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P. T. Barnum’s 10 Most Famous Human “Freak” Show Attractions

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During the 1800s, Phineas Taylor Barnum – better known as “P.T. Barnum” – became famous as “The Great American Showman.” Barnum specialized in displaying odd and intriguing attractions to audiences who were eager to pay to see something out of the ordinary. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: 10 Brides and Grooms Who Died On Their Wedding Day https://youtu.be/8DgprPPh-rU?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnLt3JIYHY_PUk7TrxFJZFGK Top 10 Horrifying Cities You REALLY Don't Want to Live In https://youtu.be/G-J1f-ij_fk?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIYyd7gYfzJto1ix7J_3r-6 Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/p-t-barnums-10-famous-human-freak-show-attractions.php Coming up: 10. Joice Heth 9. General Tom Thumb 8. The Warren Sisters 7. Myrtle Corbin, The Four-Legged Girl 6. Zip, The Pinhead 5. Prince Randian, The Living Torso 4. The Wild Men of Borneo 3. Josephine Clofullia, The Bearded Lady 2. Chang Yu Sing, The Chinese Giant 1. Isaac W. Sprague, “The Human Skeleton” Source/Further reading: https://daily.jstor.org/joice-heth-how-an-elderly-slave-launched-p-t-barnum-career/ https://youtu.be/CShh8uAXZg0 http://www.barnum-museum.org/manmythlegend.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavinia_Warren https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrtle_Corbin https://youtu.be/stXcSdV7IeU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_the_Pinhead https://youtu.be/vufdRHu5Mig https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetra-amelia_syndrome https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Men_of_Borneo https://youtu.be/TKmkWbbzxJU https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hypertrichosis http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1351212 https://youtu.be/blLp1iP1aPo https://www.mndassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/02D-Progressive-muscular-atrophy.pdf https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PT_Barnum_1851-crop.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barnum_Courier,_1883.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joice_heth_poster.jpeg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_S._Stratton,_a_dwarf_known_as_General_Tom_Thumb,_age_Wellcome_V0007333.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Sherwood_Stratton.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PT_Barnum_and_General_Tom_Thumb_by_Root,_c1850.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tom_Thumb_ca_1863.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2722108075 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lavinia_Warren_-_Brady-Handy.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myrtle_Corbin.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myrtle_Corbin_by_JR_Applegate_c1880.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Microcephaly-comparison-500px.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zip_the_pinhead.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poster_-_Freaks_02.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Randian.1906.jpg
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Silkendrum (10 months ago)
It's easy to dislike P. T. Barnum for exploiting both his "exhibits" and his customers, but on the other hand, he paid his employees extremely well under their contracts, much better than he had to, and he let them keep what they earned, no charges for room and board and costumes. Very unusual in that era.
Catherine Sebring (1 day ago)
Tell that to the elephants
Brian Kelly (3 days ago)
+Grateful Dead just like today
David Faker (21 days ago)
They call it exploitation but to me, barnum gave those people with disability a chance.
Kiwi Plays (2 months ago)
+bigstink9 That really depends on the mentally handicap. The handicap can mean that specific thought processes can limit normal brain functions But that does not automatically mean you can't think for yourself which is a common misconception about mentally challenged people. Sure, there are mentally challenged people who cannot think for themselves but looking at the many forms of disabilities, its hard to put a single "mentally handicapped" label on all cases
starlighteuu (2 months ago)
normal people became jealous of these "freaks" because of how well they lived. He paid them well and treated them well, honestly i think he wasn't bad but obviously ignorant.
Cupcakes 3307 (8 hours ago)
You look like V Sauce lol
Cool Nerd (16 hours ago)
Some people may say that calling these people freaks is wrong. In reality the term freak had a very different meaning than it has now. It was a lot less negative back then.
DeLana Rapraeger (18 hours ago)
Are we just gonna ignore that the guy in the thumbnail looks like Shawn Mendes?
Raven Stark (20 hours ago)
You look like v sauce except your British
BackToHeelflip (20 hours ago)
Hoooly, that made me fart.
ZombieQueen 6161 (1 day ago)
Anyone ever tell you that you look like Vsauce? 😆 (so much so that I'll clicked on this video thinking it was him 😆😆)
Ashley Swinford (1 day ago)
A very interesting video!
Sweet-T-777 (1 day ago)
Joyce Heth a Black slave woman DIED within just a few years after being placed on display up and down the East Coast by exploitive fortune seeking P.T. Barnum. Such a shame, she probably could have lived to be 102 if she was left alone to live out her days with her family. (What did these slave owners do with elderly slaves who could not physically work any more anyway? Food for thought!)
lillianallama *wink* (4 days ago)
*hey vsauce*
Retro Ladyland (5 days ago)
Actually Zip ‘the pinhead’ was perfectly ‘normal’, he did have slight learning difficulties and a smaller head than the average size, but he didn’t actually share the same condition as other famous ‘pinheads’. In fact, on his death bed he allegedly said to his sister ‘We sure fooled them, didn’t we’.
Lexi Brooks (6 days ago)
He looks just like vsauce
opnwndo (7 days ago)
My cat is named Myrtle...
opnwndo (7 days ago)
Today all we have to do is watch normal television, contests or pagents.
Teach the mini man dress up , Napoleon of old Napoleonic wars
asiansrus2 (8 days ago)
Aren’t you “Exploiting abnormalities in human beings” by making this video Mr Simon W. Barnum?
Matthew Baranyai (8 days ago)
This is the british clone of Vsauce
Default Mate (10 days ago)
You sure that's a man? It's lookin more like a Slim Jim.
crypto66 (11 days ago)
I can't help but imagine Corbin popping out kids like a battleship turret, alternating between barrels... I'm a terrible person.
badjemima (11 days ago)
Some of these people lived in the 20th century - how then are they Barnum's freaks? He died in th 1890s.
Anton Klaassen (11 days ago)
Hey guys it’s simon, vsauce here
Barbyl W (12 days ago)
Did I miss Chang and Eng?
Mathew Williams (12 days ago)
'I Think I would BE eligible TO be IN a FREAK show.'
CVD in Japan (12 days ago)
The host of this video looks like James Corbett from "The Corbett Report."
aud (12 days ago)
why does it feel like nobody is born with these conditions nowadays?
Persona Slates (13 days ago)
It's nice to see Michael has another channel.
Jennifer Coleman (13 days ago)
If you saw unlike other freak shows these people were for the most part aloud to live normal lives and many would be in asylums or dead if it hadn't hired them. He let them be human beings. They married had families. Made a ton of money.
Coconut Klaire (13 days ago)
It's just awful how people with disabilities were treated....
Big Frozone (14 days ago)
I’m related to PT Barnum oof
Alyias Blogs (14 days ago)
I came here from a Eugenia Cooney video..
Ash Ketchup (14 days ago)
Is that vsauce ooommmggg
amal lukose (15 days ago)
He saved all of them from miserable life and gave a wonderful rich life. And they were with other people with challenging condition.
Rylee E (15 days ago)
P.T. Barnum is actually my (very) great Uncle lol
Lèxi Lòu (15 days ago)
Is this what the greatest showman is based off?!
Joshua Ben Israel (15 days ago)
why does your right side of your lip lower when you speak?
Carol Coates (16 days ago)
I was too distracted to watch the video..............can I recommend a decent anti-perspirant?!
Asger Danielsen (16 days ago)
Beatle juice would have fit in very well
GlitterVomit (17 days ago)
i thought this was vsauce, catfished again
Melissa Parra (17 days ago)
Bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro yeah you wearing a dress or a bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro bro
Amanda Mckernan (17 days ago)
I thought I misclicked onto a vsauce video
HighbornAlpha Gaming (18 days ago)
yo P.T. Barnum Lookin like Rowan Atkinson
Michigan: :Garnet (18 days ago)
Does anyone know if there are any more tent/moving circuses?
Michigan: :Garnet (18 days ago)
Technically the man who married the four legged girl had kids with two different women.
Elliott Delisle Pye (18 days ago)
its Michael from Vsauce
Pencil Sharpener (18 days ago)
Hummm is this what Eugenia Cooney has?
Eleni 1979 (19 days ago)
considering the fact that these people were able to make a living being in PT Barnum's show and they wouldn't have been able to other ways, he was not exploiting them. A lot of them were very angry when people jumped to that conclusion about him.
Hazey (19 days ago)
Barnum really did help spread those stereotypes huh
Yui Hirasawa (19 days ago)
So The Greatest Showman was actually real?
Gaming Wolf (19 days ago)
Zip the pinhead aka pinhead Larry
Ranch It Up (19 days ago)
And now we can go to Walmart for a free freak show....
Madeleine Jean (19 days ago)
Only reason I clicked on this was because of the greatest showman.
DAVID BAKER (19 days ago)
And you are doing EXACTLY the same thing, exploiting people for some personal gain, dont deny it, you are here doing it. This clip is monetized, and you dont even own the footage, so you are stealing and exploiting. It's ironic that you point the finger at PT barnham.
Elcora61 (19 days ago)
Greatest showman ??????
Jeremy Gayotin (20 days ago)
I clicked thinking it was Michael from Vsauce. Still finished watching though.
David Faker (21 days ago)
Chinese giant? Wow Yao ming made it in the list
lallian puia (21 days ago)
Damn longneck
RyanGMZ (21 days ago)
Heyy my surname is Warren
x.Rosaliee X (21 days ago)
I watched the greatest showman before this but the story is based on a real one?!
Darkwolfpocco (22 days ago)
Wish we still had these, but like called Human Oddities. "*Be kind to the performers and exhibits. They are just normal people with a little extra special mixed in*" Though you would have to have security to throw out assholes and you would have to get rid of the stigma behind the word special.
CircleInfinite (22 days ago)
"she experienced giving birth out of both sets of legs" a term i will only hear once in my lifetime!
Gameplay 4 all (23 days ago)
This guy looks like Vsauce LMAO
Absent smalls (23 days ago)
Off brand Vsauce
Nicolle Czupor (23 days ago)
Nicolle Czupor (23 days ago)
He did not exploit them he was a savoir for people with disabilities he paid them well and treated them as family not attractions he was one of the few that did.
That_1_cat ! (24 days ago)
Banditø _Døritø45 (24 days ago)
i thought that was vsauce lol
Michael Robertson (24 days ago)
surprised the elephant man isn't in this
Maggie T (24 days ago)
OMG commercial between each person. left after 3 NO THANKS
Penelope Madrid (25 days ago)
you're F****** kidding me. you said his much abused 'freaks' were blessed? they were beaten and whipped and caged. yeah... pretty sure you don't understand the word blessed
Ash P (25 days ago)
if I think about it u look like Michael from Vsauce
Thandi Cactus (25 days ago)
thought the dude was Michael from V sauce
Craig YT (25 days ago)
Where is the elepaht man?
Craig YT (25 days ago)
My dad was a fan of him
chau octavio (25 days ago)
vsause ????
Ted Spacey (26 days ago)
You sound like a fifth gear presenter
Lucago06 (26 days ago)
ProUnder 9 (26 days ago)
In the intro I thought he was literally gonna say "Hey guys,Vsauce here"
epic cate (26 days ago)
Joice Heth reminds me of Moleman
T Gae (26 days ago)
Lucy Graham (27 days ago)
He also killed like 5 whales
Coochie Monster 24 (27 days ago)
Why does Barnum look like Casey neistat
Whoosher _94 (27 days ago)
This is my first time watching a video and you look like Vsauce
Tyler Dean (27 days ago)
This is wat the greatest showman was based off then...
Simba Cat (28 days ago)
ThIs Is ThE gReAtIsT sHoW
Sara Lynch (28 days ago)
They just have had to have done a lot of research to make ‘The Greatest Showman’ then if all the characters were based on real people
WhatTheFridge 1o1 (28 days ago)
Is that where the *greatest* showman came from?
Krill Eat Whales (28 days ago)
forgot Chang and Eng Bunker
Joshua Umomgae (28 days ago)
Hey! Vsauce! Micheal here
The Grilled Cheese Guy (28 days ago)
Who u callin pin head
Vermakt ss (28 days ago)
7:02 1860's*
aidan b (28 days ago)
Sir you are not vsauce
_This is the greatest _*_shoooooow_* _covered in all the _*_colored_*_ lights_ _the run aways are running the _*_night_* _impossible comes true_ _it's taking over you_ *O H* *_THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW_*
KingCosworth (29 days ago)
For 11k a week you can call me any name you want, 'Freak' is just fine
Jorge Betancourt (29 days ago)
Who else thought it was vsauce
Hunter Planty (29 days ago)
So im guessing the human skeleton dude shat out all the food he ate, if he had an healthy appetite?
Kieran 6215 (29 days ago)
When i saw that thumbnail made my arms feel really weird XD
Shahan Cheong (29 days ago)
Say what you will, but the dwarves are so fantastic. It must've been amazing to earn so much money just from being short and cute. OK you need a chair to reach stuff, but...hey! Money!
Pain Awayy (29 days ago)
Hey vsauce Simon here
wilmar (30 days ago)
Love this channel !!!
When I red the title the first thing that came to my head is the greatest showman. *THIS IS THE GREATES SHOW*
Roy (30 days ago)
hey vsauce, michael here

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