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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.

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

conjoined triplets

Conjoined Triplets (Is It Even Possible?)

Of course, we all know that conjoined twins are possible, but what about conjoined triplets? That’s a great question. Has there ever been a confirmed case in all of history? After thorough research, we gathered some useful information to help answer this question.

If you go to Google and type in “conjoined triplets,” you won’t exactly find what you are looking for. You mostly see articles about identical triplets, with two that are conjoined. What we want to know is whether there has been a case where all 3 identical triplets are conjoined. read more

Cy The Cyclops Kitten

Return Of “Cy” The Cyclops Kitten (Never-Before-Seen Photos Released)

On Wednesday, December 28, 2005, a kitten was born in Redmond, Oregon. What made this one different than any other was its appearance. It was born with a rare medical condition called cyclopia, leaving it with just one eye and no nose. Although it survived for only one day, it quickly became a famous kitten who was given the name “Cy,” short for Cyclopes.

alive cyclops

On January 6, 2006, this photo of Cy was released. After it was shared on various websites, many viewers believed the image was a hoax. With Cy’s eye wide-open, many thought it was photoshopped. read more