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Human Marvels

Champion Chicken Picker Ernest Hausen

Ernie Hausen, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, had one great talent. He could pick the feathers off of chickens really, really fast.

When he started picking chickens, in 1904, it took him a full half hour to defeather one. Since he was paid 5 cents per chicken, he wasn't making much money. Over the years he sped up. By 1922, he won a Chicken Picking Championship by picking his chicken clean in 6 seconds. He topped this in 1939, upping his time to 3.5 seconds. As far as I know, that record stands to this day.

His technique:

Hausen dips the chickens in 164-degree water, quickly runs his large, powerful fingers across the wings, from the tips inward; does the same with the legs, finally peels the feathers from the back and breast. Suddenly the bird is as bare as a billiard ball.... He tells of picking 1,472 birds in 7 hours and 45 minutes in a contest.
-Ithaca Journal - Feb 7, 1946

More info: Hoard Museum

Wisconsin State Journal - Jan 2, 1946



Appleton Post-Crescent - Jul 28, 1936



McAllen Monitor - Oct 28, 1946



Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 27, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Farming, Human Marvels, World Records

Robert Wadlow Centennial



We are a bit late with this, but it's still well worth the viewing.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 25, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Anniversary, Body, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical, Human Marvels

Thumb Boy

A human marvel!

The internet is home to some very weird and wonderful things, but just when you think you’ve seen it all a guy unveils a five-inch thumb... The baffling appendage belongs to Tik Tok user Jacob Pina, a student from Westport, Massachusetts, who went viral after his followers noticed his thumb was wildly out of proportion with the rest of his fingers.
Pina, who has since been dubbed ‘Thumb Boy’, has now amassed almost 150k followers on the video-sharing app, with one of his videos achieving two million likes.

Source: Unilad



Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 01, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Human Marvels

Imogene Winchester in LIFE Magazine



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 19, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Body, Human Marvels, Children, 1930s

Granny Hulk

At the age of 69, Sharie Mobley recently broke the all-time world record in the deadlift for her class/division by lifting 305 pounds. This has earned her the nickname Granny Hulk.

She only started weight training when she was 60, saying that she “couldn’t sit around and do normal granny things.”

She reminds me of Betty Goedhart, the 86-year-old trapeze artist.

More details: kark.com

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 27, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Human Marvels, Sports

Professor Burt, Endurance Pianist

"Lady nurse in attendance shaves him every day."



Source.



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Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 16, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Human Marvels, Motor Vehicles, Music, 1920s

Tom & Roy



I can tell you absolutely nothing about this.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 22, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, Postal Services

Polydactyly

I always knew about people born with extra fingers, but had not contemplated extra thumbs.

Wikipedia entry.



Source (warning: pics of surgery).

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 22, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Body, Differently Abled, Handicapped, Challenged, and Otherwise Atypical, Human Marvels

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