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Attributes of freaks



Freaks may have too few or too many body parts



Freaks may have distorted or monstrous forms



Freaks are usually much larger/smaller/thinner/bigger than the norm



Freaks may have hair or skin of an anormal color considering their sex/race/age



Freaks having two or contradictive genders




Rarity and early mortality

  1. Congenital freaks are rare, they represent less than 0.2-3% of total human children births. More than 80% will die before they reach 3 months.
  2. The variation and variance in the rate is explained by the differences in the definition of the freak as a discriminatory factor.
  3. An commonly accepted rate is 2.5-3% of abnormals and monstrous children.
  4. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that 2% to 3% of babies in the United States have major congenital birth defects.
  5. Albert Puech : 0.2-0.4% (men)
  6. The result of a survey by INSERM (French Medical Institute) in 1978 on the period 1950-1968 yields the number 1.79% .
  7. This rate remains constant in time even if prenatal test and early abortion might help reducing the number of freaks actually born.

Meaning of freaks and prodigies


The Human Oddities Gallery