Rules of life of Yuri Nikulin-front-line soldier, actor and clown, who was called "the Great comedian of the world»
He was adored by the whole huge country, and his colleagues could only dream of such popularity as Yuri Nikulin's. People fell in love with the characters of his roles…

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Stories of nineteenth-century albinos caught in the lens of a photographer
During the 1800s, if you were different in appearance from most people, your fate was sealed. You could hardly get a job anywhere, you would not have a chance to…

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6 most famous Russian circus dynasties that have conquered the world
The succession of generations is probably the most pronounced among circus performers. This is easy to explain to those who children usually accompany their parents on tours and absorb the…

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Inseparable brothers, thanks to which the term “Siamese twins” appeared”

The term “Siamese twins” came from two brothers, Chang and Eng, who were born in Siam, but were known far beyond the borders of their homeland. Most of their lives were surprisingly quiet-the brothers got rich, got their own house, got married, and had quite a few offspring – the brothers had a total of 21 children.

Chang and Eng Bunker were born on may 11, 1811 in a fishing village near Bangkok in the Kingdom of Siam (today Thailand). Continue reading

Ladies, go ahead: circus of curiosities of the nineteenth century
Circus in the modern view, with an arena and a dome, appeared only 200 years ago. However, then the artists, for the most part, entertained the audience not with their…

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As a Russian strongman on a horse from the battlefield took out and people from the cannon caught
About 100 years ago, the whole world admired the "Iron" and "Amazing" Samson. This man really expanded the boundaries of human capabilities, because with a modest height and weight, he…

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"King of freaks": how life was for a man who had three legs
"Being different" is a heavy burden that falls on the shoulders of people with physical disabilities. Society often does not accept them, it is almost impossible for them to find…

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Circus victims: 10 tragic cases that occurred in the arena
"Only the tiger is not clear that he is trained, because I have many scars" - these words from the song of Mikhail Boyarsky about the difficult work of the…

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