John 'Bud' Rogan (1868-1905) of Tennessee was the second tallest man in history at 8' 9''. His abnormal growth started at age 13 and he became unable to walk a few years later. He got around with a goat cart and was known for his extremely deep voice and playful attitude. He was 300 lbs at one time but had wasted to 175 lbs by the time of his death at age 37.
If they die we die - help them in your garden by planting open single head flowers, planting the same plants in clusters rather than peppered around the garden, plant for a succession of flowers throughout the year. Some good varieties include snowdrops, aconites, blackthorn, mahonia, hollyhocks, foxgloves, forget me nots, borage, lavender, wild thyme, buddleia and let the clover grow in your lawn. If you have space for a wild patch they also love dandelion and nettle.
The Shigir Idol is the most ancient wooden sculpture in the world, made during the Mesolithic period, around 7,500 BCE. It is displayed in the "Historic Exhibition" Museum in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The radiocarbon dating carried out confirmed by the Institute of Geology of the Academy of Science of Russia in Moscow, gives an age of 9,500 years. It is the most ancient known wooden sculpture in the world.
Ivannow Wladislaus von Dziarski-Orloff (1864 - 1904) was normal until age 14, when he got an unknown wasting disease. His skin was paper thin and his musculature so atrophied that with the aid of a bright spotlight spectators could actually see the blood coursing through his veins. He used an opium pipe for the pain from his condition, which became one of his trademarks on stage.
America's first woman filmmaker, Lois Weber (1881-1939) began her career as an actress, but in 1913 she began directing films and by 1916, working at Universal, she was one of the highest paid directors in the world. In 1917 she formed her own production company, and her career flourished until the early 1920's. Her films, which focused on such controversial and serious issues as birth control and abortion, brought her into constant conflict with distributors.