Author Archives: Gabriel Buckley

Gabriel Buckley

About Gabriel Buckley

Gabe is a writer from Colorado, with his Master's degree in Professional Natural Sciences.

Chang and Eng Bunker

Chang And Eng Bunker: The Amazing Story Of The Original Siamese Twins

Chang and Eng Bunker (May 11, 1811 – January 17, 1874) are widely considered the most prominent conjoined twins in history, and are even the source of the colloquial term “Siamese Twins”, though that terminology is largely frowned upon for being largely incorrect and racist.

famous Siamese twins

Chang and Eng have one of the most interesting stories ever heard. They started as slaves but eventually became slave-owners, finally losing their slaves again after the Civil War. The full-story of Chang and Eng is not only interesting because of their unique biology, but also for the crazy and complicated lives led by the brothers. read more

Oliver humanzee

Who was Oliver the Humanzee?

Oliver was a young chimpanzee, likely kidnapped from the Congo at an early age, and sold to animal trainers in 1970. Frank and Janet Berger noticed as the chimp aged that he had very human-like traits, such as walking upright and having features that resembled an old man. Oliver was trained by the Bergers for 7 years, when another peculiar trait made itself known to the pair of trainers.

apes interacting with humans

Oliver seemed to be attracted to Janet, much more so than any of the female apes which were also kept by the Bergers. To her displeasure, Oliver may have tried to mate with her. This was the end of the road for Oliver with the Bergers, and they sold him to a lawyer named Michael Miller. read more