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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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TopTenz (17 days ago)
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Kendrick Arceo (1 day ago)
This is related to the greatest showman ,right ?
stephen mclaughlin (1 day ago)
"blessed" Wow.
worm wood (2 days ago)
What's it like to be the king of freak shows?
The Lunatic (2 days ago)
Greatest showman!
Daniele Iannarelli (3 days ago)
Re: #6 Zip, the Pinhead... Microcephaly is pronounced (British Medical English) “micro-keffaly”. ‘Micro-seffaly’ is the American Medical English pronunciation.
amadeusamwater (4 days ago)
You forgot Anna Swan, who stood 7' 11" tall and later gave birth to the two largest children ever born. Here husband was a Civil War veteran who stood over 7' tall.
Marko Radokicik (4 days ago)
Okay, Mr Randian the living torso is the most badass SOB that ever lived. I saw the cigarette trick in the movie Freaks from 1932 and Arnold Schwarzenger and Sylvester Stallone combined can dream of being that cool
Brittany (4 days ago)
They’d dress him up as a potatoe 😝😝😝😝😂
BargSlarg (5 days ago)
What a cool time to be alive
Thomas Lucia (6 days ago)
What a beautiful voice and diction. Such a welcome change from most of the hosts...who have terrible speaking voices and/or cannot pronounce half of the text.
Michael Woods (8 days ago)
I don't get the dislikes. For a man of his time Barnum was pretty damn progressive. At least he paid his freaks. I work in a kitchen with a bunch of side show rejects and we don't get paid nearly so we'll lol! That pay meant they weren't burdens on society forced to hide themselves away from the world or be confined to institutions. They got to live relatively well and were taken care of exceptionally well.
Lucifer Light (9 days ago)
I was looking for videos on Nancy Pelosi but came across this one instead.
tiny021085 (9 days ago)
At last. A youtuber who just gets right in to the video and doesn't go off subject or try and be zaney and funny. And waits till end to ask for a like and sub. So I did.
Short Person (9 days ago)
THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW Nowadays, kinda anti-human rights but-
Ashley Wilson (10 days ago)
Yo I saw him for like 2 seconds, and I thought *Vsauce here*
D. R. (10 days ago)
5:58 "Sometimes they would dress him up as a snake, a caterpillar, or a potato" what😂😂
BIG BOY06 (11 days ago)
You keep saying wrong dates
Aaron E (11 days ago)
Remember "the Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka?!
Aaron E (11 days ago)
Do you know why there are no more "freak" shows? Cause anymore all you have to do is walk in any city and you will see plenty of that stuff for free!
Ruvix (13 days ago)
Hey Vsauce here.
Skull Kandi (13 days ago)
Sans is that you?
Ida Johansson (13 days ago)
Many peopel think that is it horrible to display people like this, and it is if you really show them of as freaks, but to my understanding, all these people were actually happy with their lives. They made a ton of money and all they had to do was to show up really. People dont come to watch them because they think that they are "awful" or "gross" or "actually freaks" (todays definition), people came to see them for the same reason we watch documentaries about people with disabilities today; it is interesting and facinating! I would totally be in one of these shows to earn 11.000 every week!
fayb9 (15 days ago)
pt barnum the protege of donald trump
Leah YT (16 days ago)
Thumbnail: *The human skeleton* Me: *Eugenia Conney?-*
Candis Hicks (16 days ago)
I used to feel like these performers were exploited... maybe they were... but dang.... they were loaded $$$$.
Jake Cullen (18 days ago)
Simon has a testicle head
Gemma Laping (18 days ago)
Chang, you sing!
RCCSD Productions (19 days ago)
Well this is not the greatest show...
scarabooshable (21 days ago)
Apparently the woman with 4 legs was getting shagged left and right.!:-p
Denise Clepper (22 days ago)
Why do people get mad and say that these people were exploited? Aren't people doing this same thing today on talk shows? How about my 600lb Life? Hoarders? My Big Fat Fabulous Life? Dr Pimple Popper? Skin diseases on people are common on National Geographics? Little Couple, Little People? Conjoined twins... These channels are being paid by advertisers. Exploited is subjective. These people were/are paid yes but they had a life that is /was intriguing and different. I would say If they were kidnapped and sold without their say then they are/were exploited.
Mr. Skull (24 days ago)
How about the elephant man
Stinky Poopoo (24 days ago)
Wild man of Borneo? Hmmmmm Yum yum eatem up!
Nekomata (25 days ago)
ironically this kind of gig paid these people more than most disabled folks in today's society could ever dream of making. it just has the possibility to go terribly wrong and I'm sure the people with mental disabilities were exploited the most often.
Stuff Stuffer (26 days ago)
See, this is why I don't really approve of the movie the greatest showman.
Stuff Stuffer (26 days ago)
Dang. Living that long with Microcephaly is amazing. Though people with anencephaly don't live very long at all.
Stuff Stuffer (26 days ago)
*tHiS iS tHe GrEaTeSt ShOw*
Тимотны X (27 days ago)
I dont get, what about this video possibly offends people. Exept SJWs maybe.
Elizabeth Balbach (1 month ago)
The greatest showman is based on the true story of the real PT and the freak show
Knight Valle (1 month ago)
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? -Only the one legged hooker knows!
Flaming Freddy (1 month ago)
Looks like Stephen Hawking was born in the wrong time period...
madgee (1 month ago)
8:57 He's gone hollow
Jack Skellington (1 month ago)
No Siamese twins?
Michael Saunders (1 month ago)
I like.the miniture freaks. I loved Ma Petite in the series American HORROR FREAK SHOW.
DragonPlayzzz Stuff (1 month ago)
I always wondered why there was a guy with 3 legs in the move but know I know why because of number 7!!
Isiac (1 month ago)
Ok just becauze i spent 2 hours researching P.T. Barnum last Friday doesn’t mean i want to watch videos on him YouTube 😂
John Critchlow (1 month ago)
*Sparkly Chicken*
John Critchlow (1 month ago)
P.T Barnum aka Mr. Bean.
MaskedMan66 (1 month ago)
No need for quotation marks; the word freak is merely descriptive.
Nile Rootz (1 month ago)
P.t. was a goon!!!
Sean Reeves (1 month ago)
This guy can't even pronounce the r at the end of his name
Odd Eyes94 (1 month ago)
Pinhead? So... is this where a put the Hellraiser reference or joke? Meh, not sure how to. ☹
RainBow_ starlight (1 month ago)
omg if this takes place in the 1800, then that woman that is 161 years old could possibly was born in the 1600s!!!
Red River (1 month ago)
Enough with the PC addendum in the intro.....
WaffleTea (1 month ago)
Am I the only person that thought P.T was kinda appearance racist?
studskater14 (1 month ago)
This video would be 110% better if I didn't have to look at this bald dude talking the whole time .
Greeley (1 month ago)
Why does Barnum look like mr.bean
shmaxo (1 month ago)
It's funny that they had Hugh Jackman portray P.T. Barnum in 'The Greatest Showman', when, in real life he looked more like John C. Reilly...John can sing, too!
Lawrence Porter (1 month ago)
The word ‘freak’ isn’t outdated or offensive. It’s regarded as such because of how generations have used it differently and especially the ‘freak’ generation currently in swing. People are offensive, not words.
Thai Hoang (1 month ago)
Tom Brady is a freak. No man should be able to win 6 Super Bowls over 2 decades lol
The Bod Squad (1 month ago)
Didn’t Phineas Gage also participate in Barnum’s circus for a little bit? Wondering because I figured he would attract one of the biggest spectacles😂
Lena The Human Cat (1 month ago)
do you do magic tricks? you look same... i just asked
Steve French (1 month ago)
Is this the coach of the New York Knicks?
Esther b y (1 month ago)
What type of accent it that?? And where from????
Rizaki Konoshima (1 month ago)
who watched the movie The Greatest Showman
Arindam Awasthi (1 month ago)
3:04 Thats Casey Neistat on the left..
The Black Baron (1 month ago)
4:14 4 legs 2 lasagnas *little mermaid theme starts playing*
Jane Garner (1 month ago)
I’m no expert on this but I think the people you referred to as dwarves were actually midgets, as these two types of little people were called then. Those previously called midgets are proportioned like most adult humans, look like the majority of humans in the proportion of body, limbs & head, while “dwarves” tend to have shorter limbs, stockier bodies, & heads larger than normal in proportion to their bodies. These are two different cases, each one mainly inherited biologically, although I think both kinds of people now choose to be called “little people.” They look different from other people but have the same intellectual capacity as most humans.
BevvyIsTheBest (1 month ago)
Thought that was eugenia cooney in the thumbnail
The Prophet (1 month ago)
Awesome video
Amanda Jakobsson (1 month ago)
Wow cool!!!!love your vids
Kiri Williams (1 month ago)
Who's exploiting who? Sounds like these "freaks" were doing pretty well. Great vid
Celina Varchausky (1 month ago)
HEY! VSAUCE *MICHAEL HERE*
A Fat Penguin (1 month ago)
ALRIGHT PINHEAD YOUR TIME IS UP
Lauren K (1 month ago)
I’m a pinhead
Athena Mills (1 month ago)
Just watch the movie
Sniper Venom (1 month ago)
@7:00 1960?
Robert JDM (1 month ago)
My niece has microcephaly
Amberwood243 (1 month ago)
Can you please stop nervously and awkwardoy moving during every wide shot. Tape your hands to your sides.
Devy Hoseok (1 month ago)
Freak is not offensive
JG Harts (1 month ago)
Great to hear the backgrounds of the B&B Circus people. Thanks
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K G (1 month ago)
These comments are pretty disgusting...
DespacitoGamer420 (1 month ago)
The thumbnail is Eugena Couney
E L S E W H E R E (1 month ago)
Hold up...are you the Holistic Song Writing dude?!
Michael Palmieri (1 month ago)
They left out Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins.
Hoots (1 month ago)
When I was a kid I actually was offered to be in a freak show; I almost took the offer because the title of Snake Child sounded cool. I eventually refused because I was told I'd be ridiculed even more than I already was. I have psoriasis on my face, scalp and arms. I was born with it.
Jennifer Wang (1 month ago)
I have an condition bet you guys can’t find or see it 😛

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