Death of the Human Ostrich

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

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 27, 2015
Category: Jobs and Occupations, 1900s

Just some food for thought:
It should have been clear as glass that pretty soon he'd get his life's ears pinned back and his coffin nailed shut.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/27/15 at 09:58 AM
He should have stuck to an organic diet: Mark Twain once said, "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
Posted by Phideaux in his own little world on 11/27/15 at 10:20 AM
Must be rough on haemorrhoids!
Posted by BMN on 11/27/15 at 01:00 PM
Pica is a bad disease. They like to say fat people are eating themselves to death but these people really are.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/27/15 at 02:39 PM
Nowadays if you want to make money swallowing things it involves either rubber balloons or something a rubber goes on.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/29/15 at 12:30 AM
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