6. Wang: THE HUMAN UNICORN
In 1930, a Chinese farmer from Manchukuo was discovered by an expat Russian banker.
The Russian was able to take a picture of the man and he sent the snapshot off to Robert Ripley of ‘Believe It Or Not!’ fame.
Known only as Wang, or sometimes referred to as Weng, the farmer was normal in every respect except fot the fact that he possessed a fourteen-inch spire-like horn growing from the back of his head.
Ripley offered a huge cash reward to anyone who could produce Wang for an appearance in his Odditorium.
However Wang disappeared from the public eye in the early 1930’s and was never heard from again.
7. Joseph Merrick: THE ELEPHANT MAN
Joseph Carey MerrickBorn in 1862, Joseph Merrick developed a physical disorder that caused his limbs to grow extremely large when he was five years old.
He joined a side-show attraction in 1884 where he was treated well and earnt a large sum of money.
A visiting doctor saw him there and made arrangements for him to live a better life.
It now believed that Joseph Merrick actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome and not elephantiasis as is commonly thought.
Merrick died at the age of 27 from suffocation while he slept.