6 Strange Men, You Won’t Believe Actually Exist
JUSTIN JEDLICA: THE HUMAN KEN DOLL
JUSTIN JEDLICA, also known as “The Human Ken Doll,” has a reputation for pushing the limits of plastic surgery. Over a 16- years span, the 34-year-old New York native has undergone nearly 200 cosmetic procedures and 23 surgeries costing more than $220,000.
Justin Jedlica says he got his first of five nose jobs shortly after his 18th birthday, costing him nearly all of his savings at $3,500. Afterwards, he experienced a sense f empowerment. Since then, Jedlica has gotten bicep implants, triceps implants, pectoral implants, shoulder implants, a cranial brow bone shave, augmentations to his cheeks, lips, chin and buttocks and more.
Most recently, he had a high-risk surgery performed to remove three veins on his forehead that were becoming increasingly prominent. He also goes under the knife yet again to get a set of angel’s wings using bespoke implants. He is still planning on having more procedures. Justin said, “I still have a long way to go before I can say I’m 100% plastic.” “I want to be 100% plastic.”
ROBERT PERSHING WADLOW
Robert Pershing Wadlow, often known as the Giant of Illinois, was the tallest man who ever lived. He was 8 feet and 11 inches tall when he died of an infected blister at the young age of 22. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.
Born to Addie Johnson and Harold Wadlow in Alto, Illinois on 22nd of February, 1918, he was the oldest of five children. Few months after his birth, he has diagnosed gigantism, a rare genetic disorder that causes over-production of growth hormone.
During his childhood, he was growing rapidly, reaching a height of more than 3 feet 6 inches (106 cm) at the age of six and reaching 200cm at the age of eleven. Eighteen days before his death, he was measured at 8 feet 11.1 inches (2.72m), more than any other human in history. His shoe size was 37AA, largest in the world, and at the age of 21, one year before his death, his weight was recorded as being 492 pounds.
CARLOS “HALF” RODRIGUEZ
Carlos “Halfy” Rodriguez, who also goes by the name Sosa, lost a large portion of his brain and skull in a crash after flying through his car’s windscreen and landing head-first on the road. He was left with half a head, blaming his unusual appearance on a drink and drugs binge.
Doctors were forced to cut away large amounts of flesh and bone to help him survive, and he has since been able to continue his life in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Rodriguez shot to fame after he was arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution. Miami police had problems with their paperwork and his forms contained no name and simply the description ‘half a head’.
His mugshots, showing his missing forehead and battered skull, spread across the world online and were first believed of being a hoax.
Paul Karason was also known as The “blue man” or “Papa Smurf” was born a fair-skinned, freckled boy with reddish blond hair. But later, he developed skin with a bluish tinge.
Karason’s skin turned blue 17 years ago after he used colloidal silver to treat a skin condition. The FDA banned silver in over-the-counter meds as it causes argyria, which causes the silver to react with sunlight turning skin into dark blue.
Paul Karason, the so-called ‘colloidal silver blue man,” passed away on September 2013 at age 62, after suffering a heart attack followed by a stroke, unrelated to his condition.
Edward Mordrake was a 19th-century English nobleman who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry.
Edward Mordrake begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it.
Mordrake’s evil second face drove him to insanity; he committed suicide at the age of 23 by poisoning himself because he could no longer stand having to live with the face on the back of his head.
It’s believed that he had a condition called “diprosopus,” a disorder that causes parts of the face to be duplicated on the head. It’s rare, but people and animals still get this today.
MARTIN JOE LAURELLO
Martin Joe Laurello AKA “The Man with the Revolving Head,” or “The Human Owl,” was born in May 1885 in Nuremberg, Germany. He was born with a twisted spine that allowed his head to turn a complete 180 degree. When he had his head turned, his spine was in the shape of a question mark. He moved to America from Germany in 1921 and began performing with sideshows such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Ringling Brothers, and Barnum and Bailey. Aside from turning his head around, Martin Laurello trained dogs to do acrobatics and was a ventriloquist.
When Laurello would turn his head around, he could not breathe, however he was able to drink. His last recorded appearance was on the show “You Asked For It” on March 24, 1952. He died of a heart attack and was cremated in 1955, at age 70.