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RALPH KROONER - The Elephant-Skinned Man

RALPH KROONER – The Elephant-Skinned Man

Ralph Albert Krooner was born in Montpelier, Vermont in 1888 and he owed much of his fictitious and show-worthy back story to the long-discredited medical theory of maternal impression. The theory of maternal impression was once a popular phenomenon that attempted to explain the existence of birth defects and congenital disorders. The theory stated that…

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…

Woman with horn

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…

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,…