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« on: August 25, 2012, 09:24:22 AM »

George Williams
 
George Williams (1859 - ???), AKA "The Turtle Boy" or "King Dodo," suffered from parastremmatic dysplasia, which is a severe form of dwarfism that twists and deforms the limbs.[1] He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He wa
s called turtle boy because his feet resembled flippers of a turtle. He was severely deformed in the legs and arms.
 
George earned $75 a week, which wasn't as much as other performers despite that he was one of the most popular. When he was very famous he was just a kid. When he got old he started being called "King Dodo" and was still performing at sideshows. It is unknown when or how he died.
 
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 http://sideshows.wikia.com/wiki/George_Williams
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 09:26:16 AM »


Pasqual Pi ±on (1889-1929) from Mexico, had a strange growth on his head, which he disguised as a second head, and went on touring with Sells-Floto circus in 1917. The growth wasn't actually a head of any sort, but more like a cyst or a tumor. If it really had been a head, it would have faced upside-down. This is a real disorder, called the carniopagus parasiticus.

 He was born in Mexico in 1889 t
o a family of 7. His family was forced to move to Texas after losing his farm. He started out working as a railroad worker, until a sideshow promoter found out about him. Pasqual then begun making money out of an unusual lump on his forehead. He had a silver plate molded into the likeness of a human face surgically implanted under the skin on his tumor. This made a striking appearance of a real face. Since much about him was fake, he had many tough questions to answer. He explained, that the face was once mobile, but stopped at the age of 20 after having a stroke. He's career as a sideshow performer only lasted about 2 years, but during that time, his popularity never came down. It was only until he started having dementia after a tour in Detroit. Doctors found out, that the silver plate was compressing his brains, and it had to be removed. His manager agreed to pay for the operation, and Pasqual returned to railroad working.
 
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 09:29:03 AM »


The country's longest-serving female inmate has been freed - 49 years after she was convicted of strangling a 15-month-old baby to death.
 
Betty Smithey, 69, walked out of the gates of Perryville state prison in Goodyear, Arizona with the help of a cane on Monday afternoon, just hours after she appeared at a parole hearing.
 
She was granted clemency in June by Gov. Jan Brewer and members of Arizon
a's parole board agreed she was no longer the same woman who murdered baby Sandy Gerberick in 1963.
 
On Monday, the board members voted 4-1 to free her from prison and any community supervision
 
'It's wonderful driving down the road and not seeing any barbed wire,' Smithey told the Arizona Republic as she travelled to her niece's home, where she will live. 'I am lucky, so very lucky.'
 
As an 'old-code lifer' - given life before 1973 - Smithey needed the governor to grant her a commutation to be eligible for parole. Three such 'lifers' have been granted clemency since 1989.
 
In 1994 and 2003, boards recommended clemency for Smithey but Gov. Fife Symington and then Gov. Janet Napolitano refused to approve it.
 
On Monday, the board questioned Smithey, her lawyers and psychiatrist over whether she posed a threat to society, if she had changed, and whether she could deal with return to the outside world.
 
'I really see no value in keeping you in prison any longer. I really see no value in keeping strings on you any longer,' Parole Board Chairman Jesse Hernandez told Smithey granting her freedom.
 
Smithey crossed herself and looked down briefly, shocked that she was finally free, the Arizona Republic reported. She then shook the hands of each board member.
 
It comes nearly 50 years after she was convicted of the 1963 New Year's Day murder of Sandy Gerberick, one of four children she was caring for as a 20-year-old live-in babysitter.
 
The baby's mother, Erma, was making breakfast when her six-year-old son ran in shouting 'Mama, Sandy's dead!'
 
Sandy had been strangled and Smithey was arrested the next day, found hitchhiking on a highway.
 
She allegedly told the patrolman who found her: 'I think I hurt the baby... I may have used a stocking.'
 
She was booked into a Pima County jail where she unsuccessfully tried to kill herself.
 
At trial Smithey's lawyer tried to argue that she was mentally ill but on July 10, 1963 she was found guilty of first-degree murder. She was lead from the courtroom shouting: 'I'm not going to prison. I'll kill myself, you watch!'
 
Reflecting on her crime, she has said: 'I am very sorry for what happened. It sounds so bland and flat, everybody says they're sorry.

 'I can't bring back the life that I took. It doesn't alter the fact of what I did. The only thing I can do is try to make myself a better person.'
 
Smithey herself suffered a turbulent childhood; her father died when she was four and her poverty-stricken mother was declared incapable of caring for her seven daughters by the state.
 
The girls became wards of the state and were separated, most of them never seeing one another again. When she was eight, she was adopted by a family that physically abused her.
 
She went on to hop from foster homes and began suffering ill health and psychological trauma.

 During a previous posting as a baby-sitter Smithey ran away with her employer's 18-month-old son in New Mexico and served four years in a juvenile prison, convicted of kidnapping.
 
In her early years in prison, Smithey she was rebellious, managing to escape four times from three different prisons between 1974 and 1981.
 
Smithey said she decided to change in 1983 when she received a letter from Emma Simmons, Sandy Gerberick's mother, saying she had forgiven her for the crime.
 
'She made me feel that I wasn't a monster,' Smithey said. 'I felt if she could forgive me for taking her child's life, I could forgive myself. It was my responsibility to try to become a better person than I was.'
 
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 09:30:28 AM »


Knowledgeable Stuff
 
Human Brain Analysis - Man vs. Woman......
 
1. MULTI-TASKING
 Women - Multiple process

 Womens brains designed to concentrate multiple task at a time.
 ...
 Women can Watch a TV and Talk over phone and cook.
 Men - Single Process
 Mens brains designed to concentrate only one work at a time. Men can not watch TV and talk over the phone at the same time. they stop the TV while Talking. They can either watch TV or talk over the phone or cook.
 
2. LANGUAGE
 Women can easily learn many languages. But can not find solutions to problems. Men can not easily learn languages, they can easily solve problems. That's why in average a 3 years old girl has three times higher vocabulary than a 3 yeard old boy.
 
3. ANALYTICAL SKILLS
 Mens brains has a lot of space for handling the analytical process. They can analyze and find the solution for a process and design a map of a building easily. But If a complex map is viewed by women, they can not understand it. Women can not understand the details of a map easily, For them it is just a dump of lines on a paper.
 
4. CAR DRIVING.
 While driving a car, mans analytical spaces are used in his brain. He can drive a car fastly. If he sees an object at long distance, immediately his brain classifies the object (bus or van or car) direction and speed of the object and he drives accordingly. Where woman take a long time to recognize the object direction/ speed. Mans single process mind stops the audio in the car (if any), then concentrates only on driving.
 
5. LYING
 When men lie to women face to face, they get caught easily. Womans super natural brain observes facial expression 70%, body language 20% and words coming from the mouth 10%. Mens brain does not have this. Women easily lie to men face to face.
 So guys, do not lie face to face.
 
6. PROBLEMS SOLVING
 If a man have a lot of problems, his brain clearly classifies the problems and puts them in individual rooms in the brain and then finds the solution one by one. You can see many guys looking at the sky for a long time. If a woman has a lot of problems, her brain can not classify the problems. she wants some one to hear that. After telling everything to a person she goes happily to bed. She does not worry about the problems being solved or not.
 
7. WHAT THEY WANT
 Men want status, success, solutions, big process, etc... But Women want relationship, friends, family, etc...
 
8. UNHAPPINESS
 If women are unhappy with their relations, they can not concentrate on their work. If men are unhappy with their work, they can not concentrate on the relations.
 
9. SPEECH
 Women use indirect language in speech. But Men use direct language.
 

10. HANDLING EMOTION
 Women talk a lot without thinking. Men act a lot without thinking.
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 09:33:39 AM »


TWO-LEGGED PIG BECOMES TOURIST ATTRACTION
 
Zhu Jianqiang, which translates as "strong willed pig ¯, was born without her hind legs, but managed to survive, and is now a local celebrity.
 
As a piglet, Zhu Jianqiang had nine strong siblings, a
nd neighbors told her owner it would be best to just throw her away or put her out of her misery. But farmer Wang Xihai would hear none of it, and he even refused his wife when she told him to throw the piglet away. He believes all life should be given the chance to survive, and Zhu Jianqiang managed to beat all odds.
 
After seeing the little piglet fight for her life, Wang Xihai decided to get more involved, and began training her to walk on her front legs, just a few days after she was born. After only 30 days, she began walking on her own, and now, even though she weighs a good 50 kg, Zhu Jianqing walks upside down quite effortlessly.
 
Word about the amazing two-legged pig spread rapidly, and Wang Xihai says his home is overrun by tourists, every day. "I wont sell her no matter what the offer is ¯, he added.
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 09:35:03 AM »


Meet the Australian Whos Saved 160 People from Suicide
 
Don Ritchie lives across the street from the most famous suicide spot in Australia: A cliff known as "The Gap." Most people would move, but Ritchie's stayed for almost 50 years"saving
 an estimated 160 people from suicide.
 
So what's his big secret? Ritchie wakes up every morning and looks out the window for "anyone standing alone too close to the precipice." If he sees someone who looks like they might be contemplating a jump, he walks over and... strikes up a conversation.
 


He just gives them a warm smile, asks if they'd like to talk and invites them back to his house for tea. Sometimes, they join him.
 
"I'm offering them an alternative, really," Ritchie says. "I always act in a friendly manner. I smile."
 

Ritchie's house might be the worst real estate ever. One person a week commits suicide at the "the Gap," the cliff he lives across from. It's protected only by a small, one-meter fence, despite its legendary reputation as a suicide spot dating back to the 1800s.
 
But the former life insurance salesman says he doesn't feel "burdened" by the fact that people are always contemplating jumping to their deaths outside his house. In fact, he and his wife Moya see it as a blessing: "I think, 'Isn't it wonderful that we live here and we can help people?'"
 
Obviously, he's not always successful, and, at times, he's had to physically restrain people from jumping while Moya calls the police. But it isn't necessarily traumatic:
 
Despite all he has seen, he says he is not haunted by the ones who were lost. He cannot remember the first suicide he witnessed, and none have plagued his nightmares. He says he does his best with each person, and if he loses one, he accepts that there was nothing more he could have done.
 

Ritchie, who basically sounds like the nicest guy in the entire world, is 84, and has spent much of the last year battling cancer. But, as you might expect for a dude who's managed to live across from a Nothinged-up, tragic place, and not become a casualty himself, he's optimistic: "I imagine somebody else will come along and do what I've been doing." I hope so.
 
Ritchie resided next to The Gap, a cliff in Sydney, Australia, known for suicide attempts. In 2006, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his rescues, community through programs to prevent suicide." Ritchie and his wife Moya were also named "Citizens of the Year" for 2010 by Woollahra Council, the local government authority responsible for The Gap. He received Local Hero Award for Australia in 2011, the National Australia Day Council saying: "His kind words and invitations into his home in times of trouble have made an enormous difference ... With such simple actions, Don has saved an extraordinary number of lives."

Ritchie explained his intervention in suicide attempts saying "you can't just sit there and watch them".

He enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy in 1939 as a Seaman during World War II aboard HMAS Hobart and witnesed the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Imperial Forces in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, officially ending World War II in the Pacific. After the war he was a life insurance salesman.

Ritchie died on 13 May 2012, age 86. He was survived by his wife Moya and their three daughters
 
Source:
 http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/14/3502567.htm
 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/australia-mourns-angel-of-the-gap-don-ritchie-the-man-who-talked-160-out-of-suicide-7754339.html
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9264571/Australians-mourn-Don-Ritchie-the-Angel-of-The-Gap.html
 
http://gawker.com/5563648/meet-the-australian-whos-saved-160-people-from-suicide

 

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2012, 09:37:46 AM »


Fedor Jeftichew 1868 - January 31, 1904), better known as Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy (later Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Man), was a famous sideshow performer who was brought to the United States of America by P.T. Barnum.
 
Born in St. Petersburg, Russ
ia in 1868, Fedor Jeftichew suffered from the medical condition hypertrichosis. He toured with his father, Adrian, who developed the same ailment and had performed in French circuses. He continued to tour with his son before his death. Fedor eventually signed a contract with P.T. Barnum, who brought him to the United States in 1884, when he was sixteen.
 
Barnum created a story that involved a hunter in Kostroma who tracked Fedor and his father to their cave and captured them. Barnum described Adrian as a savage who could not be civilized. Barnum made a point of stressing Fedor's resemblance to a dog, and explained that when he was upset he would bark and growl. In the show, Fedor obliged by doing so.
 
Fedor spoke Russian, German, and English, and toured Europe and the United States extensively.
 
He died in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (now part of Greece), from pneumonia on January 31, 1904.
 
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedor_Jeftichew
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2012, 09:46:43 AM »


L'Inconnue de la SeineL'Inconnue de la Seine (French for "the unknown woman of the Seine") was an unidentified young woman whose death mask became a popular fixture on the walls of artists' homes after 1900. Her visage was the inspiration f
or numerous literary works.
 
According to an often-repeated story, the body of the young woman was pulled out of the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris around the late 1880s. The body showed no signs of violence, and suicide was suspected. A pathologist at the Paris morgue was so taken by her beauty that he had a moulder make a plaster cast death mask of her face. The identity of the girl was never discovered. The estimated the age of the model was no more than 16, given the firmness of the skin. In the following years, numerous copies were produced. The copies quickly became a fashionable morbid fixture in Parisian Bohemian society.
 
The face of the unknown woman was used for the head of the first aid mannequin Rescue Annie. It was created by Peter Safar and Asmund Laerdal in 1958 and was used starting in 1960 in numerous CPR courses. Therefore, the face has been called by some "the most kissed face" of all time.
 
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2012, 09:48:59 AM »


Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 - 1899), AKA "The Ohio Big Foot Girl," she had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex, England and had two sisters. Both other s
isters were born normally. She was married to William Brown in 1886. William was born in 1834 and died in 1904. Fannie was only 39 when she died. She had a baby in August of 1887, but it died. Fannie's feet got to be 17 inches long, until she died in 1899.
 
 
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 http://sideshows.wikia.com/wiki/Fannie_Mills

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 09:50:14 AM »


Govind Jaiswal, the son of a Rikshawala is now an IAS officer. He was ranked 48 among 474 succcessful Candidates. The father sold his land for 40,000 to send him son to Delhi for preparation while the son struggeled in his entire life, bear
ning 14 hour power cuts, bearing the deffening noice of the generators surrounding his tiny house and working for his grocery store to make money for living. Hats off to both them
 
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