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The Most Unusual People Who Have Ever Lived
By Chris Mikul. Art by Glenn Smith

An A-Z of eccentrics... 266 of them. 528 pages, beautiful hardback with dust jacket.

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eden ahbez (he insisted on his name not being capitalised — only God and Infi nity deserve that) was born George Aberle to a poor family in Brooklyn, New York. Like some of his twelve siblings he was adopted out, ending up with a family in Kansas named McGrew. He left them as a teenager and spent the next few years crisscrossing America on freight trains and on foot, fi nally landing in Los Angeles in 1941. Here he began his musical career... [more]

‘The Dinton Hermit’

Bigg was an educated man who had acted as a clerk to Simon Mayne, one of the judges who sentenced Charles I to death. Shortly after the restoration of Charles II, Bigg retired to a cave in Dinton, Buckinghamshire, and stayed there for the next thirty-fi ve years or so. Some said he felt remorse for his part in the king’s death (there was a rumour that he had been one of the hooded executioners)... [more]

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Ella (1854–1934),
Lizzie (1857–1936),
Addie (1859–1942),
Effie (1867–1944)
& Jessie (1871–1903)
Vaudeville act

The Cherry Sisters were an act famed for their complete lack of talent and the derision and occasional violence they provoked in audiences... [more]


Dalí, who said ‘the only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad’, was born in the Catalonian city of Figueres in Spain. He was the second son of a public notary, freethinker and Catalonian nationalist, Salvador Dalí Cusí, and his wife Felipa (née Ferrés). He was born nine months after the death of their fi rst son, also named Salvador, who had died at the age of twenty two months, and believed himself to be a reincarnation of his deceased brother. Possibly as a result of the earlier tragedy, his parents spoilt him terribly... [more]

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Wladziu Valentino Liberace, who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, emerged from the womb with a caul on his head, traditionally an omen of greatness. His father, Salvatore, was an Italian immigrant with a fiery temper. He played French horn in various bands and, considering himself an ‘artiste’, was reluctant to take other work, which meant the family was often poor. He insisted that all four of his children have music lessons... [more]

‘The Witch of Kings Cross’

Norton was born during a violent thunderstorm in Dunedin, New Zealand, emerging from the womb with a strip of extraneous skin stretching from her right armpit to her waist, and other physical peculiarities which she later identifi ed as ‘witch’s marks’. She was the third daughter of a British-born merchant seaman, Albert Norton, and his New Zealand-born wife Beena. In 1925, the family moved to Sydney. The young ‘Roie’, as she was usually known, had a vivid imagination and artistic talent. She loved horror stories and, age fourteen, was expelled from a Church of England girls’ school for her drawings of vampires, werewolves and the like... [more]

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The Eccentropedia: The Most Unusual People Who Have Ever Lived by Chris Mikul, illustrated by Glenn Smith. An A-Z of eccentrics. 266 true stories of the most original and outrageous people on earth. Buy this book»

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