5. Liu Ch’ung
Liu Ch’ung, Governor of Shansi, China, and Minister of State in 995 A.D. was reported to have a condition known as Pupula Duplex, a rare eye condition in which the sufferer has 2 pupils and 2 irises. However, there is so little documentation on the disease and so few reported cases that some have speculated that it may not actually exist at all.
There is a wax replica of Liu in the Ripley’s museum in London that shows him with 2 pupils and 2 irises in each eye along with a claim that Robert Ripley, the founder of the museum once met a man named Henry Lawn from Mills, Kentucky who also had the rare eye condition.
4. Jaspreet Singh Kalra
Jaspreet Singh Kalra from Ludhiana, Punjab, India is one of the world’s most flexible people. He can rotate his torso an incredible 180 degrees so that his upper and lower body are facing in the complete opposite direction. He can also rotate his head 180 degrees which gives him the strange and unsettling ability to look directly behind himself.
Kalra began practicing yoga at the age of 12 and was inspired to develop his flexibility after watching the American contortionist Daniel Browning Smith’s videos on YouTube.
3. Family With Ectrodactyly
This photo of an unnamed Spanish mother and her children is believed to have been taken in the late 19th or early 20th century. The mother and all 4 children had a disease known as ectrodactyly. A genetic defect causes an absence of fingers, usually between the thumb and small finger which gives the sufferers hands a claw-like appearance. Those with the condition often have feet of similar appearance.
Ectrodactyly can be caused by several different gene defects and it may be passed on from parents to their children. Sufferers generally have good use of their remaining fingers and thumb and this may be able to be improved further through surgery. This unusual disease has also been observed in the animal world. Cats dogs, frogs and even salamanders have all been documented with the condition.
2. Boy With Congenital Genu Recurvatum
This unidentified boy from the Philippines suffers from a rare orthopedic ailment known as congenital genu recurvatum. Many sufferers of this condition find it easier to walk around on all fours rather than upright as their knees actually bend backwards.
The condition is rare, however cases have been reported as far back as the early 19th century. The girl in this photo is Ella Harper. Known as ‘The Camel Girl’, Harper was the star of W. H. Harris’s Nickel Plate Circus. Her job earnt her $200 a week – a very good wage for the time.
Harper reportedly married a man named Robert L. Savely in 1905 and the two had a daughter named Mabel.
1. Paul Karason
Paul Karason, who passed away in 2013 suffered from a rare disease that gave him blue skin. Affectionately known as Papa Smurf, Karason had Methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin, a form of haemoglobin is produced. Because methemoglobin cannot effectively release oxygen, the sufferer appears to have blue skin. This is due to the excess amounts of deoxygenated blood circulating throughout the body.
Karason is suspected to have developed the unusual disease after a bout of silver poisoning he suffered from taking excessive amounts of dietary supplements.
Perhaps the most famous people that have been documented to have had this disease were the Blue Fugates of Kentucky.
Martin Fugate, a French orphan first settled in a remote area of Appalachia around 1820. His wife, Elizabeth Smith was a carrier of the gene as were members of a nearby family. After intermarriage between the families, many of them developed blue skin.
The last known descendant of the Fugates known to have had blue skin was Benjamin Stacey who was born in 1975. However, he gradually lost the unusual colour as he grew older.
Well that was 10 amazing people you won’t believe actually exist. Can you think of any other humans with unusual abilities or appearances? Let us know!