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Two Headed Baby Born in India

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Actually babies’ mom, Urmila Sharma, couldn’t afford an ultrasound and didn’t know she was delivering conjoined twins.

“We only came to know she was carrying conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago but it was too late to do anything by then,” Dr Shikha Malik, who delivered the baby, said.

The twins have “two heads, two necks and two spines,” but just one body and their chances for survival are slim.

Doctor’s say that a “meticulous and challenging” surgery could be the key to saving the twins’ life, but the procedure can’t take place until they are in stable condition.

Baby born without brain

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Nicholas Coke was born with a rare condition called anencephaly that caused him to never grow a brain, only a brain stem. Doctors gave him just a few hours to live and miraculously this baby just celebrated his 2nd birthday.

Teeth Chiseling

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In Mantawaian, a remote village from Sumatra, the natives don’t just pierce and tattoo their skins, they also chisel their teeth. Why do they do it? Because an old myth of theirs says that their ancestors once separated in spirits and humans. Humans were able to join the spirits if they felt unhappy with their lives. A soul can leave the body, causing its death if it is not happy with the body. So in order to keep their souls happy, the natives make their looks prettier. And in their standards, teeth chiseling is a good way to look pretty.

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Checkout how it is done with your own eyes :

Blackening Teeth

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Ohaguro is a custom dyeing one’s teeth black and even though it may seem something completely bizarre to us, in South_west Asia, it’s considered a must! Those who do it say that it helps keep their teeth healthier and cavity free.

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See how they blackening their own teeth :

Pulling out Teeth

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In Cape Town, South Africa a bizarre fashion stands its ground for the past 60 years. In that part of the world, it is considered fashionable to pull out your front teeth… Moreover, youngsters as well as the elderly, both believe that this is actually a beauty ritual, and people who do chose to keep their front teeth are laughed at.

Tattooing Gums with Black

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Women in Senegal believe that blackening their gums makes their smile more enchanting and beautiful. Have a look at the video below to see how hard it is to have your gums tattooed.

See how it was done :

Howler Monkey

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The loudest land animal is the Howler monkey whose deep growls can travel up to 3 miles in the forest.

Blue Whale

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At 188 decibels, the Blue whale is the loudest mammal of all with its deep sound traveling hundreds of miles across the deep oceans.

Oil Bird

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The Oilbird (oil bird) is the loudest bird with it’s high pitched clicking sounds.

Cicada

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Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 dB  among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. This is notable because the song is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in humans should the cicada sing just outside the listener’s ear.

1. The Incredible Brain (Daniel Tammet)

Daniel Paul Tammet is a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical calculations, sequence memory, and natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy. Experiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a well-documented form of synesthesia, but the detail and specificity of Tammet’s mental imagery of numbers is unique. In his mind, he says, each number up to 10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can “see” results of calculations as landscapes, and that he can “sense” whether a number is prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. Tammet not only verbally describes these visions, but also creates artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as hispainting of Pi.

Tammet holds the European record for memorising and recounting pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours. He also speaks a variety of languages including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. He particularly likes Estonian, because it is rich in vowels. Tammet is creating a new language called Mänti. Tammet is capable of learning new languages very quickly. To prove this for theChannel Five documentary, Tammet was challenged to learn Icelandic in one week. Seven days later he appeared on Icelandic television conversing in Icelandic, with his Icelandic language instructor saying it was “not human.”

2. The Boy who can “see” with sound (Ben Underwood

Ben Underwoodtaught is blind, both of his eyes were removed (cancer) when he was 3. Yet, he plays basketball, rides on a bicycle, and lives a quite normal life. He taught himself to use echo location to navigate around the world. With no guide-dogs, he doesn’t even need hands: he uses sound. Ben makes a short click sound that bounces back from objects. Amazingly, his ears pick up the ecos to let him know where the objects are. He’s the only person in the world who sees using nothing but eco location, like a sonar or a dolphin.

3. The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)

Five time Guiness Record holder, The Rubberboy is the most flexible man alive and the most famous contortionist. He has been in many professional basketball or baseball games and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ESPN’s Sports Center, Oprah Winfrey, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Cirque du Soleil, Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Discovery Channel, Men in Black 2, HBO’s Carnivale, and CSI: NY and American got a talent. He dislocates his arms to crawl through an unstrung tennis racquet. He performs contortion handstands and unique acrobatics.

4.Mister Eat-it-All (Michel Lotito)

Michel Lotito (born 1950) is a French entertainer, famous as the consumer of undigestables, and is known as Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all). Lotito’s performances are the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and so on in items such as bicycles, televisions, a Cessna 150, and smaller items which are disassembled, cut-up and swallowed. The aircraft took roughly two years to be ‘eaten’ from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material while a child and has been performing publicly since 1966. Lotito does not often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. When performing he consumes around a kilogram of material daily, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the ‘meal’. He apparently possesses a stomach and intestine with walls of twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids are, allegedly, unusually powerful, allowing him to digest a certain portion of his metallic meals.Watch the Video at YouTube.

5. King Tooth (Rathakrishnan Velu)

On August 30, 2007, the eve of Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day, Rathakrishnan Velu (or Raja Gigi, as he is known locally) broke his own world record for pulling train with his teeth, this time with 6 coaches attached weighing 297.1 tons over a distance of 2.8 metres at the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Raja Gigi, from Tampin in Malaysia learned a technique of concentrating his powers to any part of his body from an Indian guru at a young age of 14.

6. The Magnetic Man (Liew Thow Lin)

Liew Thow Lin, a 70-year-old retired contractor in Malaysia, recently made news for pulling a car twenty meters along a level surface by means of an iron chain hooked to an iron plate on his midriff. He says that he discovered he had the amazing ability to make objects stick “magnetically” to his skin, and now he’s added car-pulling to his repertoire. After reading an article about a family in Taiwan who possessed such power, he says he took several iron objects and put them on his abdomen, and to his surprise, all the objects including an iron, stuck on his skin and didn’t fall down. Since this “gift” is also present in three of his sons and two grandchildren, he figures it’s hereditary.

7. The Man who doesn’t Sleep (Thai Ngoc)

Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights. “I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said. Proving his health, the elderly resident of Que Trung commune, Que Son district said he can carry two 50kg bags of fertilizer down 4km of road to return home every day. His wife said, “My husband used to sleep well, but these days, even liquor cannot put him down.” She said when Ngoc went to Da Nang for a medical examination, doctors gave him a clean bill of health, except a minor decline in liver function. Ngoc currently lives on his 5ha farm at the foot of a mountain busy with farming and taking care of pigs and chickens all day. His six children live at their house in Que Trung. Ngoc often does extra farm work or guards his farm at night to prevent theft, saying he used three months of sleepless nights to dig two large ponds to raise fish.

8. The Torture King (Tim Cridland)

Tim Cridland doesn’t seem to feel pain like the rest of people. He astounded everyone by pushing needles into his arms without flinching and he now performs a terrifying act for audiences all over America. Scientific tests have shown that Tim can tolerate much higher levels of pain than are humanly possible. He explains that, by using mind over matter, he is able to push skewers through his body and put up with extreme heat and cold unharmed – but to do this safely he has extensively studied human anatomy, because puncturing an artery could be fatal.

9. The Lion Whisperer (Kevin Richardson)

Animal behaviourist Kevin Richardson says he relies on instinct to win the hearts and form an intimate bond with the big cats. He can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of being attacked. His magic works not only work for lions but other animals such as cheetahs, leopards and even hyenas do not hold a threat against him. Lions are his favourites and its a wonder how he can play, carress, cuddle with them whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel. Its a dangerous job but to Kevin, its more of a passion for him.

10. The Eye-Popping Man (Claudio Pinto)

Claudio Pinto can pop both of his eyes 4 cm (about 1 and a half inch) or 95% out of their sockets. He’s now aiming (poppin’?) for a world record. Mr Pinto has undergone various tests and doctors say they have never seen or heard of a person who can pop the eyes as much as him. Mr Pinto, from Belo Horizonte, said: “It is a pretty easy way to make money. “I can pop my eyes out four centimetres each, it is a gift from God, I feel blessed.”

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1. The Yoda Bat

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In 2010, a tube-nosed fruit bat with an appearance reminiscent of the Star Wars Jedi Master Yodawas discovered in a remote rainforest. The bat, along with an orange spider and a yellow-spotted frog, is among a host of new species found in a region of Papua, New Guinea. More than 200 animals and plants were revealed for the first time after two months of surveying in the rugged and little-explored Nakanai and Muller mountain ranges that year.

2. Lesula

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Scientists are claiming they have discovered a new species of monkey living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo — an animal well-known to local hunters but until now, unknown to the outside world. In a paper published in the open-access journal Plos One, the scientists describe the new species that they call Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, known locally as the Lesula, whose home is deep in central DR Congo’s Lomami Forest basin. The scientists say it is only the second discovery of a monkey species in 28 years.

In an age where so much of the earth’s surface has been photographed, digitized, and placed on a searchable map on the web discoveries like this one by a group of American scientists seems like a throwback to another time.

3. Mr. Blobby

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Affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Blobby,” this fathead sculpin fish was discovered in 2003 in New Zealand during a Census of Marine Life expedition, according to the Australian Museum in Sydney. Fathead sculpins—named for their large, globe-like heads and floppy skin—live in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans at depths of between about 330 feet (100 meters) to 9,200 feet (2,800 meters).

4.  Penis Snake

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A group of engineers building a dam in the Amazon recently discovered an Atretochoana eiseltiis, better known as a caecilian, which some people might know as a limbless amphibian. But let’s be honest, the creature pictured above is a penis snake. The strange creature was discovered while the Madeira River was being drained as part of a damn building project in Brazil’s Madeira River. Biologist Julian Tupan said that six penis snakes were found at the bottom of the river.

5.  Pinocchio Frog

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This Pinocchio-like tree frog species was discovered by fortunate accident when it ventured into a Foja Mountains camp kitchen and perched on a bag of rice, where herpetologist Paul Oliver of Australia’s University of Adelaide spotted it. Oliver was unable to find another of these frogs, and suspects that they stay mostly in the treetops.

The male frog’s nose, the scientists were surprised to discover, points upward when the animal’s calling and hangs flaccid when it’s not. “Exactly what it is for, no one really knows for sure,” Oliver said.

6.  Chinchilla tree rat

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The chinchilla tree rat (Cuscomys ashaninka) was discovered in 1997 during RAP expeditions that targeted Peru’s Vilcabamba mountain range, very close to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. It is pale grey in colour, possesses a stocky build, has large claws, and is characterized by a white stripe along its head. It is related to the chinchilla rats which are known to have been buried alongside the Inca people in their tombs.

7.  Leaf-Nosed Bat

Leaf-Nosed Bat

A new species of bat has been found in Chu Mom Ray National Park. Apparently this bat was mistaken for a known species in 2008, but has since been proven genetically distinct.

8.  Cyclops Shark

Cyclops Shark

An extremely rare cyclops shark, recently confirmed in Mexico, is one of the oddest life-forms found in 2011. The 22-inch-long (56-centimeter-long) fetus has a single, functioning eye at the front of its head, scientists announced. The eye is a hallmark of a congenital condition called cyclopia, which occurs in several animal species, including humans. Scientists have documented cyclops shark embryos a few times before, said Jim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The fact that none have been caught outside the womb suggests that cyclops sharks don’t survive long in the wild.

9. The flamingo tongue snail

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This flamingo tongue snail, Cyphoma gibbosum, from the British West Indies is one of thousands of new species uncovered as part of the first Census of Marine Life.

10.  Sea-Angel

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A 2005 Census of Marine Life expedition to the Arctic Ocean captured a so-called sea angel, Clione limacina, at about 1,148 feet (350 meters) underwater. Despite its nickname, this little angel apparently doesn’t mind showing a little skin. It’s actually a naked snail without a shell, scientists said in December 2009.

Such marine snails—most of them the size of a lentil—are widely eaten by many species, making them the “potato chip” of the oceans, biologist Gretchen Hofmann, of the University of California, said in a 2008 statement.

11.  Pink Nillipede

Pink Nillipede

Able to shoot cyanide, this millipede is tough enough to wear pink. First documented in 2007, the shocking pink dragon millipede–yes, that’s its real name–is among more than a thousand new species found in the Greater Mekong region in the last ten years, WWF announced on December 15, 2008. Far from a fashion statement, the animal’s bright color probably warns predators of the millipede’s toxicity.

12.  Gunnison Sage-Grouse

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Restricted to Colorado, the Gunnison Sage-Grouse was only recently realized to be a species separate from the Greater Sage-Grouse. The two species differ in size, display ornaments, and breeding displays.

Scientists feel that, the more humanlike the animal, the better research model it makes for testing drugs or possibly growing “spare parts,” such as livers, to transplant into humans.

. Chimeras—a hybrid creature that’s part human, part animal

Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that’s part human, part animal.

Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University in 2003 successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. The embryos were reportedly the first human-animal chimeras successfully created. They were allowed to develop for several days in a laboratory dish before the scientists destroyed the embryos to harvest their stem cells.

. Pigs with human blood

In Minnesota last year researchers at the Mayo Clinic created pigs with human blood flowing through their bodies.

With the world facing an organ shortage so serious that the majority of potential transplant recipients die while on waiting lists, doctors have looked to similarly sized animal organs as a potential alternative to human donations.

Unfortunately, the human body swiftly rejects animal organs. Animal lungs have proven especially problematic, as they stop functioning as soon as they com in contact with human blood.

Since pig organs are essentially the same size and shape as human organs, this advance could drastically increase the number of lungs available for transplant.

 . Mice with human brain

Scientists have produced laboratory mice in which a quarter of the brain cells are human.

Although the mice in the experiment still behaved like ordinary mice, the research raises questions about the boundaries between humans and animals.

scientists are now considering a research project to grow a mouse whose brain is populated almost entirely with human cells -although there would have to be a thorough ethical review before this step is taken.

The so-called ‘chimaeric brain’ developed in the mice showed that human brain cells can flourish in a mouse’s skull.

Researcher Irving Weissman, of Stanford University, said: ‘It looks like human cells can follow the developmental instructions put in by the mouse brain. They are making human components in what is clearly a mouse brain.’

Creating human-animal chimeras—named after a monster in Greek mythology that had a lion’s head, goat’s body, and serpent’s tail—has raised troubling questions: What new subhuman combination should be produced and for what purpose? At what point would it be considered human? And what rights, if any, should it have?

As a reader what you think is it good to create human-animal hybrids?

1. Cathie Jung: World’s Smallest Waist –15 inches

Honestly, no Photoshop. Cathie Jung’s tiny waist measures just 15in (38cm), making her figure distinctly hourglass. The Queen ofCorsets, as she has aptly named herself, has worn tight-fittingcorsets for years to get there, and appears in the body parts section of the Guinness Book of World Records 2007. Whilst she currently holds the record for the smallest waist on a living person, the record for the smallest waist ever goes to Ethel Granger who had a wasit of just 13″.

2. Svetlana Pankratova: World’s Longest Legs –more than 4 feet long

Russian woman Svetlana Pankratova has, according to Guinness World Records, the longest legs of any woman in the world. While she is not the world’s tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimetres (4 ft 4 in) long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 196 centimetres (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU), makingshopping for shoes difficult. From 1992 to 1995, Pankratova played women’s basketball in the USA, and on 2008 she appeared in Trafalgar Square in London on September 16, 2008 with He Pingping, the smallest man in the world, to promote the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records.

3. Vivian Wheeler: World’s Longest Female Beard –11 inches

With the longest hair in her beard measuring 11 inches – 27.9 cm., Vivian Wheeler of Illinois is blessed with having the longest beard for a female. Her father insisted she start shaving at the age of 7, but since 1993 Vivian Wheeler has not, letting her beard grow.

4. Lui Hua: World’s Largest Hand –his left thumb is 10.2 inches long

Chinese man 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.

5.  Annika Irmler: World’s Longest Female Tongue –2.7 inches

German schoolgirl Annika Irmler has licked her way into the Guinness Book of Records with her whopping seven centimetre tongue. The twelve-year-old from Tangstedt, near Hamburg, can lick the ice cream from the bottom of a cornet – while her friends have to use their fingers.

6. Lee Redmond: World’s Longest Fingernails –until she lost them on a car crash

Lee Redmond, a woman from Utah who has not cut her nails since 1979, had grown and carefully manicured them to reach a total length of 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in), and was listed in the GuinnessBook of World Records as the world’s longest fingernails. Sadly, on February, 2009, she lost them in a car crash.

7. Radhakant Baijpai: World’s Longest Ear Hair –almost than 10 inches long

Indian grocer Radhakant Baijpai certainly has a goal in life: make sure that he has the longest ear hair in the world. Radhakant was crowned the official Guinness world record holder for the longest ear hair back in 2003, when his aural fronds were an already-impressive 13.2cm long. But that didn’t stop him pursuing his goal of ever-longer hair on his ears. After several more years of carefully cultivating and caring for the ear-hair, Radhakant’s tufts now stretch an astonishing 25cm. He is now waiting for Guinness adjudicators to confirm that he has set a new high, hairy bar for his chosen field.

8. Mehmet Ozyurek: World’s Longest Nose –4.5 inches

Mehmet Ozyurek, born in Turkey in 1949, has been confirmed as having the world’s longest nose. His nose measured 4.5 inches (8.8 cm) when it was last measured on July 06, 2007. He currently lives in Artvin, Turkey.

9. Devendra Harne and Pranamya Menaria: Most Fingers and Toes –25

Along with Pranamya Menaria, Devendra Harne shares the title of the person with the most Most Fingers and Toes, they are both indian and have 25 in total (12 fingers and 13 toes) as a result of the condition polydactylism.

10. Frank Ames: World’s Longest Eyebrow Hair –3.7 inches long

Frank Ames of Saranac in New York earned his place in the Guinness Book ofWorld Records with a pair of bushy brows measuring 9.6cm. He decided to go for the title on 2003, only to discover it didn’t exist. After calling officials, he set up and claimed the hairy new record. “I don’t know why it grows like that, it just always has,” he told reporters.

10. Domovoi, Russia

Have you ever noticed a small bearded man running around your house? Look again, because Russian folklore promises that every home has a Domovoi. These little creatures have the ability to shape-shift into the physical forms of its human and animal housemates, as every tricky domestic ghoul should. Whether your Domovoi is good or evil is up to you. Use foul language, he’ll be cruel. Be clean, he’ll be nice. If you’d like to meet your Domovoi, yell, “Grandfather Dobrokhot, please come into my house and tend the flocks!” Fail-proof creature-catching phrase, right there.

 

9. Lady Midday, Eastern Europe

Lady Midday is a treacherous force, swooping in on hot days to agonize toiling field workers. She often arrives at noon to chat her victims up, asking difficult questions to determine each target’s fate. If the workers improperly respond to her inquiries, Lady Midday will chop off their heads! Sounds like an evil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, no? Lady Meredith Vieira?

 

8. Bean Nighe, Scotland

The lady above doesn’t look much like a fairy to us, but whatever floats your boat, Scotland. These Bean Nighe creatures are fairy messengers from the Celtic Otherworld, sent to foreshadow humans’ impending deaths. Much like our good friends the Pontianaks, these ladies died in childbirth, but instead of becoming organ-eating beasts, their spirits have been sentenced to launder the bloody garments of the soon-to-be-dead until the respective woman’s true death date, had she survived the birth. The above rendering is slightly more flattering than most descriptions, which peg a Bean Nighe as having a lone, large nostril, one large tooth, and webbed toes. Beautiful!

 

7. Leshy, Eastern Europe

Here we find a Leshy; guarder of forests, hater of Man. Leshies look like humans, but can grow and shrink, befriend bears, and magically hide lumberjacks’ axes. The evil version of this species is prone to mimicking your friends’ voices, leading you into a cave, and — wait for it — tickling you to death! Don’t fret, as soon as you realize you’re being duped by a Leshy, just turn your clothes inside out and wear your shoes on the wrong feet. That’s the only way to escape him. Now you know.

 

6. Jorōgumo, Japan

Jorōgumo, which translates to “whore spider,” is a creature that — well, is pretty much just a whore spider. A shape-shifting Jorōgumo will appear as a beautiful woman, seductively lure a man into her shack, sedate him with some sweet jams on her lute, then wrap that fool in spider silk and gobble him up! Good thing Spider-man loves Mary Jane, because we wouldn’t want him associating with one of these arachnophobia-inspiring chicks.

 

5. Manananggal, Philippines

A Manananggal is like a vampire, but with the ability to sever its torso and an appetite for fetus hearts. These terrifying, bat-winged creatures will climb in your windows, snatch your pregnant women up, and use their long, repulsive tongues to consume the sleeping woman’s blood and her fetus’s heart. But have no fear — these ghouls can be defeated by tossing salt on the lower half of the body that’s left behind when the Mananggal’s torso is off wreaking havoc on unborn babies. So, who wants to be the next Buffy the Manananggal Slayer?

 

4. Jikininki, Japan

Don’t be greedy, or else you’ll be cursed to look like these guys for all of eternity. Jikininki, also known as “human-eating ghosts,” are the spirits of selfish humans who have been doomed to a post-life existence as an insatiably hungry corpse-eater. These creatures look like decomposing humans with bright eyes and claws, leaving any mortal who accidentally beholds them in a frozen, disgusted trance. Well, that’s one more reason not to hang out in cemeteries, kids.

 

3. Encantado, Brazil

Do you have an attractive, well-dressed friend who’s really into sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll? Does that friend have an affinity for H2O and disappearing for long periods of time? We hate to break it to you, but your buddy is probably an Encantado. These shape-shifting, musically inclined creatures emerge from an underwater paradisaical “Encante” to dazzle and spitefully impregnate human party-goers, occasionally kidnapping their targets and dragging them back to Encante. For this reason, Amazon River townies are often terrified to go near the water. And folks — beware of dolphins, otherwise known as Encantado in their sea-mammal form. We always knew that Flipper had a secret.

 

2. Vodníci, Czech Republic/Slovakia

Have you ever felt something strange at the bottom of a pond? If you’re not sure what it was, we suggest the Vodníci, a breed of underwater ghouls who dress like vagrants and proudly store human souls in cups. That’s right — after you’ve been drowned by a Vodník, your soul is eternally doomed to his cup, the creature’s one prized possession. When a Vodník isn’t busy killing swimmers, he will often spend his time leisurely smoking tobacco, loitering, and playing cards at the water’s edge. Sounds like a fun guy to us!

 

1. Pontianak, Indonesia

Next time you smell something wonderfully fragrant followed by a putrid stench, don’t be fooled — it’s probably a Pontianak. Having died during childbirth, Pontianaks return to the earth as undead creatures who just want to feast on the flesh of easily seduced men and pregnant women. These creepy beings take the form of eerily beautiful, long-haired ladies in white gowns whose cries notoriously warn of their presence — if loud, she’s far; if soft, you’re doomed. She’ll lure you with her beauty, then dig her sharp fingernails into your stomach to feed on your innards! And rip out your sex organs! Oh, and be wary of your beloved bananas, because daytime Pontianaks tend to hide their souls in banana trees. Tasty.

. Sultan Kösen – 8 feet 3 inches (251.4 cm)

The 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Guinness Book of World Records lists Sultan Kösen (born 10 December 1982) as the tallest living man in the world as well as having the largest hands (11.22 inches or 28.5 centimeters) and largest feet (14.4 inches or 36.5 centimeters) when last measured on 8 February 2011. Kosen has been in the Guinness Book of World Records for some time now due to his extremely tall stature. If we were to really add up his scores for the Guinness book of world records he would probably hold a few more, for the largest custom made shoes and gloves along with pants and t-shirts. Most men can buy their clothing in a department store, but it must be a little more difficult to purchase your clothes when you have to buy custom t-shirts every time you need a new one. Which could have been frequently considering that Kosen was still growing at 8 feet 2 inches in 2011.

Sultan Kösen

. World’s smallest man 22 inches

A Nepali teenager bidding to become the world’s smallest man is going the extra mile to achieve his lifelong dream. Khagendra Thapa Magar, 17, is flying with his father and a supporter to Italy, where they plan to file a claim with Guinness World Records. Standing just 22in tall, Magar is eight months away from adulthood – and the chance to claim the title of the shortest man in history. The shortest man ever recorded was Gul Mohammed of India, who measured 22.4in. Pictured waving to the media before leaving for Europe, the tiny teen, who weighs just 10lbs, is hoping to find fame, fortune and a fiancee on his travels. His family initially applied for Guinness recognition when he was 14, but Magar was told he would have to wait until he was an adult. The current smallest man record is held by China’s He Pingping, who is 29in tall. Magar and his father told reporters in Kathmandu that they planned to appear on an Italian television show this week to talk about his bid for the title. Mr Magar, who was born in 1992 in the Baglung district of Nepal, started to walk only at the age of eight and ceased growing at 11. ‘He was very tiny when he was born,’ said Khagendra’s mother Dhana Maya Thapa Magar. ‘It was not possible to bathe him or clean him up because of his size. We had to hold him on our palm,’ she said. According to his father, Magar would become upset after finding that he was much shorter than other children of his age. ‘We always tried to console him saying that size doesn’t matter at all,’ said Rup Bahadur. But his life has been transformed after the word about his size spread in the area.

 

Tiny man

Khagendra Thapa Magar, 18, who stands at 22 inches tall, is carried by his father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar, as he arrives for a meeting with media before leaving for Europe

 

. World’s fattest man 812 pounds

Lying in his reinforced bed, 58-stone Keith Martin yesterday defended the estimated £50,000 a year he costs the taxpayer – by comparing himself to others who receive help, such as smokers or injured rock climbers. Believed to be the world’s fattest man, the bed-bound 42-year-old cannot even roll over on his own. He is visited by seven carers a day, who wash and change him in two shifts, plus two nurses every other day who tend to his bed sores. Despite the huge drain on public funds, Mr Martin, who has been unable to work for more than a decade, said: ‘It’s either that or I would end up dead. Until people have lived like it, they can’t judge.

Mr Martin, who has outgrown his size 8XL clothes, is hoping to have a gastric band fitted but has been told he must lose half his weight before that can be done. Speaking in his ground floor bedroom in his council house in North London, he said: ‘I blame myself, I don’t blame anyone else. It was my fault, I am the one who ate the food. No one held a gun to my head and made me. I hate what I have done to myself.’

 

Weighty problem: Keith Martin, who eats eight hotdogs for breakfast, is putting extra strain on the NHS

. Thinnest girl in the world Lizzie Velasquez

At just 5ft 2″ tall and weighing in at 4st 3lb, Lizzie Velasquez, 24, appears worryingly thin at first glance. But her tiny frame wasn’t caused by an eating disorder. Instead, it is the result of a syndrome so rare that it is shared by just two other people. Her condition means that try as she might, Lizzie, from Austin in Texas, finds it impossible to gain weight or store fat, and as a result, she’s forced to eat up to 60 small meals a day.

Inspiring: Lizzie, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, is now a best-selling author of two books

Inspiring: Lizzie, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, is now a best-selling author of two books