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POLYDACTLY MARVELS

POLYDACTLY MARVELS

The trait of polydactyl (also known as supernumerary fingers) is an inherited trait and these occurrences have been carefully documented for centuries. Some extreme cases include: an instance of 13 fingers on each hand and 12 toes on each foot, an infant at the Htel-Dieu in Paris in 1687 which had 40 digits, ten on…

Le Petomane professional farter

LE PETOMANE – The Fartiste

  Born in Marseilles, France in 1857 Joseph Pujol eventually became one of the most unique performers ever to grace a stage. Legend has is that one day, while swimming, Pujol discovered his unique ability. As he took a deep breath before submerging, he felt water enter his rear. He soon discovered that, with abdominal…

MORTADO---The-Human-Fountain

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…

MIRIN DAJO – The Extreme Human Pincushion

The man in the video is Dutch Fakir Mirin Dajo. He was born in 1912 as Arnold Gerrit Henskes and adopted his name, an Esperanto term that translates to mean ‘wonderful’. In 1947, at the Corso Theatre in Zurich, Mirin Dajo allow an assistant to plunge a fencing foil right through his body. The foil…

pickled-punk deformed baby

PICKLED PUNKS – Marvels Under Glass

Picked Punks have been a part of every well stocked cabinet of curiosity and perhaps the most controversial of all sideshow exhibits. A ‘Pickled Punk’ is a sideshow term for a preserved human fetus, usually deformed and usually displayed as a specimen in a jar or other vessel. The practice of preserving and displaying prodigious…