Original c.1910 photo postcard of "May-Joe". May-Joe was born on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio, on October 16, 1905, the child - or children - of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ethinger. The child had three buttocks, three legs, all poorly developed, two stomachs, and two sets of kidneys. Most remarkable was the fact that he was a hermaphrodite (or, more properly, a pseudohermaphrodite). Despite this ambiguity, the parents assigned their baby a masculine name, George Francis.
Bettie Lou Williams (1932-1954) had a parasitic twin growing out of the left side of her body. It’s said that she was the highest paid human oddity in history, earning up to one grand a week. She put her 11 siblings through college and purchased a 260 acre farm for her parents. She died of an asthma attack at 22.
[n b Certainly NOT the first plastic surgeries...) Willie Vicarage, who was suffering from facial wounds that he sustained in the Battle of Jutland in was one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction using plastic surgery. Read more at
While caring for the infants, John noticed something strange: a white line across the forehead of baby Jennifer that mirrored a scar the deceased Jacqueline used to have. And on the back of Jennifer's leg was a birthmark identical to Jacqueline's.
Barney (born 1827) and his older brother Hiram were two mentally impaired dwarves who were born and raised on an Ohio farm. Despite their tiny size:said to stand 4o inches and weigh 45 lbs. Farm labor had made them strong, endowing them with the ability to lift heavy weights (up to 300 lbs) They were given the stage names Waino and Plutanor, two gentlemen from the exotic land of Borneo. Years later, they were hired for P.T. Barnum’s travelling shows. Hiram passed way in 1905; Barney in…