We tend to come across some pretty bizarre people who tend to have more bizarre histories. While some of these individuals make use of this strangeness to their advantage and become internet celebrities, others choose to remain silent and go on with their daily lives as if there was nothing strange about them. Here are four such strange individuals whose bizarre histories may surprise or disturb you to no end.
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A former park ranger in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Roy Sullivan led a normal life till he committed suicide in 1983. But the bizarre thing about his life is that he was struck by lightning on more than one occasion and holds the record for being struck by lightning the most number of times. These strikes occurred over a span of 35 years from 1942 to 1977.
Considering the fact that lightning never strikes the same place twice and the odds of actually being struck by lightning are 4.15 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000; we wonder what was so fascinating about Sullivan that he managed to attract lightning wherever he went.
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You are either a dwarf or a giant. But Adam Rainer holds the record for being both during the course of his life. Adam was born a dwarf and remained so for 19 years, measuring only about 4 feet and 8.3 inches at the age of 19. Then, a pituitary tumor in his body caused him to experience dramatic growth. He reached 6 feet 9.1 inches and continued to grow in spite of undergoing an operation to halt the growth. Adam’s height was measured at 7 feet 8 inches when he died in 1950.
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Julia Pastrana was a woman who was diagnosed with hypertrichosisterminalis, a genetic disorder that caused her entire face and body to be covered in thick, straight black hair. The disorder also caused her nose and ears to grow larger than usual. Another disorder called gingival hyperplasia caused her teeth to grow irregular as well.
A freak show host by the name of Theodore Lent convinced Julia to marry him and showcased her on his freak shows. In spite of having a sweet voice and the ability to speak three languages, Julia’s hideous appearance earned her the title of ‘The Ugliest Woman in the World’. She died at the age of 25 due to pregnancy complications.
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In 1994, Gloria was brought into the emergency room of the Riverside General Hospital in the last stages of tachycardia and cancer. The nurse who drew blood from her arm noticed an ammonia-like smell emanating from the tube.
The stench was so putrid that the nurse fainted, and so did the second nurse and a respiratory therapist who tried to draw Gloria’s blood after that. This created quite a stir in the hospital wherein everyone in the emergency room was evacuated to the parking lot. Gloria died soon after, with the hospital pronouncing her death as a result of kidney failure caused by cancer.
There are some pretty strange people out there in this world with some rather bizarre history behind them. These individuals will surely surprise you with the stories of their strange lives.