"In an almost-burlesque-related note, Barnum actually started in the side show business, with Barnum's American Museum rather than the three-ring circus we associate with him today. He first gained success in the 1840s with 'curiosities' such as General Tom Thumb (a midget), the Fiji Mermaid, and conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker." from circusinthemaking.blogspot.com
Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) was the tallest man ever. He measured 9 feet (2.74 m). He weighed 500 lb age 4 he was already 5 feet, 4 inches (1.63 m). He kept growing until the day he died. He performed with Ringling Brothers Circus in 1938. When Wadlow was 22, a faulty leg brace he was wearing popped of and cut his ankle. It then got infected. He died in his sleep at 22 years old on July 15, 1940.
Francisco Lentini Francisco A. Lentini is one of the few sideshow circus workers who actually garnered a ton of respect and praise … well, that’s after getting bullied for years, of course. He technically is a pair of conjoined twins, but his “brother” (who is made up of one leg and genitals) got attached to his spine.
Master Urho Abraham Panula, 2, was born on 25 April, 1909. The son of Juha and Maria Panula, he boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother and four brothers. They were travelling to Coal Centre, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to join their father. All 6 perished in the disaster. Urho's body body was never found - Find A Grave Photos
A former pro skater is designing a custom house that is completely skateable
We sometimes take for granted how easy we have it in the 21st century, and a good way to remind us about that is to remember just how rough life was in eras before ours. One of the ones that wasn't just rough but creepy was Victorian England.