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I was always fascinated by the individuals who overcome adverse life conditions and managed to make a living. Normal in life except for their medical conditions...I applaud them for their stamina and unwavering tenacity...

The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham: At his request, he was taxidermied after his death. Supposedly, the process to preserve the head went terribly wrong and left his face showing lack of expression therefore, unattractive. So, his head was replaced with the wax substitute and for a time was placed on the floor between his legs. It now sits in storage, safe and sound.

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Mary Ann Bevan

Mary Ann Bevan (December 20, 1874 – December 26, 1933), AKA "The Ugliest Woman in the World," was known for being one of the worst looking women ever. The reason she had this ugly appearance is because she had Acromegaly, a disease making you grow rapidly. Mary was married at age 3s, the same year that she started getting symptoms of the disease. When Mary died, she weighed 168 lbs and was 5 feet 7 inches tall, which was short for someone with acromegaly.

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Jean-Jacques Libbera

Jean Libbera (1884 - 1936), AKA "The Double-Bodied Man," had his brother, Jacques Libbera, connected to his from his chest-stomach area. He was born in Rome. The parasitic twin was alive and could move as well. An X-ray showed that there was a head embedded within Jean with a circumference of about six inches. He got married and had four normal children.

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Dolly Dimples was billed as “The World’s Prettiest Fat Girl” and “The World’s Most Beautiful Fat Lady”

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Pauline Musters

Pauline Musters (February 26, 1876 - February 16, 1895), AKA "Lady Dot, The Midget Mite" or "Princess Paulina," was a midget. She was 17 inches tall and weighed 8 1/2 pounds. SHe was the smallest recorded woman ever. She died of pneumonia when she was only 19 years old. A Dutch documentary on Pauline was made in 2002.

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"1818's; Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down. She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking.

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Technically called Hypertrichosis, Several circus side show performers in the 19th and early 20th centuries suffered from hypertrichosis. They were usually displayed as “freaks” and promoted as if they had distinct human and animal traits.

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