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15 Vintage Abnormalities We Bet You Haven’t Seen

In this job, I come across some pretty crazy things. People who’ve put cement in their face as a cheap version of Botox (spoiler alert, it didn’t work), a boy with way too many fingers, a guy who thought a rock was Big Foot’s skull — the list goes on and on.

But time and again, history proves that what we think is messed up now is child’s play compared to the past.

Seriously. I know there was like a lot of malnutrition and lack of vaccines, but how could it be THIS bad?!

Take a look and SHARE with us the medical oddity you think is the most insane.

1. Siblings who prove you can never be too close.

Chang and Eng Bunker were attached identical twins born in 1811. The pair toured the world with PT Barnum and gained global fame in the sideshow. At 28, the two retired, took up farming, married sisters, and had 21 children. Yes. That’s not a typo. 21.

1. Siblings who prove you can never be too close.
via Facebook / Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

2. He was born too early.

This man suffered from Von Recklinghausen’s Disease, a disorder where your nerves grow an incredible amount of tumors. The scariest part? If one parent suffers from the illness, the child has a 50 percent chance of inheriting it.

2. He was born too early.
via Listverse
 

3. The civil war was full of atrocities, but THIS came out too!

Here we have an artificial hand that allowed the wearer to hold tools by opening and closing the elbow. It was created during the civil war to help survivors, many of whom lost a limb due to amputation.

3. The civil war was full of atrocities, but THIS came out too!
via Instagram / @muttermuseum

4. Look up. WAY up.

Meet John Aasen, the tallest man who was also likely the world’s biggest ham. He toured all over, even appearing in movies. He was just over seven-feet-tall, so he likely had a bunch of #tallpeopleproblems.

Aasen was super tall, but I feel like the next person had way more problems…

4. Look up. WAY up.
via TheTallestMan.com

5. It must have been a long six years…

Madame Dimanche, or Widow Sunday, was a French woman who had a horn grow out of the center of her forehead over six years. It was eventually removed by a French surgeon after growing 9.8 inches in length.

5. It must have been a long six years...
via Ebaum’s World

6. That looks like quite the headache…

This was found in a medical journal in 1821.

6. That looks like quite the headache...
via Instagram / @muttermuseum
 

7. You think YOUR back hurts?

Nowadays you can fix a spine that has started to curve with a brace — but you couldn’t do that way back when. This caused the affected person’s spine to twist almost into a question mark.

7. You think YOUR back hurts?
via Instagram / @muttermuseum

8. This unfortunate disorder still exists today.

Ectrodactyly is a birth defect where the person will be born with cleft hands and/or feet. People would be called “lobsters” as they were missing the digits in the middle of their hands and feet, making it look like they had claws. The next subject could happen too, but hopefully not often.

8. This unfortunate disorder still exists today.
via Pinterest / Medicana Life
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