Young Arthour, baby Equius
Sorry for any blurry photos! I’m uploading from my phone and can’t see too well heh.
Visited a local aquarium shop on our way back from lunch after the beach. Was really glad to see their big old moray actually out and about for once!
She’s a bit of a show off. Kept trying to steal the spotlight from her younger cousin. Not sure what species he is? Leopard eel?
Regardless, I adore eels. They’re incredible to see in motion!
The shops outdoor koi pond has thinned out a bit. Guess everyone’s been buying them up.
I’ve got a lot to tell you about this guy, his life is both interesting and tragic.
Joseph Merrick was an English man with severe deformities as you can probably tell.
As one description says
"His skin appeared thick and lumpy, he developed an enlargement of his lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms and both feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness."
Merrick’s exact medical condition remains unknown.
Now let’s talk about some aspects of his life story that will bring tears to your eyes.
- He was born a healthy child
- He first started presenting symptoms from 21 months
- His family blamed it on the fact that his mother was knocked over and frightened by an elephant when she was pregnant with him
- He enjoyed a close relationship with his mother who sadly died when he was 13
- He ran away from home during that time because his step mom and dad abused him
- He worked at a workhouse and then decided to work as a curiosity in a human novelty exhibition
- When Tom Norman (the owner of the show) first saw him, he thought Merrick would be too scary for people
- Norman also noticed that Merrick slept sitting up, with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knees.
- His enlarged head was too heavy to allow him to sleep lying down and, as Merrick put it, he would risk “waking with a broken neck”
- A surgery to his mouth left him unable to speak unintelligibly
- I’m skipping a lot of details but soon Merrick’s health began to deteriorate, he was admitted to a hospital where he and a previous doctor, Frederick Treves maintained a relationship
- Treves observed he was lonely and depressed. He carried a picture of his mother with him at all times.
- He also had never made contact with any women because most were afraid of him.
- The doctor arranged for a “pretty, young widow” to meet with him.
- The meeting was short because Merrick was overcome with emotion. She was the first woman to smile at him and shake his hand.
- Merrick wanted to know more about the “real” world. He asked the doctor to take him to a “real house”
- He died at the age of 27. Cause of death? Asphyxia, caused by the weight of his head as he lay down to sleep instead of sitting up.
"He often said to me that he wished he could lie down to sleep ‘like other people’ … he must, with some determination, have made the experiment … Thus it came about that his death was due to the desire that had dominated his life—the pathetic but hopeless desire to be ‘like other people’."
Like I said I skipped a lot of detail which you can read here
There is also a movie based on him which you can see here
welcome to shitty edits in mspaint by me and the bandwagon effect
I WANNA SEE LOTS OF HYPE OVER THIS MOVIE I WANNA SEE EXCITEMENT CAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST CGI MOVIE WITH A BLACK PROTAGONIST
oh no everyone is fashionable AND hot
here have a transparent gay space alien
because you’re dashboard needs a merman.
The amazing Mertailor! He MAKES these tails!
No but seriously
how flipping beautiful
Eric Ducharme/the Mertailor’s tails are.
someone get me one… blue always blue
I CANNOT DEAL WITH HOW PRETTY THESE ARE
Water is the essence of wetness…
…and wetness is the essence of beauty
And this post has come full circle
Trying to draw a character from another angle and suddenly questioning everything about their proportions
Adrian Brody appreciation post