Author Archives: Joseph Caltabiano

About Joseph Caltabiano

Joseph Caltabiano is a writer, 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

Angelo Hays (born c. 1918, died January 12, 2008) was a Frenchman who became famous for surviving an alleged two-day premature burial, and inventing his own security coffin.

This article was updated on September 27, 2020.

September 1, 1937: The Motorcycle Crash

survived premature burial

On September 1, 1937 (age 19), Hays took a joyride on his motorcycle and fractured his skull. After skidding out of control, he was thrown from the vehicle headfirst into a brick wall. The impact was so severe, his own parents were not aloud to view his body. 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

Blanche Dumas (born in 1860) was a courtesan with three legs, four breasts, two vulvas and two vaginas. In addition to her unusual sexual anatomy, Dumas also had an extremely strong libido.

This post was updated by Trina McMillin.

Featured image sketch by artist Desiree Walker

two vaginas

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

Dumas was born on the island of Martinique (an insular region of France). 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

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

Chinese man Huang Chuncai (born December 29, 1977) has the most extreme case of neurofibromatosis ever recorded. With a massive 25 kg tumor hanging from his face to his waist, he became famously known for being “China’s Elephant Man.”  

Chuncai’s medical condition has prevented him from living a normal life. Sadly, he can barely move, eat, or even sleep. When he walks, he has to hold his growth. To help reduce the size of his growths, Chuncai has had a total of four major surgeries (from 2007 – 2013). read more