Grace McDaniels

Grace McDaniels: The Original “World’s Ugliest Woman”

Grace McDaniels (March 14 1888 – March 17 1958) had an extremely severe deformity that gave her grotesque facial features. In 1935, she won “The Ugliest Woman” contest, which lead her to a lucrative career with the Harry Lewiston’s Traveling Circus. McDaniels was known as “The Ugliest Woman in the World,” and the “Mule-Faced Woman.”

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A Severe Facial Deformity

CT scan showing the brain of a 20 month old child with Sturge–Weber syndrome.

According to many sources on the Web, McDaniels likely suffered from a rare congenital neurocutaneous disorder called Sturge–Weber syndrome (or encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis). read more

Leonarda Cianciulli: The “Soap-Maker of Correggio”

Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli (April 14, 1894 – October 15, 1970) murdered three middle-aged women between 1939 and 1940. She turned her victims’ bodies into soap and teacakes. This monster became known as the “Soap-Maker of Correggio.”

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Warning: The following content may be extremely disturbing to some viewers.

This post was updated on May 23, 2021.

The Early Years

a young CianciulliCianciulli was born into an abusive household in Montella, Avellino, Italy. At a young age, she was already on her way towards a very tough life. She was often depressed, and attempted suicide twice. read more

horrific Porsche accident

Nikki Catsouras – The Horrific Porsche Girl Story

Nikki Catsouras (March 4, 1988 – October 31, 2006) was killed in a horrific accident after speeding in her father’s Porsche. Extremely disturbing photographs of her mutilated body quickly leaked and spread on many websites where she was dubbed “Porsche Girl.”    

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This post was updated by Trina McMillin. Read Trina’s fascinating piece on “The Goriest Deaths In History.” read more

Interesting Coronavirus Questions

4 Interesting Coronavirus Questions (An Epidemiologist Weighs In)

Epidemiologist MoNique Gaines-Harris responds to fascinating questions on COVID-19.

Note: This article does not cover questions on any variants recently discovered.

COVID-19 mask

Gauze masks were recommended to halt the spread of the Spanish Flu

Spanish Flu gauze mask

This is a photo from a newspaper article in The Washington Times (September 27, 1918). It shows a woman wearing a gauze mask, which was recommended by Red Cross to help control the spread of the 1918 flu pandemic.

1. Do you think there may be long term effects for asymptomatic coronavirus patients?

woman with mask on

There is still a great deal to learn about SARS-CoV-2, even more so concerning asymptomatic individuals. Current studies show radiologic and laboratory findings of some asymptomatic patients are similar to those of symptomatic patients. Specifically, abnormally low white blood cell and platelet counts have been found as well as ground-glass opacities (a white-flecked pattern seen on lung CT scans, indicative of increased density). read more

weird websites list

100 Weird Websites To Cure Your Boredom

So you want to find something fun to help cure your boredom? This is a list with 100 weird websites designed for pure entertainment purposes. Some of the web pages are so bizarre, you may not believe they really exist. For your convenience, we made this long list easy to navigate.

In September of 2014, the number of websites online passed a billion. The count was estimated and announced by Internet Live Stats, and tweeted by Tim Berners-Lee — the inventor of the World Wide Web. As of September of 2020, the number of websites reached over 1.8 billion. read more