Wildly popular during the Victorian era, sideshows were some of the only leisure entertainment activities available to the American public. For that reason, the curious masses would visit traveling circuses and exhibitions, paying for peeks at people with disabilities, disorders and general embellishments, such as tattoos. Test your knowledge of famous female freak show performers with this quiz from HowStuffWorks.com.
Which did P.T. Barnum invent first: beauty contests or freak shows?
P.T. Barnum invented neither.
P.T. Barnum's British counterpart, Tom Norman, briefly managed which famous sideshow freak?
The Two-Headed Nightingale
Which of the following sideshow sisters were not conjoined twins?
Conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton starred alongside a cast of other sideshow stars in what 1932 pre-code horror film?
"Circus of Terror"
After Daisy and Violet Hilton's entertainment career faded, the conjoined twins took a job where?
a dance school
How old was Joice Heth, billed as The World's Oldest Woman and George Washington's nurse, supposed to be?
161 years old
261 years old
361 years old
When freak shows fell out of social favor in the early 20th century, what was one of the first attractions to go?
Abraham and Mary Lincoln hosted a White House wedding reception for what sideshow star?
Chang & Eng
What was P.T. Barnum's stationary sideshow attraction?
Juliana Pastrana's congenital generalized hypertrichosis terminalis was responsible for what freak show "abnormality"?
a tiny head
Which of the following female freaks performed for Queen Victoria?
Anita, The Living Doll
Julia "Baboon Lady" Pastrana
A metabolic disorder caused Mary Ann Bevan to bill herself in sideshows as what?
World's Thinnest Woman
World's Homeliest Woman
World's Tallest Woman
A signature part of fat lady Ella Milbauer's routine was baring which part of her body?
An undeveloped twin left behind what physical feature on Myrtle Corbin's body?
an extra hand
an extra pair of legs
an extra breast
Half man/half woman Josephine Joseph was most likely which gender?
intersex (the preferred term for hermaphrodite)
Where can someone go today to see a regular freak show?
Gibsonton, Fla., is known for being the site of what?
An unofficial retirement town for circus and freak show performers.
The site of Ringling Bros. Circus' first show.
The town where P.T. Barnum died.
It took almost 130 years to bury what famous female freak's body?
Juliana Pastrana, Baboon Lady
Lavinia Warren, Queen of Beauty
Millie-Christine, The Two-Headed Nightingale
At the peak of sideshow era in the early 1900s, a popular performer could earn how much per week?