Buzzfeed calls this series "ridiculous monsters." Let's excuse BF's lack of historical acumen at not mentioning provenance.
My problem is that BF takes for granted that these "monsters" did not exist.
Take a look at this (some amongst these "freaks" belong in a prominent list!) *
|Josephine Clofullia (the so-called "bearded lady of Geneva")|
The Swiss manuscript, on the other hand, presents a rational treatment of the issue,
Today's political correctness works in a perverse way: we don't call these people "freaks" anymore. In fact, we don't have a word for them. And yet, we think 16th century illustrators were, as Buzzfeed calls them, "fucked up"?
*Thanks to J. Tithonus Pednaud for The Human Marvels, a formidable research/site!