Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

Abigail and Brittany Hensel are 22 year old conjoined twins from the United States. They have their own reality show on TLC 'Abby & Brittany'.

The Last Full Blooded Aztec Couple

Cyclopia is a rare birth defect where a child is born with one eye in the middle of his or her head. The baby also typically lacks a functional nose. There has been some speculation that the condition may be related to certain cancer treatment drugs and toxins taken by pregnant women.

The MUSE BROTHERS- Born in the 1890’s the pair were scouted by sideshow agents and kidnapped in 1899 by bounty hunters working in the employ of an unknown sideshow promoter. Black albinos, being extremely rare, would have been an extremely lucrative attraction. George Muse died in 1971, but Willie lived until 2001 and died at the age of 108.

Conjoined twins

Aerial view of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center under construction looking northeast. February 1971

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Sarah Rector--By the age of 10, she became the richest Black child in America. She received a land grant from the Creek Nation as part of reparations. Soon after, oil was discovered on her property. By 1912, the revenue from this oil was $371,000 per year (roughly $6.5 million today). Despite various attempts to steal her land and fortune, Sarah resisted. She went on to attend Tuskegee University and eventually settled in Kansas City, Missouri where her mansion still stands.

Belt made of the nipples of Ed Gein's victims

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June & Jennifer Gibbons were born April 11,1963 and grew up in Wales. They became the subject of books as "The Silent Twins" due to their choice to communicate only with each other, in their own language. They wrote brilliant works of fiction but were convicted of arson, and were committed to Broadmoor Hospital for 11 years. Prior to their release in 1993, they informed the CEO that Jennifer would have to die, "to allow June to be free." On that very day, Jennifer died suddenly at aged 29.

BETTY BOOP - Origin Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, "Baby Esther," was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the The Cotton Club in Harlem. Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and (COPIED or stole) Ms. Jones' singing style! for a recording of "I Wanna Be Loved By You." Ms. Jones' singing style went on to become the inspiration for Max Fleischer cartoon character's voice and singing style of BETTY BOOP, who was a Black Woman.

Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.

110-year old reusable condoms made from fish bladder

The word “monster” originally meant “deformed”. A monster could be a two headed calf, conjoined twins or a hideously deformed human infant. It was only in the 20th century that monster came to mean any cruel or alien creature.

Twins post mortum. See the stands propping them up. (not sure about this one..)

Daisy and Violet Hilton (1908-1969), conjoined twins. The pretty and talented twins worked in the sideshow and vaudeville (with Bob Hope). They also appeared in the movies 'Freaks' and 'Chained for Life'. They had a few short-lived publicity marriages. They couldn't get work in the 60s and ended up abandoned by their manager and penniless. They worked at a supermarket the last eight years of their lives. After not reporting for work, it was discovered they had died of influenza.

Thats Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 as a dipygus, which is a medical term for Is that an extra pelvis? Oh man, it totally is. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow but later married a doctor, raised five children (using both of her two functional reproductive systems), lived to the age of 60.

Meet James Lewis James Springer, identical twins were separated at 3 weeks of age adopted by different families in Ohio. They met when they were 39, and lived within 45 miles of each other. Both had been named James by their adopted family. Both had worked as sheriff's deputies, married a woman named Linda, both divorced, both remarried a woman named Betty. One named a son James Alan, the other named his son James Allan. And they both had a dog named Toy.

This is Lydia Fairchild, and she is one of the rare people in the world known as human chimeras. When a fertilized egg meets another fertilized egg in the womb it has 2 choices: develop separately into fraternal twins, or absorb the competition. Chimeras occur when the twin is absorbed but doesn't die, instead continuing to live in your body. Thus one person carries 2 different set of genes, with random organs having your twin's DNA. Anyone could be a chimera without knowing it.