“Sometimes I pretend to be normal. But it gets boring. So I go back to being me.” – Ain Eineziz
We’ve all known somebody who seems a little bit left of normal, but some people are just so strange that it can be hard to believe that they are real. Well, believe it: Below are 44 curious facts about the strangest people in the world.
44. No Barber for Him
A Vietnamese herbalist named Tran van Hay was known as the man with the longest hair in the world. Until his death at age 79 in 2010, he hadn’t cut his hair in 50 years, and had only washed it a few times.
43. Keeping a Hand Up for Peace
In 1973, holy man Saduh Amar Bhirati raised his right hand in the air for peace, and never put it down. Before 1970, he was a normal, middle class man. Then one morning he woke up and decided to leave it all behind to serve the Hindu god Shiva. Three years later, believing that he was still too connected to the pleasures of mortal life, he decided to raise his right arm and keep it raised—forever. 38 years later, it’s still up in the air.
42. I Ate This
Yoshiro Nakamatsu is a Japanese inventor with over 3,000 patents to his name; he claims he’s the original inventor of the floppy disc. For the last 40+ years, Nakamatsu has been conducting research on how to expand his lifespan, which is why he’s meticulously photographed, catalogued, and analyzed everything that he’s eaten since he was 42. In 2005, his investigations into the links between intelligence and eating habits earned him an Ig Nobel Prize (that’s the bad one).
41. Odd Parts
Elieen Brown, a woman from Bolton, England, became a real-life bionic woman when she had all but two of her joints replaced to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. Her left elbow is now the only original joint remaining in her body.
Lindsay Wagner played The bionic woman in the ’70s
40. Unicorn Woman
In 2015, an 87-year-old Chinese grandmother stumped doctors when she came to them with a large, curved horn on her head. According to reports, it started out as a black mole on her forehead, and then suddenly the mole split open and a horn started growing. The actual medical term for her condition is a cutaneous horn, which is a usual yet benign skin tumor.
39. Big Mouth
Francisco Domingo Joaquim holds the record for the world’s biggest mouth. His mouth measures 17 cm wide at its fullest, and Joaquim has fit anything from a soda can to a wallet in his maw.
38. The People’s Pope
In 1990, Daniel Allen Bawden was elected Pope in a papal conclave attended by 6 people, including Bawden himself and his own parents. He calls himself Pope Michael, and the conclave was called because Bawden believed there had been no legitimate Pope elected since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. As of 2009, he claimed to have 30 “solid” followers.
37. Surprise Sibling
Bhagat, an Indian man from Nagpur, always felt self-conscious about his big belly. One night in summer of 1999, he was rushed to the hospital with a stomach so swollen he could barely breathe. The doctors discovered the half-formed body of a twin brother who had never been born.
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