1906: Robert Naysmith, the "human ostrich," died from eating too many hatpins and brass nails.
Back in the day, I think there were a number of people who earned a livelihood by exhibiting themselves as human ostriches. Tough way to make a living.
(left) Topeka Daily Capital - July 17, 1906; (right) The Sketch - July 4, 1906
Saint Paul Globe - Sep 24, 1898