Friday, April 30, 2010

Super Freak.

"Hey ladies"

Joseph Carey Merrick. The Elephant Man. A pretty wicked-looking dude, Joe started to get his "look" 'round when he was 3 years old in the form of small bumps forming on the left side of his body. Contrary to his name he was not afflicted with elephantitis, a disease carried by mosquitos that causes thickening of the skin around the breasts, legs, and groin, so if it afflicts the skin, then there shouldn't be any change to the bone structure right?


That's an image of Joe's skull, and you can see a lot of bizarre deformations to the right side of it, and as of 2001 the general consensus is that he had suffered from Proteus syndrome, a disorder which causes an overgrowth of bones, skin, muscles etc...gross, and Neurofibromatosis type 1, a mutation that creates noncancerous lumps all over the body.

Now, Joe was a pretty heavy guy, he finished letters with a poem written by Isaac Watts:

"Tis true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God.
Could I create myself anew,
I would not fail in pleasing you.
If I could reach from pole to pole,
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul,
The mind's the standard of the man."

He wanted to go to a hospital for the blind so he could find a woman that wouldn't be disgusted by his looks, he collected wild flowers-and this next thing may make you feel guilty for not enjoying the simple things-he died in his sleep, his neck dislocated under his head's weight cos he tried sleeping like a normal person for once (prior to, he had always sat when he slept so he could rest the weight of his head onto his knees). His life wasn't completely doom and gloom though, he became a very famous sideshow attraction, and during his time working there he was treated much better than when he was homeless.

So, to make your own Elephant Man, mix this with this, and you should end up with this. Congratulations on making your very own elephant man!

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