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The Greatest Show on Earth

707.4k views14 Astonishing Human Marvels Throughout HistoryHuman marvels have always had a special place in our collective imagination. From an era of far less sensitivity and politically c...
People Trivia
288.8k viewsWhen He Got Shot In The Face, His Skull Stopped The Bullet And He Became A LegendYou may not recognize the name Joseph Greenstein, but perhaps you've heard of the "Mighty Atom." He was one of the world's stronge...
266.6k views11 Horrifying & Extremely Dangerous Circus Attractions From HistoryThere is a reason that circuses and sideshows make their appearance every Halloween, and star in everything from horror movies to ...
Interesting
488.8k viewsBorn Into Slavery, Died As Royal Entertainers: The Journey Of The McKoy Conjoined TwinsMillie and Christine McKoy were conjoined twins who toured the world as "The Carolina Twins" and the "Two-Headed Nightingale" duri...
Culture
1.1m viewsHere's Everything The Greatest Showman Got Completely Wrong About The Real Barnum & Bailey CircusIs The Greatest Showman a true story? The movie musical is many things - but historically accurate isn’t exactly one of them. It’s...
Explainer
519.3k viewsHeartbreaking Facts About Joseph Merrick, The Elephant ManJoseph Merrick was born on August 5, 1862 in Leicester, England. When he was about five years old, he began developing signs of an...
19th Century
224.9k viewsFacts And Stories About Frank Lentini, The 'Three-Legged Man'Francesco "Frank" Lentini was a Sicilian-American entertainer born in 1889 in Siracusa, Sicily. Due to a congenital defect, Lentin...
Pop Culture
144.6k views22 Insanely Creepy Vintage Circus PhotosCircuses have always been places that effortlessly blend surreal wonder with the pure nightmare-scapes lurking in the back of ever...
Whoa Facts
239.6k views14 Incredible Facts About American Showman P.T. BarnumWho was P.T. Barnum? Phineas Taylor Barnum was the brilliant and bizarre mind behind a number of famous hoaxes and the Barnum & Ba...
Animals
65.3k viewsThe Bittersweet Story Of Jumbo, The Most Famous Elephant On EarthMeet Jumbo - the 13,000 pound African elephant who inspired musicians, circus goers, illustrators, and the world. Jumbo is conside...
272.9k viewsAll About Schlitzie, The "Pinhead" You've Definitely Seen BeforeSchlitzie was one of America's greatest circus and sideshow performers. He worked in various circuses for decades during the twent...
History
1.7k voters30 Hilarious Photographs of Old Timey StrongmenIn a modern strongman competition, contestants demonstrate their strength by pulling trucks, lifting insanely heavy objects, and f...
Explainer
181.3k viewsThe Tragic Execution Of Topsy The ElephantTopsy the elephant was a member of the performing elephant herd of the Forepaugh Circus for the majority of her life. The victim o...
Explainer
194.8k viewsThe Heartwarming Story Of The Romance Between 'The Monkey Woman' And 'The Alligator Man'Emmitt and Percilla Bejano were legends in the carnival world, particularly in the "freak show" industry where they performed as t...
Fantasy
77.7k viewsGeneral Tom Thumb Was The Most Famous Circus 'Freak' of All TimeGeneral Tom Thumb, born Charles Sherwood Stratton, was a dwarf born in the mid-19th century who became a famous circus performer u...