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Human Marvels

Beulah Miller, the Girl with X-Ray Vision



Very proud to have a resident of my native Rhode Island exhibit this uncanny power.

Although not everyone was so positive, as the NYT coverage from April 23, 193, shows.

Original article here.

Further coverage here.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 03, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels, Children, 1910s

Joan Ridgway, Yodeling Cowgirl





Plenty more of her on YouTube. But hardly any biographical info. What little there is seems to indicate that despite all cultural signifiers, she was Australian, not American.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 21, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, 1950s, Australia, North America

World’s Oldest Active Salesman:  1939



Jump to 3:12 for this feature. I hope I move as good at that age as Charles Thurston did.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 30, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Human Marvels, 1930s, Cars

The Frozen Woman

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Original article here.

Alas, two years after the coverage above, she was gone.

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 17, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Medicine, Nature, 1950s, Alcohol

Richie Jackson Skateboarding



Four million views, but perhaps new to YOU!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 29, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Eccentrics, Human Marvels, Sports

Lord Littlebrook, RIP





Obituary here.


Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 14, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Entertainment, Human Marvels, Wrestling, 1980s, 1990s

Bouncing Billy Barker, Canal Jumper

Back in November 2008 I posted a video of Tony McCabe, a man who claimed he could jump on hen's eggs and human noses without breaking them, and who demonstrated his ability in 1974 on the UK's Nationwide TV program.



At the time, I thought McCabe was just some random, weird guy. But I recently learned that there's actually some broader historical context to his odd performance.

He was apparently one of the last of a type of British showman who would entertain crowds by performing jumping feats. They would jump into a crate of eggs and out again, without breaking any. Or jump on and off a man's nose without hurting him. Or jump on and off a candle, putting it out without breaking it. Or jump the length of a snooker table backwards from a standing start.

But the greatest feat these showmen aspired to perform was to jump across a canal, appearing to bounce off the water in the middle.

One of the most famous of these jumpers was Bouncing Billy Barker of Gorton in Manchester. He supposedly bounced across the Openshaw Canal, and then, as an encore, bounced back from the opposite site — backwards.

Tony McCabe was the protégé of Bouncing Billy Barker. But I'm guessing, based on the quality of McCabe's performance in the video, that he must not have attained the full level of skill of his master.

Read more about Bouncing Billy Barker at The Mudcat Cafe, ladagirl.com, and the Real Deal blog.

Manchester Evening News - circa 1992 (via ladagirl.com)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 02, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Human Marvels

Mike Greenstein, RIP



Obit here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 25, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Elderly and Seniors, Human Marvels, Obituaries

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