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Human Marvels

The Mulabhanda Cushion

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In yogic practice, the perineum is referred to as the "mulabhanda," and has a pose devoted to it. You can see that pose halfway down the page here.

But if you're not an accomplished yogi yet, you might want one of these comfy little pillows shaped just right to help you.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 09, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Business, Products, Human Marvels, New Age, Foreign Customs

Bigfoot Lawn Statue

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Xmas is coming right up! Don't you know someone who would love their very own Bigfoot statue...?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 08, 2008 - Comments (8)
Category: Aliens, Animals, Business, Products, Cryptozoology, Fictional Monsters, Human Marvels, Statues, Monuments and Memorials, Chindogu

Sabrage

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I've just learned about the art of opening a bottle of champagne with a sword. The practice is called sabrage.

You can watch a video here that teaches you how to do it yourself!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 06, 2008 - Comments (15)
Category: Human Marvels, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Weapons

Contortionists

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I started thinking about contortionists again when I happened upon a feature on them in an old issue of Life. In my novel Spondulix I had a character who was an "enter-ologist," a great term I found in Ricky Jay's wonderful history of sideshows and freaks, Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women. Enter-ologists get into impossible places, rather than escape from impossible places.

In any case, a short search of the web turned up lots of online contortionist info, including the Contortion Home Page, which is where I found this pic of April Tatro. That's her in the video below as well.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 12, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Body Modifications, Entertainment, Human Marvels, Literature, Books, Science Fiction, Performance Art

Buddhist relic

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After this, a little sliver of the True Cross looks kinda paltry....

Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 26, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Body Modifications, Death, Fads, History, Historical Figure, Human Marvels, Religion, War, Foreign Customs, 1960s

A Bicycle Built For Two



This is a classic (and quite famous) weird photo.

Charles Tripp, the "Armless Wonder," performed with Barnum's circus. He could do just about anything with his feet, including shaving and carving wood. Eli Bowen was known as the "Legless Acrobat." He also toured with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. It was when the two of them paired up together that they achieved the peak of their popularity. This photo apparently happened spontaneously. From thehumanmarvels.com:
While the pair posed for promotional photographs one of them spotted a tandem bicycle. In no time at all the two gents not only mounted the bicycle-built-for-two, but rode off together laughing as boys would. The photographer quickly snapped the pair mid-ride and the resulting surreal photograph still draws perplexed smiles.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 21, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Human Marvels, Photography and Photographers, Theater and Stage

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