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Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton. He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

William Durks (1913-1975) had a birth defect that prevented the two halves of his face from joining together during gestation. The middle eye seen here is painted on; he had only two eyes, one of which was blind. He had trouble talking due to deformities of his lip and palate. He was a farmer until age 40, when he joined the sideshow. Bill would find love when he met Milly, the alligator-skinned woman. They remained together until her death in 1968.

The Civil Rights Movement encompasses social movements in the US whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans and to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law. This article covers the phase of the movement between 1954 and 1968, particularly in the South.

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'Never Forget - The Native American Genocides

I think this is interesting because the Holocaust is publicized so much but we tend to forget about how many were lost when the colonies were founded in American soil.

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Photos: The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb, 65 years later

A mother and child struggle to go on living, August 10, 1945, a day after the atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, Japan

Russian women training for the sniping job. The girl with the rifle is not using uniform, so she probably was a partisan.

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Creepy amazing stories - Dyatlov incident

Creepy amazing stories - Dyatlov incident. Fantastic writing prompt. Just make up a story to explain this evidence. Here's the wiki link to more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident

Philip Obermarck Brings us the mummified heart of a Norse giant. While going through his famous grandfather's belongings after his passing in 1937, violinist Lars Sigerson discovered this casket. It appears to Have Been Within his family for Hundreds of years. The inscriptiont is in old Norse runes and reads: "Behold! Within this casket lies the heart of the fierce and terrible giant Known as Hrungnir, This Day slain by Fafrd the Red Whose bravery and cunning shall live forever! "JOTUN…

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Special: Women's History Month

Pat Garrett's wife, holding the gun he used to kill Billy the Kid

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Russian Surgeon who did his own Surgery – Brave Act

evan o'neill kane... crazy-surgeon who performed his own appendectomy... among other things.

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16 Real Old-Timey Photographs That Will Give you Nightmares

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.

Smartest man who ever lived?? IQ estimated between 250 & 300. Taught himself 8 languages as a child & was eventually conversant ~ 40, invented another & entered Harvard, age 11 (2 yrs later than he wanted). A mathematical as well as linguistic genius and went on to teach classes in geometry and trigonometry in Texas at the age of 17. Sadly he never fulfilled his potential, preferring a lifetime of isolation and privacy. He worked a succession of menial jobs until his death at the age of 46.

Enslaved in their own homeland, Congolese men chained by other Africans for European Wealth and King Leopold's insatiable greed for Africa's natural resources.

Geronimo. In February 1909, Geronimo was thrown from his horse while riding home, lay in the cold all night before a friend found him. He died of pneumonia on 2/17/1909, as a prisoner of the U.S. at Fort Sill, OK. His last words were reported to be said to his nephew, "I should have never surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive." He was buried at Fort Sill, OK in the Apache Indian Prisoner of War Cemetery.

Skeleton of a ‘soldier’ with iron sword, belt, leather and bronze ‘sporran’, and iron dagger Herculaneum, ancient shoreline The same heat that carbonised objects reduced people to skeletons. This man, found on the ancient shore of Herculaneum, was wearing a belt of silver and bronze plaques and carrying a long sword and stabbing dagger. He is thought to be a soldier. The volcanic surge hurled him down with huge force, breaking his bones.

Lansford Whiting Ingalls, born Nov. 12, 1812 in Quebec, Canada. Photo shows him at age 50. Father of Charles P. Ingalls; grandfather of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Just weird.... Carrie Fudgewallow. At age six Carrie dug up her father's skull, and would constantly be within 3 feet of it her entire life. At age 89 she ground the skull into powder, consumed it in tea, and expired forthwith.

This is a photo of a 19 year-old girl, who stopped aging at age 2, being held by her 17 year-old younger sister. Her name is Brooke Greenberg, and her doctors have termed her condition "Syndrome X."