Better known as the "elephant man," Joseph Merrick lived a tragic life. However, this would ultimately prove to be his downfall when he died from swallowing a needle. But it wasn't long before the trend stopped growing. Mirin Dajo became famous for astounding the medical community by piercing his body with all kinds of objects seemingly without injury. Dubbed the "Four-Legged Girl From Texas," Myrtle Corbin was born with a severe congenital deformity that caused her to have two separate pelvises and a smaller set of legs. From "The Elephant Man" to "Lobster Boy," these stories are far more tragic than anyone realized at the time. The idea of a spectacle that exploits people with severe physical deformities and abnormalities, better known as a "freak show," has existed for centuries. In many cases, they were sent to the freak shows as children by their parents to earn the family extra money and because public schools wouldn't have them. He would also make several appearances as a bird creature in Tarzan movies.
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