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.

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

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

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

Eli Bowen

Eli Bowen & The Rare Congenital Disorder “Phocomelia”

Biologist Jessica DeRubeis briefly discusses the life of sideshow performer Eli Bowen. Then, she goes on to explain the extremely rare congenital disorder called phocomelia in great detail.

Who was Eli Bowen?

Eli Bowen, frequently known as “The Legless Wonder”, was an American acrobat who turned his medical disability into a lucrative living. One of eight siblings, Eli was born with a congenital abnormality in which the bones of his legs did not form correctly and his feet grew directly from his torso. This condition is known as phocomelia. 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