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THE FRENCH ANGEL – Maurice Tillet

Perhaps most well know under the name ‘The French Angel’, Maurice Tillet was born in 1903 in the Ural Mountains in Russia to French parents. and he was born a completely average and healthy child. He aspired to become an actor and was highly intelligent, allegedly speaking 14 languages and being quite gifted in prose. However,…

MARY ANN BEVANS – The Homeliest Woman

Mary Ann Bevans, commonly referred to as ‘The Homeliest Woman in the World’, likely suffered from acromegaly. She was born Mary Ann Webster in London, England in 1874 as one of eight children. She was employed as a nurse and began to display characteristics of acromegaly shortly after her marriage in 1903. Following the passing…

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…

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MORTADO – The Human Fountain

Yesterday I mentioned in passing that Mirin Dajo used his unique talent to turn himself into a ‘human fountain’. I would be in error if I did not mention Mortado, The Human Fountain. Mortado actually had holes bored through his feet and hands. These holes were not traditional piercings and, while seated in a specially…