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Ten Famous Human Oddities

There was a time when traveling circuses and freak shows were the preeminent form of entertainment of the day. Some people made a great living as human oddities, showing off their natural (and unnatural) bodies. Here are ten of the most famous.

Los Cuernos (The Horns) in Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, by photographer Greg Boratyn.

Fun AND appropriate! (Sorry, I do strive to make this blog a politics-free zone, but you’ll have to make an exception for me just for today.)

I’m sure there will be protests, but I pray that this day will see a peaceful transition of power and that democracy shall prevail again in the United States.


Twins can be a lot more complicated than just identical or fraternal, and the rarer types of twins suggest that we have a lot more to learn about human development.

SQUEE ALERT! A leopard cub biting on a leaf, captured by photographer Stampdelights.

As weird as it sounds, there are dozens of stories of animals, especially toads, found encased in solid rock. Nature has developed some amazing survival strategies and there are creatures that can survive being frozen or entombed for long periods. In this video, we explore the story of Old Rip, the horned frog that survived being locked in a time capsule for 30 years, and examine tardigrades, which might be living on the moon right now.

Los Glaciares National Park in El Chalten, Argentina, by photographer Paul Weeks.

There are some foods that are so popular that they are at risk of going extinct. What are they and why is it so difficult to harvest them?

Lenticular clouds over Mount Fuji from scenic the Inokashira Forest Road by photographer Takashi.

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