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Human Marvels

The Carsony Brothers



An unjustly forgotten trio of acrobats.



Full film below.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 21, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Human Marvels, Twentieth Century

Armless Driver Fights Loss of License

Ray Myers was known as the 'armless musician.' He was born in 1911 without arms, but he taught himself to play the guitar with his feet, and he became quite accomplished. Good enough that he was considered to be talented in his own right, not just as a curiosity.



Myers also taught himself how to drive a car using only his feet. Not a specially outfitted car. Just a normal one. (Though I'm assuming it was an automatic.) But in 1965, after driving without incident for 29 years, he lost his license. The reason: the state's new computer flagged his license to be revoked when it came across the notation in his file that he had been "born without arms."

Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Jan 18, 1965



Myers appealed the decision, and (probably thanks to all the media attention the case got) was allowed to take a special exam. Two weeks later he was driving again.

Sayre Evening Times - Jan 28, 1965



Myers died in 1987 at the age of 75. More info about him at missioncreep.com and Arcane Radio Trivia.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 07, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Human Marvels, 1960s, Cars

The Tomorrow People



Combine The Mod Squad with The X-Men and you have The Tomorrow People.

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 06, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Television, Comics, Science Fiction, 1970s, Europe, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical

Big-Mouthed Boy

Young Leonard Hanstein, aka Big-Mouthed Boy, had a talent for stuffing things in his mouth.

Pittsburgh Press - Apr 30, 1939



Detroit Free Press - July 9, 1939



Sheboygan Press - Apr 13, 1939





Drew Friedman included a caricature of Hanstein in his book Sideshow Freaks (2011), and claimed that Hanstein made a living for a while by displaying his talent.





I came across a columnist (below) musing in 1969 about what might have happened to Hanstein, but the question went unanswered. The only other biographical info I can find about Hanstein is that he died in 1994 at the age of 70, still living in Oklahoma.

Fairbanks Daily News - Feb 22, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 03, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels, 1930s

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

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