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About Joseph Caltabiano

Joseph Caltabiano is a blogger, oddities lover and a former surgical technologist. He left the field of surgical technology to pursue a career in blogging and internet marketing. As clearly shown in his posts, Joseph is very passionate about unusual topics. His two most favorite topics are medical and weird science.

Angelo Hays

Angelo Hays: A Man Who Survived After Being Buried Alive For 2 Days

This is the bizarre, yet true story of the famous Frenchman and inventor Angelo Hays (born in 1918, died on January 12, 2008). At the age of just 18, Hays took a joyride on his motorcycle. Little did he know that he was about to take the scariest ride of his life. Despite his unimaginable experience, this was a tragedy that helped him become a French celebrity.

This article was updated on August 20, 2019.

September 1, 1937: The Motorcycle Crash

 man in motorcycle accident

Not long after taking off on his bike for a joyride, Hays himself claimed that on September 1, 1937, he fractured his skull in a serious motorcycle accident. He was thrown from is motorcycle headfirst into a brick wall. The impact messed his face up so bad, his own parents were not even aloud to view his body. Talk about a devastating experience. When doctors examined Hays, they could not find a pulse. He was declared dead and was laid to rest. read more

Edward Mordrake

Edward Mordrake: Was The Story Fact or Fiction?

This is the dubious story of Mr. Edward Mordrake (also spelled Edward Mordake). Perhaps this one is the strangest story of all deformities in human history.

Article updated by Trina McMillin.

If This Is Mordrake’s Mummified Head, It Would Surely Prove His Existence

two-faced skull

Source: Newsweek

Mordrake, who was a wealthy man from the 1800s, is said to have had the face of his evil twin attached to the back of his head. There has been continued debate as to whether Mordrake was a real man or just a product of fiction writer Charles Hildreth’s imagination; although this debate seemed to have cooled, on April 30, 2018, a Facebook page, Pictures in History, came forward claiming to have a picture of Mordrake’s mummified head, with the evil twin’s face fully intact. read more

Oddities TV Show

Oddities TV Show: Was It Cancelled?

Are you a big fan of the popular Oddities TV show? Well, that is what this post is all about. Today, we will talk about the actual store, some of the bizarre rarities that make their way into Obscura Antiques & Oddities and the show’s sixth season. We will also share some very interesting YouTube videos from the series, as well as information on how you can view even more shows.

If you are looking to purchase odd items online, visit our post on various retailers of oddities. You will also want to check out our updated story on the famous cat known as “Cy” the cyclops kitten. read more

Blanche Dumas

Blanche Dumas: A French Prostitute With 3 Legs, 4 Breasts & 2 Vaginas

The story of Blanche Dumas is incredibly unique. In fact, it is so bizarre, you may think it is pure fiction. Dumas was equipped with four breasts, three legs, and two vaginas that were functional. Talk about a jaw-dropping sexual oddity. Dumas also had an extremely strong libido.

This post was updated by Trina McMillin.

Featured image sketch by Desiree Walker

Dumas’ Life

two vaginas

The real Blanch Dumas. (Source: newsmov.biz)

According to various sources on the Web, Dumas was born on the island of Martinique (an insular region of France) in 1860. Her father was French, and her mother was one-quarter black. At the age of 25, Dumas was visited and also documented by Bechlinger of Para, Brazil. She was then added to the pages of Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine (an encyclopedic collection of very rare and extraordinary cases in medicine). read more

Huang Chuncai: China’s Elephant Man (Where Is He Now?)

Chinese man Huang Chuncai had the most extreme case of neurofibromatosis ever recorded. His condition was so severe, he was been dubbed “China’s Elephant Man.” With a massive 25 kg tumor that hanged from his face to his waist, his face appeared like it was actually melted.

Sadly, his condition prevented him from living a normal life. Chuncai could barely move, eat, or even sleep. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, when he walked, he had to hold his growth.

Where Is Chuncai Now?

China's Elephant Man now

The latest picture of Huang Chuncai (source: Daily Star)

Chuncai has had a total of 4 major surgeries (from 2007 – 2013) to reduce the size of his growths. If you are online searching for an updated article on his progress, you won’t be able to find any information more recent than March of 2017. read more