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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 (2 months ago)
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Jordan Wu (3 hours ago)
you forgot sarah baartman.
Gary Stump Sr (1 day ago)
When telling of the Wild Men of Borneo you said $200,000 was a lot of money back in the 1960's. That is true but I don't believe that is what you meant to say since Barnum died in 1891.
D.H. Economy (5 days ago)
This is the greatest show!
nonam nonam (8 days ago)
Did you know "Freak Shows" are now called "Channels"?
Chris Hajda (9 days ago)
chan yu sing from now on from the greatest showman please.
Dolly Valdes (10 days ago)
I am a freak of nature who was also created to look how I look.. Why nobody loves mmmmeeeeee. I need love and money too you know.
Nick Rose (11 days ago)
Now I know how T.V's American Horror Stories got there ideas for the freaks on the show...
Leon K (11 days ago)
The husband had sex with both pairs of legs..... Thats what i call acceptance
Gregory Garcia (14 days ago)
If you read the book "freak love" you will find many times it wasn't "just the way they were born", often women took odd concoctions to turn the fetus into a freak. Sometimes off-handed remarks are the kind that hurt the most.
love tfue (16 days ago)
Jumbo !❤️😭❤️😭❤️😭❤️😁😭❤️😭❤️😭❤️😁😭 I hope your happy where your are
LSUtigers 101 (19 days ago)
Would about the elephant man
A (22 days ago)
When the lady grows a better beard than you
I love the earth (23 days ago)
The greatest showman uuuuuhhhhh
DogCat Party (25 days ago)
Please do a video about the painter Whistler, how are you related? Please do a video about the Swedish opera singer, Jennie Lynd, and her family tree, all the way back, and the current relatives.
X-MISMA-X (28 days ago)
Oh so P T Barnum putchases a slave woman, exploits her and ZI am assuming that she didn't become wealthy, or even earned any money, because of how you made a point of how the others became wealthy but not her, did the giant Chinese man?
Kristi_is_weird 2.0 (29 days ago)
My birthday party is coming up and the theme is The Greatest Showman/circus. I liked the movie okay, and my mom came up with the idea, but my mom wanted me to learn about P. T. Barnum. So I'm watching this to learn I guess.
Etheric (1 month ago)
80 years old was not an average age back then, 45 / 50 yrs was the average age. 80 yrs was REALLY old!!
Jennie Hudson (1 month ago)
If these people hadn't joined the circus,they'd have ended up I poor houses.they earnt slot of money and did well for themselves
Nathaly Alvarez (1 month ago)
Whoooaaa major dashavu now
Azn ll (1 month ago)
English vsauce?
Indy Van Zuijlen (1 month ago)
Pinhead looks like beetlejuice
ANDREW HOLTON (1 month ago)
It’s very easy by today’s standards to see Barnum and the other showmen as the villains. Look at how much money these people earned (more than I do today), and then work out what their lives would have been without the show. They weren’t forced into this. They wanted to do this for a living. Barnum seems to have been a decent kind of chap, in the whole.
Andrew Glouberman (1 month ago)
Maybe that’s what Eugenia cooney has 🤔
Monika Aledrovich (1 month ago)
Damn he's sticc
Ms.winemaker (1 month ago)
But were they rich? Managers were quite cunning and very much grifters. They took advantage of those "freaks" bc after all, they were mentally and/or intelligently challenged.
blueberry loves dusty (1 month ago)
*undertale in real life*
JIM MORGAN (1 month ago)
Daddy long neck at the end.
Do You Even Dab Bro (1 month ago)
Famous yes rich no.
Alahdin (1 month ago)
it would be cool to visit the victorian era
Alahdin (1 month ago)
or well what was happening in the US during it, thats just how i remember when this took place
Blue eyed Eurasian (1 month ago)
Talking too much.. just get to the points..
McHenry Cruiser (1 month ago)
I wish i could own slaves. That would be cool. I would make love to them.
E A (1 month ago)
You mean eugenia cooney Is on here?
Con Spiracii (1 month ago)
The human skeleton? We are skeletons xd
Hudson D (1 month ago)
I'm just glad they got well paid
HackerPrankerArt (1 month ago)
Thought you were vsauce
randy johnson (1 month ago)
What a sad world we live in that we cannot exploit the worlds "freaks" anymore...
Tanya Head (1 month ago)
You only wreck our kids perception on history it might have been facts but in today's world it's fun and we love the magical movie! Sometimes fact should stay hidden !?!?!? And they better off as actors. Open to comments
L. M (1 month ago)
Wait a minute he to rewind. So she had 2?
SomeRandomAccount (1 month ago)
Realising where Darren Shan got his inspiration for his freak show acts.
Madeline Zhang (1 month ago)
This makes me feel sad
Keith Purdue (1 month ago)
The word Robot was first usrd in 1920. PT Barnum preceded this. Do some research before pontificating.
William French (1 month ago)
In interviews with former "freaks" many speak about what they lost when sideshows stopped using them. As this video shows - they were making a heck of a lot of money. And the circus's were their family. Once being a "freak" was not longer acceptable they ended up isolated and without ways to make a living.
Leonie H (1 month ago)
7:00 In the captions it says "1800" but the video says "1960s"
AnimeIsGoOdfOryOU (1 month ago)
Rip off v sauce
Lady O (1 month ago)
I am actually related the Lavinia Warren. My grandmother has two of the original wedding photos from her and Charles Stanton's wedding. It so interesting to still hear about them.
Bizzaro MG (1 month ago)
Why did Johnny Sins lose his gains ?
XxGamer GirlxX (1 month ago)
I cannot be the only one who thinks that P.T Barnum looks like M.r Bean
jbond5150 (1 month ago)
We call “freak show”s “fox news” these days.
Melonie Jen (1 month ago)
K POP idols are jealous
Rava Ceap (1 month ago)
I thought it was raini Rodriguez
nas taran (1 month ago)
Even though they were so famous what sad and lonely life they had , exactly like beautiful actresses of that time that were lonely no known them for them not their look
McHenry Cruiser (1 month ago)
Your english sucks bruh 😅🤣😂
S 6 V 9 N (1 month ago)
Aren't all humans skeletons tho?
Rob Mangeri (1 month ago)
Funny how in our much more PC world a lot of the public manipulation tactics are still being used.
rick sanchez (1 month ago)
The guy with no arms and legs got laid???🤣 If that's not a miracle then I dont know what is.
I_like Jintys10 (1 month ago)
The guy who is talking has a striking resemblance to vsauce
ventura sanchez (1 month ago)
They all have 5 children
Nitro Nitrix (1 month ago)
Mr. Bean? Nevermind.
B T66 (1 month ago)
Chang yu sing? Well Yes I Can
Tyler Hatton (1 month ago)
That's not PT that's Rowan Atkinson
AntonUSA (1 month ago)
Love this. Great info Simon.
니아안토 (1 month ago)
I was looking for a „skinny legend“ comment but didnt find one...
Extremely Salty Player (1 month ago)
Damn, I would want that 4 legged women!
BobTheT-rex (1 month ago)
Though Barnum was not a great guy you can't deny that he payed his people well.
Josh Ball (1 month ago)
Heyyyy Michael from Vsauce. He sounds kinda different here. Lol
Cherry Davis (1 month ago)
"there's a sucker born every minute." P.T. Barnum.
rufus gillespie (1 month ago)
How many channels does this dude have Omd
Gamer1 (1 month ago)
Wait the 3 legged girl could have sex with 3 men at the same time. Think about that
Ger - (1 month ago)
6:57 *1960’s?*
Patrick York (1 month ago)
This guy is a vsauce knock off
nooodle (1 month ago)
Are you sure is not mrBean
DeadMan897 (1 month ago)
HADES (1 month ago)
Who you callin PINHEAD 🌚
Chuy Castillo (1 month ago)
Hahahahaha the “missing link”
dood _some (1 month ago)
00:14 he looks like Mr.Bean
Chelsey • (1 month ago)
The thumbnail looks like that picture of young cardi b
Linyx (1 month ago)
He was basically the first click baiter and clout chaser
sum boi (1 month ago)
Aloemania Vevo (1 month ago)
Hey Michael vsauce here
Rex Soloman (1 month ago)
This video is very meta
James Michaels (1 month ago)
The freak show was liberating for these people. With him they would of had a life of misery and pain. Instead, they had a life of wealth and. Comfort and full of respect.
sterben.jpeg (1 month ago)
British Vsauce
French Fries (1 month ago)
Oh look it's British Vsauce
Hannah Simon (1 month ago)
Did no one notice how he pronounced Guyana wrong. That actually hurt
Adriana Flowers (1 month ago)
Hannah Simon isn’t that how you pronounce it?
Peter Virden (1 month ago)
Calling that dude the missing link was genius advertising
please stop (1 month ago)
Aren't all humans human skeletons technically?
ReigningAngel (1 month ago)
They Stared in wonder in the past and now we do the same.
matt hernan (1 month ago)
“Abraham Lincoln was a huge fan of little people”
Hello Lesbian Dinosaur (1 month ago)
0:09 is that mr bean
“Chang yu sing?” “No, I only dance.”
:3 (1 month ago)
He itz sans
Van Slam (1 month ago)
So he paid them...great. but he was certainly someone who exploited people in a terrible way.
bernardo luis (1 month ago)
Why? They weren't forced to do anything. They got in the show because they wanted to and they got paid more in a month than most people in their lifetimes at the time
Dark Danger (1 month ago)
I thought you were vsauce
Becca Ⓥ (1 month ago)
The guy narrating looks like British Vsause Michael
McHenry Cruiser (1 month ago)
Damn baby. How u doin?
Ascend RaginRusha (1 month ago)
😂😂 They copied The Greatest Showman!!!
Virginsuicde (1 month ago)
this is so sad
Greybeard (1 month ago)
Just goes to show how addictive cigarettes are.
Esmeralda Herrera (1 month ago)
Kris jenner works hard but Barnum worked harder
payne stiegman (1 month ago)
I'm deeply disturbed by William Johnson's treatment- that alone should have PT cancelled in popular culture and should be known about by more people
Stephen Sekhose (1 month ago)
Though Barnum exploited his exibhits.He still payed his employees extremely well even though everyone called them freaks

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