“Lui Hua suffers from a rare condition known as macrodactyly. When he was hospitalized in Shanghai on July 2007, his left thumb measured 10.2 inches and his index finger measured close to 12. On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-hour operation to reduce the size of Liu’s fingers and thumb. Doctors removed 11 pounds of flesh and bone in the procedure. A second surgery is scheduled to take place. Enlarged limbs can be caused by a number of medical conditions. Lymphedema is perhaps the most common cause and results in some extraordinarily enlarged limbs. ”
Taken from this interesting list of unfortunate deformities.
Aloisia Wagner, better known with the stage name of Violetta, was born without legs or arms with a condition known as tetra-amelia syndrome. Though her earlier years are a mystery, it is known that in April 1924, Violetta immigrated to New York from Bremen-Hemelingen, Germany, with her … Continue reading →
One of the biggest (and most hilarious) fads of the late 1950’s was Hunkerin; which is simply where a person sits on the balls of their feet in a squatting position. Hunkerin’ had been in use in many cultures, particularly in Asia, … Continue reading →