, exhibition or sideshow for over 100 years. That…

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DOMINIQUE CASTAGNA – The Living Mummy

The Living Skeleton was a fairly common human marvel appearing in private exhibits and travelling sideshows during the heyday of human exhibition. Living Skeletons, sometimes referred to as ‘shadows’, were generally adult men afflicted with some sort of consumption disease ranging from digestive disorders to full blown cases of tuberculosis. Living Skeletons were emaciated to…

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,…

COUNT ORLOFF – The Transparent Man

COUNT ORLOFF – The Transparent Man

Few Human Marvels can ever compare to the unusual case of Count Orloff.He was a human oddity sometimes incorrectly billed as ossified, and correctly touted as being transparent. Ivannow Wladislaus von Dziarski-Orloff was born in Hungary in 1864.While he was completely normal during his childhood, at the age of 14 he began to experience an…

chinese FOOT BINDING

FOOT BINDING

The unusual Chinese practice of foot binding began during the Tang Dynasty (618–907). Although the tradition was officially banned by the Republic of China in 1911, the practice continued for quite some time in rural areas. Foot binding was initially a rather mild and harmless practice, performed by women attempting replicating the look of imperial…