The Embarrassing Final Moments Of 5 Historical Figures

We often think of significant public figures as immortal. If forced to cope with the fact that they are indeed mere mortals like everyone else — and will thus die, just like us — we tend to imagine their final moment being as consequential as the entirety of their existence. But, as these final embarrassing moments show, it doesn’t always work out that way.

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The Sad Stories Of The Ringling Brothers’ “Freak Show” Acts

From “The Four-Legged Girl” to “The Dog-Faced Boy,” here are some of the strangest behind-the-scenes “freak show” tales.

Freak Show 1924

Ringling Bros. “Congress of Freaks” circa 1924. Wikimedia Commons

On May 19, 1884, the Ringling Bros.’ Circus officially opened for business, capitalizing on the extreme and bizarre to earn profit. It worked: For many years, the most popular component of the circus was the “Freak Show.”

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