Sometimes you just can’t believe your eyes. We often say that nature has a way of doing things. And no matter how surreal some things look, they are very much real. The same applies to people as well.
We have a tendency of saying people are diverse, and that no two people are the same. But exactly how different are we? Due to medical conditions or body modifications, some people are just unbelievable. And when we say unbelievable, it means you cannot imagine that such people, in that particular shape or size, exist.
In the end, no matter our looks, we are all just people. But to really understand how diverse we are, let’s take a look at some of the “strangest” individuals out there.
1. World’s Tallest and Shortest Men
Sultan Kosen from Turkey is the world’s tallest man. He measured at 8’2.3”, or 251 cm. He grabbed the title in 2009, when he measured taller than the previous world holder, Xi Shun from China. Sultan became the first man over 8 feet to be measured by the Guinness Book of World Records in 20 years.
The shortest man in the world, on the other hand, is just 21.5 inches tall, or 54.6 centimeters. He is a doctor from Nepal, and when the Guinness World Records measured him, he was shorter than the length of a broadsheet of newspaper.
Jalisa Thompson looks like a cartoon character due to her bulging eyes. She was bullied for years because of her medical condition.
3. Erik the Lizardman
Erik makes his living performing as a freak before live audiences around the world. He has also made public appearances and paid television appearances. He lives in Texas with his wife and pet ferrets. He has sharpened teeth, a full-body tattoo of green scales, subdermal implants and green-inked lips. There were once rumors he wanted to get a tail transplant, but Erik stated it was impossible. He is one of the commonly featured characters in Ripley’s Believe It or Not books.
4. Platypus Woman
Some believe Grace McDaniels, known as the “Mule-Faced Woman,” suffered a rare disorder known as Sturge Weber syndrome. In any case, her face resembled a mule. Grace lived from 1888 to 1958, and during her time, her son Elmer managed her career when she joined a freak show. The reason behind her mule face was lip cancer, causing her lip to swell.
5. Most Pierced Man and Woman
The world’s most pierced man was Gerard M. Rogers for several years. He held the Guinness World Record for “most pierced person.” Ironically, he died because of his piercings. He tried to go through a metal detector at the LAX airport, and his face was completely ripped from his body when he entered the machine. Nobody knows if it was a suicide, as the security guards warned him about the machine, but he said he had gone through one before.
The most pierced woman is Elaine Davidson, who has 6,925 piercings. More than 200 of those are on her face alone. She married in 2011.
6. Tree Man
Another “freak” that passed away was the Indonesian known as the tree man. He died in February 2016, but he already has someone to continue the legacy. A young boy, named Ripon Sarker, is in the initial stage of the illness known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis.
7. Woman with Giant Legs
Mandy Sellars has a rare genetic mutation. As a result, she has extraordinary legs, which she tried to remove with surgery. Mandy was the subject of a TV documentary called “Losing One of My Giant Legs.” In June 2016, she finally started shrinking, 22 months following the surgery. For years, doctors were unable to diagnose the problem, as she had a size 10 upper body, but huge legs and feet.