They were peculiar, and sometimes horrifying, but what was really wrong with them? Test your knowledge of some famous circus "freaks" in this seven-question quiz.
"Bearded Ladies" were a common attraction in the fairground freak shows, as were other hairy acts such as Jo-Jo the Dog-faced Boy. What was the medical condition most likely responsible for this affliction?
- Sanfilippo syndrome
Joseph Merrick believed that his appearance might have been shaped to some extent when his mother was pushed under an elephant during a circus parade while she was pregnant with him. What is another example of an unusual animal-like condition supposedly caused by traumatic circumstances?
- Wallace, the Human Warthog
- Randy, the Amazing Rhino Boy
- Leonine, the Lion-faced Girl
Billed as the "World's Strangest Married Couple" were Emmett, the Alligator-skinned Man, and Percilla, the Monkey Girl. What medical condition did the alligator-skinned man most likely have?
Were some circus "freaks" intentionally created -- or even sold by their parents -- to enter shows so they could earn a living?
A "Pin Head" was sometimes advertised in circuses as "Darwin's Missing Link" or an "Ancient Aztec Child." What was the medical condition responsible for this abnormality?
The freak show performer known as the "Frog Man" had what medical condition?
- Fanconi's syndrome
- Aicardi syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Were so-called circus freaks usually childless, because of their deformities?