Category Archives: Human Abnormalities

Welcome to OdditiesBizarre’s Human Abnormalities category.  In this particular category we will be exploring a variety of captivating topics related to the many different diseases of the human body.  Diseases of various complex systems such as the nervous, digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular, skeletal system and more.

 

Every single post will provide plenty of valuable and extremely fascinating information with related images and footage.  All of the information is based on extensive research from reliable online sources.  Enjoy reading and learning a bunch of stunning facts, discoveries and amazing stories related to human oddities.

Grady Stiles III

An Interview With Grady Stiles III (The Son Of ‘Lobster Boy’ Grady Stiles Jr)

Welcome to our fascinating interview with Grady Stiles III, the son of the famous sideshow freak Grady Stiles, Jr., also known as Lobster Boy (June 26, 1937 – November 29, 1992).

Related article: Images of rare human deformities

What is Ectrodactyly?

What is Ectrodactyly?

An X-ray of a 12-year-old girl in 1907.

Ectrodactyly (also known as as split hand/split foot malformation (SHFM), cleft hand or lobster claw) is a rare congenital anomaly caused by human gene defects. It affects about 1 in 90,000 births.

The limb malformation involves the deficiency or absence of one or more central digits of the hand and/or foot. read more

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

Pasqual Pinon

Pasqual Pinon: A Sideshow Performer With Two Heads

Pasqual Pinon (1889-1929) was a railroad worker from Texas. Thanks to his incredibly rare deformity, he was able to support a large family of seven with a lucrative career as a circus sideshow performer. Thanks to his Pinon’s promoter, many believed he was a man with two heads.

sketch of the Two-Headed Mexican

Sketch by Courtney Williams

For a similar story on a man with two faces, visit our post called Edward Mordrake: True or False? You will also want to read our article on the only case of conjoined triplets.

The Story Of The “The Two-Headed Mexican”

Sells-Floto CircusAccording to the story, at the top of Pinon’s head was a second head. Back in the early 1900s, Pinon performed with the Sells Floto Circus. His so-called second head is what earned him the name “The Two-Headed Mexican.” read more

bizarre phobias

15 Weird Phobias People Actually Have

We gathered a list of 15 weird phobias you may not believe are possible. Each may not only seem irrational, but also a little insane. Believe it or not, all are real disorders of the mind. Interestingly, it is estimated that over 6 million American people live with a phobia.

research on mice

For decades, scientists have been researching to find answers to why people suffer from such irrational phobias. A Nature Neuroscience study found evidence that may provide a shocking explanation. The surprising results of the experiments explain that a traumatic event could affect DNA in sperm, which could then alter the brains and behavior of future generations. read more

The Living Skeleton

Isaac W. Sprague: The Skeleton Man

Isaac W. Sprague, also known as “The Living Skeleton,” was born May 21, 1841, in East Bridgewater Massachusetts. He had a normal childhood until his health began deteriorating at age 12. Some early speculation indicated that he may have contracted a bacterial pathogen while swimming, which triggered his subsequent lifelong illness.

emaciated man

Sprague’s disease caused him to be unable to gain weight no matter the nutrients he consumed and he developed progressive muscle wasting and weakness. This combination led to his later famed and exploited skeletal frame in adulthood. It was said that Sprague would always have keep a flask of sugared milk with him at all times to sip on through the day just so he could get steady nutrients so he would not faint or die from starvation. The only official measurement of Sprague was taken by a physician in 1885 when he was 44 years old, where he weighed just 43 pounds at 5 feet 6 inches. read more