All posts by Charlie Hintz

  • London’s Malplaquet House is an enormous Cabinet of Curiosities

    The Malplaquet House is filled floor-to-ceiling with art, religious artifacts, and natural history specimens.

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • Cold War Home Built 26 Feet Underground

    Underground shelters built in fear of a nuclear attack were usually cramped spaces with just enough amenities to survive a few months. When wealthy recluse Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson built his Cold War bunker in 1978, he...

    • Posted September 8, 2013
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  • Girl to Gorilla Sideshow Act

    The girl-to-gorilla trick is an old sideshow act based on the principles of the vintage Blue Room or Pepper’s Ghost illusions. For decades it mystified eager crowds in dimly lit tents as one of the top-grossing grind...

    • Posted September 6, 2013
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  • The Dying Drunkard

    On Sunday, August 25th Christina and I embarked on an expedition to the sanctuary of the surreal: the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. House on the Rock is home to extravagant and often unnerving...

    • Posted August 26, 2013
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  • Circus World Museum Brings Circus History to Life in Baraboo, WI

    Circus history comes alive at Circus World in Baraboo with Big Top performances, sideshow and the world's largest collection of vintage circus wagons.

    • Posted August 23, 2013
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  • Theda Bara

    Silent film actress Theda Bara (1885-1955) was one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols, gracing the silver screen in risque costumes as femme fatale characters that earned her the nickname “The Vamp.” Though photos still exist, most of...

    • Posted August 12, 2013
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  • The Knife Thrower’s Girl

    The beautiful assistant for a 19th-century knife-throwing sideshow act.

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Mechanical Centipede

    Photo of an experimental mechanical centipede vehicle.

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Batmobile Limo

    • Posted August 6, 2013
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  • Smithsonian Giant Skeleton Conspiracy

    Newspapers of the 19th century reported many discoveries of giant human skeletons, which have since seemingly vanished without a trace. Is the lack of evidence proof of a Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up their existence, or proof...

    • Posted August 2, 2013
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  • Breast Protectors for Female War Workers

    These WWII workers are modeling safety gear for female workers, including the plastic breast protector to keep our most important national treasures out of harm’s way.

    • Posted August 2, 2013
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  • Weirdest Facebook Posts for July

    The Cult of Weird community is growing at dizzying rates across our various social media profiles, including Twitter (@CultofWeird), Tumblr and Google+. However, by far the largest, fastest-growing and most entertaining is the Cult of Weird Facebook...

    • Posted August 1, 2013
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  • Ferrari Modulo Concept Car

    The futuristic Ferrari 512 S Modulo concept car designed by Paolo Martin for Pininfarina. The Modulo was unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It has a canopy-style roof that slides forward to permit entry, as well...

    • Posted July 29, 2013
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  • Mike the Headless Chicken PBS Documentary

    This video clip from a PBS documentary details the strange life of Mike the headless chicken, who lived for a year and a half after the farmer’s axe took his head in 1945.

    • Posted July 25, 2013
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  • Anatomy for the Blind

    This old photo depicts a talk and touch session for the blind about human anatomy, 1913.

    • Posted July 24, 2013
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  • LSD Experiments: The Confused Cat

    This 1960 film report from the US government depicts a cat under the influence of LSD.

    • Posted July 24, 2013
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  • Whales Almost Swallow Divers

    Divers have a close call with humpback whales while diving Souza Rock on the central California coast.

    • Posted July 23, 2013
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  • Death on Display at the Paris Morgue

    Death became a popular pastime at the Paris Morgue in the late 19th century, where bodies were displayed publicly for identification.

    • Posted July 22, 2013
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  • The Lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy

    Rosemary Kennedy was lobotomized at the age of 23 to calm her violent mood swings and spent the rest of her life incapacitated.

    • Posted July 19, 2013
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  • The Accidents of Youth (1819)

    A volume of cautionary tales published in 1819 meant to invoke obedience in children lest they maim or kill themselves.

    • Posted July 17, 2013
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  • Victorian Spiritualist

    Vintage promotional photo for a Victorian-era spiritualist.

    • Posted July 2, 2013
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  • Clam Licking Salt Video

    This video is titled “Clam Licking Salt.” However, clams do not have tongues. It is in fact a clam foot trying to dig.

    • Posted June 21, 2013
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  • Wavelength

    Are dark and strange truths about non-human alien entities and disturbing government experiments buried in the obscure 1983 sci-fi film Wavelength? Read the article here. Watch Wavelength in it’s entirety right here.

    • Posted June 21, 2013
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  • General Robley’s Tattooed Heads

    Major General Horatio Gordon Robley with his collection of tattooed heads featured in P.T. Barnum‘s dime museum, 1883.

    • Posted June 19, 2013
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  • Life Cycle of a Beetle

    Vintage shadow box made in Denmark in the 1920s showing the life cycle of a beetle. This odd and beautiful piece is available on Etsy right here.

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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  • World Record Black Sea Bass

    These vintage photos depict fisherman with their world record black sea bass caught off of California’s Catalina Island. A world’s record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina...

    • Posted June 13, 2013
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  • Home Dentistry in the 1920s

    A woman prepares to pull a child’s tooth with a pliers in this photo from the 1920s.

    • Posted June 11, 2013
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  • World’s Largest Kidney Stone

    This is the world’s largest ever recorded kidney stone, removed from a patient in Hungary. It weighs 2.5lb and is 17cm in diameter.

    • Posted June 4, 2013
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  • Mystic Eye 1953 Divination Board Game

    This weekend’s adventures into the dark corners and dusty shelves of the unknown unearthed an original Mystic Eye board game! Made in 1953 by Mister B Industries, Mystic Eye claims to be a powerful oracle and party...

    • Posted June 2, 2013
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  • Tibetan Engraved Skull

    An engraved human skull from Tibet. The carvings are said to be done to take a curse off a family or to guide the soul of a mislead human on the right path to enlightenment. Engraved in...

    • Posted June 1, 2013
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  • Tibetan Butter Sculpture

    The ancient art of Tibetan butter sculpture. Read about it here.

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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  • Stonehenge and Easter Island Explained

    Suddenly it all makes sense.

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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  • Coin-Operated Peep Show

    Coin-operated peepshow, 1954

    • Posted May 29, 2013
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  • The Sea’s Strangest Square Mile

    Short film explores a square mile of ocean floor that is home to bizarre alien-like creatures.

    • Posted May 28, 2013
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  • The Last Taxidermist in Paris

    Deyrolle is a 180-year-old taxidermy shop and natural history emporium in Paris. Founded in 1831 by well-known entomologist Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, the shop was home to a historic collection of taxidermy mounts, beetles, butterflies and more until a...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Snake Charmer

    Vintage photo of a circus sideshow snake charmer.

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Crawford Long’s Ether Amputation

    This tintype photo c. 1855-1860 is a staged portrayal of Crawford Long’s first use of ether as an anesthetic in a surgical procedure. Inhaling “laughing gas” become popular at parties in the early 1840s. Dr. Long noticed...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Eaten By Mountain Rats on Pike’s Peak

    In 1876, Pike’s Peak Signal Station attendant Private John O’Keefe told tall tales of life in the station to lawyer, newspaper man and drinking friend, Eliphat Price. O’Keefe recounted a story of large, man-eating rats that lived...

    • Posted May 20, 2013
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  • Hangman’s Tree

    Hangman’s Tree, the number one place to take your family for lousy food and warm beer.

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Crab Hat

    Vintage photo of a woman wearing a crab hat.

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Lina Medina: Youngest Mom Ever

    Lina Medina, pictured above with her doctor and her 11-month-old son, was born September 27, 1933. At the age of five years, seven months and 17 days she gave birth to a six pound baby boy, becoming...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Vintage Wisconsin Dells Bull Horn Ashtray

    View on Etsy Vintage bull horn ashtray vacation kitsch novelty from Wisconsin Dells. This antique souvenir is made from real bull horns, with a Wisconsin Dells decal on the base. Bull horn ashtrays usually including a metal...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Mummified Deer Head

    View on Etsy The naturally mummified head of a white tail deer with antlers intact. There is a cut in the forehead from someone starting to remove the antlers. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy COUPON...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Pronghorn Antelope Taxidermy

    Vintage North American pronghorn antelope taxidermy mount for sale. In great shape. Minor wear on one ear. SOLD Cult of Weird on Etsy COUPON CODES & MORE Copy & paste the link below to join the Cult...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • The Death Trunk of Murderer Emma LeDoux

    On the evening of March 24th, 1906 an unmarked trunk left at a train depot in Stockton, CA began to draw suspicion when a foul smell was traced to it. Police were summoned and the trunk was...

    • Posted May 10, 2013
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  • Ray Harryhausen

    Legendary stop-motion animation pioneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died today at the age of 92. His work includes creatures from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., King Kong,...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • The Legend of Margorie McCall

    The legend of the "Lady with the Ring," a woman who was accidentally buried alive, but revived when the grave diggers returned to steal her valuable jewelry.

    • Posted May 6, 2013
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  • Cannibalism & Human Evolution

    Can intelligence be eaten? In 1971 a book hit the shelves suggesting human evolution was driven by cannibalism. The book is The Beginning Was the End by Oscar Kiss Maerth. The book proposes that early cannibalistic apes...

    • Posted May 6, 2013
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  • The Morthouse

    This circular stone building, called a morthouse, houses a revolving wheel upon which a coffin would be placed & kept under lock and key. When another body was deposited, the wheel would be turned slightly to accommodate...

    • Posted April 24, 2013
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  • Rat King

    Rat kings are groups of dead rats found with their tails mysteriously and elaborately knotted, stuck together with blood, dirt or excrement. The photo above is of a mummified rat king comprised of 32 rats, the largest...

    • Posted April 24, 2013
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  • The Grave with a Window: The Burial Place of Timothy Clark Smith in New Haven, Vermont

    A grave with a window in New Haven, Vermont is the final resting place of Dr. Timothy Clark Smith, who was afraid of being buried alive.

    • Posted April 24, 2013
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  • Beauchene Style Antique Bear Skull

    View on Etsy This Beauchene style exploded bear skull was handcrafted by taxidermist Rob Reysen. The vintage skull has been carefully dissected into four slices to show the intricate interior bone formations. The large canines are split...

    • Posted April 14, 2013
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  • Bubonic Plague 2012

    Oregon man Paul Gaylord contracted a rare case of the bubonic plague, as known as the “Black Death” in 2012 when he was bit by a stray cat he had named Charlie. Paul was trying to help...

    • Posted April 11, 2013
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  • Futuro House: The UFO Home of the 1960s

    Though the Futuro House production ended long ago, these flying saucer-shaped homes can still be found in some unexpected places.

    • Posted April 11, 2013
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  • Marilyn Monroe X-Rays Bring Big Money at Auction

    1954 X-rays of Marilyn Monroe's chest and pelvis sold at an auction in 2010 for $45,000.

    • Posted April 8, 2013
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  • Man and Space

    Man and Space is a 1963 United States Air Force documentary reviewing the Air Force System Command’s bioastronautics life sciences program, whose studies were intended to assure man’s safety in space exploration.

    • Posted April 3, 2013
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  • Tragedy of the SS Morro Castle

    The luxury cruise ship SS Morro Castle burning at sea in 1934 The SS Morro Castle was a luxury cruise ship launched in 1930, named for the Morro Castle fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay....

    • Posted April 3, 2013
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  • Genesis 6 Giants, Mighty Men of Old

    “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • Prehistoric Human Hand Fossil

    This fossilized human hand was found Bogota in 100-130 million-year-old rock.

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • Giant Footprint in Billion-Year-Old Granite

    In 2002, James Snyder discovered a giant, fossilized footprint embedded in billion-year-old granite in California’s Cleveland National Forest.

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • 300 Million-Year-Old Screw Found in Rock

    While investigating the remains of a meteorite outside of Moscow in 1998, Russian scientists discovered a rock with a screw firmly fixed inside. Geologist estimate the age of the rock to be 300-320 million years old. Evidence...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • Hands Resist Him: Haunted Ebay Painting

    In February of 2000 an anonymous seller listed a mysterious painting on ebay, claiming it was haunted. In the listing, the seller claimed the painting had been found abandoned behind an old brewery by an art picker,...

    • Posted March 23, 2013
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  • Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

    The Golden Guide® to Hallucinogenic Plants, published in 1976. The back cover blurb reads: What are hallucinogenic plants? How do they affect mind and body? Who uses them — and why? This unique Golden Guide surveys the...

    • Posted March 21, 2013
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  • Skeleton Rocking Chair

    Memento Mori skeleton rocking chair

    • Posted March 17, 2013
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  • Antique Steer Horn Chair

    Antique chair with steer horns for the back and legs. For sale here.

    • Posted March 17, 2013
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  • The Gods Hate Kansas

    The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard (1964, cover painting by Jack Thurston) INVASION FROM THE STARS It began with the landing of nine meteors in Kansas. Then, suddenly, it exploded into a massive catastrophe. First, the...

    • Posted March 10, 2013
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  • Curiosity Jar

    View on Etsy Victorian-style cabinet of curiosity diorama jar containing an ermine skull, mummified toad and dermestid beetles. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted February 24, 2013
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  • Anita Page with the Ziegfeld Follies

    Ziegfeld Follies girl Anita Page poses in “costume” with a huge scimitar in this risque 1920s promo photo.

    • Posted February 23, 2013
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  • Conjoined Lambs Taxidermy

    Rare taxidermy of conjoined Siamese twin lambs with one head and two bodies.

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • The Peculiar Atrocities of Edward Gorey

    The grim works of Edward Gorey have garnered a cult following, but no one knew quite what to think when his manuscripts first started landing on the desks of publishers in the 1950s. According to this article,...

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • The Hand that Never Stopped Painting

    Controversial Norwegian artist Morten Viskum uses severed hands as paintbrushes for his series called “The Hand that Never Stopped Painting.” The mediums and subject matter vary from hand to hand. Viskum used paint, animal blood and gold...

    • Posted February 18, 2013
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  • The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham

    Upon his request in a detailed letter attached to his will, the body of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham was dissected and preserved after his death in 1832 by his disciple Thomas Southwood Smith. The head and skeleton...

    • Posted February 18, 2013
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  • The Missing Head of King Henry IV

    The head of the embalmed French king Henry IV, who died in 1610, disappeared after revolutionaries ransacked and desecrated his grave in 1793. The head was finally tracked down to the attic of a French pensioner in...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Bad Taxidermy Vol. 1

    Taxidermists are responsible for preserving the animal kingdom through an expert knowledge of anatomy, chemistry and other delicate sciences, as well as the mastery of sewing, sculpture and myriad other skills necessary to bring an the empty...

    • Posted February 1, 2013
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  • Heather Holliday

    Heather Holliday puts the sexy into the sideshow, blowing fire and swallowing swords with the Pretty Things Peepshow. She has also performed with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Brothers Grimm Sideshow, and is currently the...

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Pretty Things Peepshow

    The Pretty Things Peepshow combines Vaudeville, burlesque and sideshow acts that harken back to the early days of the traveling circus when Girly shows and dark, seedy hootchy-kootchy tents lined the midway beside freakshows and human oddities....

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Chopping Down A Redwood

    Lumberjacks chopping down a giant Redwood in California c. 1900.

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Fearful Tales of the Occult

    This is the first issue of the Australian comic book magazine Fearful Tales of the Occult, printed in 1977.

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Portable Living Room

    TV Helmet (The Portable Living Room) by Walter Pichler, 1967 Small Room (Prototype 4)

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • Dynasphere

    The Dynasphere was a monowheel electric vehicle invented in 1932 by Dr. J. A. Purves from Taunton, Somerset, UK. It had 2.5 horse power and once attained a speed of 25mph.

    • Posted January 24, 2013
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  • The Gift of Psychokenisis

    Get that hairy chest and he-man appearance you have always wanted and admired with the gift of psychokenisis for only $10!

    • Posted January 24, 2013
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  • The Dark Fairy Tales of Miwa Yanagi

    Photographer Miwa Yanagi’s black and white fairy tale series is surreal and disturbing, featuring macabre twists on classic tales that will get under your skin and haunt you.

    • Posted January 23, 2013
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  • Ohio Big Foot Girl

    Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 – 1899), known as “The Ohio Big Foot Girl,” had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex,...

    • Posted January 22, 2013
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  • Eva C Excreting Ectoplasm

    Show medium Marthe Beraud (also known as Eva C. and Eva Carrière) excreting ectoplasm during a session c. 1910.

    • Posted January 20, 2013
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  • Houdini’s Box

    1924 photo of Harry Houdini and his box created to evaluate the abilities of Mediums during his crusade to disprove their powers.

    • Posted January 19, 2013
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  • Knife Thrower

    Vintage photo of a knife thrower and his lovely, trusting assistant. Related Freak Show: Most Famous Sideshow Performers Sideshow Banner Art by Fred G. Johnson Circus World Museum

    • Posted January 18, 2013
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  • Necropants: Macabre Icelandic Witchcraft Tradition

    The macabre Iceland witchcraft tradition of necropants involves wearing someone's skin to collect coins in the scrotum.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
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  • Radio Police Automaton

    Illustration of a remotely-controlled robot cop from 1924, complete with a telegraphone, dynamo, loud speaker and tear gas.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
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  • Edith Clifford, Champion Sword Swallower

    “Champion Sword Swallower of the World” Edith Clifford c. 1900.

    • Posted January 14, 2013
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  • The Devil Automaton

    An Italian automaton depicting the Devil, carved in wood around the 15th or 16th centuries, could roll its eyes and move its tongue, emit a noise and spit smoke from the mouth.

    • Posted January 12, 2013
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  • The Louvre Doll

    The ‘Louvre Doll’ is an ancient French voodoo doll found in a jar with an inscribed tablet. It depicts a nude woman in a kneeling position pierced by thirteen needles.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Human Body Slices

    Human body slices showing the differences between thin and overweight anatomy.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Ectrodactyly – The Lobster Claw Syndrome

    Ectrodactyly, or lobster claw syndrome, is the name given to the condition in which hands or feet have a claw-like deformation.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • DeLorean Limo

    This DeLorean stretch limo with three full sets of gull wing doors was created by Rich Weissensel. It began as a sketch and an order for a custom stainless steel frame after meeting John DeLorean at the...

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Anesthesia

    Tens of thousands of patients a year in the US alone wake up during surgery. Due to a paralytic agent to prevent muscle twitches and tape over the eyes, the patient is unable to move or alert...

    • Posted January 10, 2013
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  • 18th Century Asylum Restraint Chair

    Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire c1896

    • Posted January 9, 2013
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  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

    The crew of a royal dirigible accidentally stumbles upon a savage, horrifying cure for their plague-infested world in this steampunk-inspired animated short film.

    • Posted January 7, 2013
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  • 1900 Artificial Legs

    Studio photo of a young girl wearing a pair of artificial legs c1900. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham, a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset.

    • Posted January 5, 2013
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  • Boston Corbett – Mad as a Hatter

    BOOTH’S KILLER WAS MAD AS A HATTER: Boston Corbett, the Union Sergeant who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, led a colorful and increasingly bizarre life. After his wife died in 1858, he castrated himself to avoid...

    • Posted January 4, 2013
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  • Santa’s Sleigh and Flying Saucer Collide

    If Santa did not make it to your house this year, maybe this why…

    • Posted December 26, 2012
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