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Suitcase-Size Wife

If it was allowed to save money on airfare by carrying your contortionist wife on as luggage and putting her in the overhead compartment, I'm sure some people would try it.

Omaha Morning World Herald - June 6, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 27, 2023 - Comments ()
Category: Human Marvels, Air Travel and Airlines, 1950s

Egg Telepathy

Useless Superpower: Mrs. Gertrude Smith of York, Pennsylvania claimed that she was able to project mental images into the minds of hens, causing them to lay eggs with distinctive patterns. For instance, she thought of sunflowers and, sure enough, her hens laid eggs with a sunflower pattern.

Unfortunately it doesn't appear that any pictures were taken of the patterned eggs, even though Mrs. Smith brought some into the offices of the York Gazette and Daily, in order to prove her claim.

York Gazette and Daily - Apr 4, 1940



York Gazette and Daily - May 21, 1940



Related Post: Armpit Reading

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 16, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Human Marvels, Eggs, 1940s

The man who fell 3300 feet and only broke his nose

1972: 19-year-old Bob Hall fell 3300 feet when his parachute malfunctioned. He landed face first on a runway. Somehow, he not only survived, but he only broke his nose and busted up his teeth.

The photo below was taken after his fall.





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Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 09, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Human Marvels, 1970s

Psychic Ernesto Montgomery

Psychic Ernesto Montgomery claimed to have predicted many events (the assassination of JFK, the death of Princess Diana, various airplane crashes, etc.), but for some reason the authorities that he insisted he had contacted beforehand could later never remember having heard from him.

Predictions are standard fare for psychics. But what really set Montgomery apart was the highly unique source of his psychic powers:

"I was born with two appendages below both ears," he explained. "They are like little bones, maybe 1/16th of an inch or so but when I am about to pick up psychic vibrations about the future, they shoot out to a length of 2 or 3 inches.

"Think of your TV antenna," he said.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any photo of his "appendages".

More info: pathtotruth.com

Chicago Tribune - June 1, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 13, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Human Marvels, Predictions

Paperboy who used his head

This would be an unusual thing to see in America, but not in Africa. When I visited Malawi (quite a few years ago) I remember seeing numerous women walking around balancing all kinds of heavy objects (firewood, water containers, etc.) on their heads.

Charlotte Observer - Jan 31, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 10, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels, 1970s

Bebe Stanton, Telepathic Flapper

Source: The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) 11 Apr 1929, Thu Page 13



Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 22, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Crime, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Human Marvels, 1920s

Angelo Faticoni, the Human Cork

We've previously posted about two people who claimed to be "human corks": Norris Kellam and Iver Johnson.

Now I've found a third to add to the list: Angelo Faticoni.

The lives of Kellam and Faticoni overlapped, but I can't find any evidence that they ever met.

More info: wikipedia

Johnson City Chronicle - July 24, 1926



Hartford Courant - Aug 12, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 09, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Diving

The Frozen Woman

Dec 20, 1980: On a cold winter's evening, 19-year-old Jean Hilliard's car got stuck in a ditch, so she decided to walk for help. She was found the next morning, two miles away, frozen solid.

Later, people told her she'd made it to her friend's yard, tripped, and crawled on her hands and knees to his doorstep. They said she lay there for six straight hours, with her eyes frozen wide open. Hilliard doesn't remember any of that.

Remarkably, doctors were able to thaw her out even though she was so rock hard that needles broke on her skin. She suffered no serious injuries — just some blistered toes.

Read the full story at MPR News

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 16, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Human Marvels, 1980s, Weather

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