The idea of a spectacle that exploits people with severe physical deformities and abnormalities, better known as a "freak show," has existed for centuries. However, these shows only really started to take off as the traveling shows that most of us now recognize in the s, when they traveled to towns with lurid banners advertising examples of nature gone wrong.
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She was found quickly in upstate New York where the phrenologist claimed Jones to be his child. Frank became famous performing feats like kicking a soccer ball with his third leg or jumping rope. Report a bad ad experience.
As medicine began to explain the unexplainable, circus freak shows fell out of fashion. Ringling Bros. Jones — whose genetic condition that caused excessive amounts of hair remains unknown to this day — would become as well known for her musical skills as her bearded face.