As we've reminded you before, people in the past just didn't give a shit. They were too busy being crazy and taking pictures of it to be bothered with how those pictures would make them look in 80 or 90 years. It's like they're daring us to make sense of them, and once again, we've risen boldly to the challenge.
15"That's Two People Sharing a Costume, Right?"
OK, this is definitely some kind of optical illusion. The little girl's real legs are clearly hidden behind that log or something, because otherwise they would've had to spend a lot of time digitally erasing all of the villagers trying to set her on fire.
Pictured here is Ella Harper, a Tennessee native better known across the country as the Camel Girl. She suffered from congenital genu recurvatum, which is a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees and causes them to bend backward, gradually or all the damned way. Like many people with physical deformities in the 1800s, Ella was a star circus attraction for many years, which presumably then segued into a featured role in Charlie Sheen's The Arrival.
It kind of looks like she has two geese in a leg lock.
She actually made a good living this way, at one point taking home $200 a week, or the equivalent of $5,000 a week in today's money, and was able to retire from the sideshow business in 1886, which we're thinking is a happier ending than what other sideshow attractions got back in those days.
Hey, speaking of which ...
14"Those Are Just Wacky Novelty Shoes, Right?"
Clearly, this woman stabbed Mr. Potato Head in the YMCA locker room and made off with his shoes. But, no, there are huge feet inside there:
"Someone find me a pair of boogie boards to use as flip-flops."
That is Fannie Mills, better known as the Ohio Big Foot Girl.
"Marriageable men take notice."
She is believed to have suffered from Milroy disease, which turns the lower half of your body into a Ninja Turtle and the upper half into a low-wage carnival worker. She was otherwise healthy and could actually walk (although with some difficulty). She was married and lived a normal life, aside from her career being a "look at my giant feet" sideshow freak.
Her disease did unfortunately mean that she would pass away at age 39, but then again, average life expectancy at the time was only 49, so it could have been worse.