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18th Century Man With World’s Longest Nose Goes Viral With A Wax Figure Of Himself

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18th Century Man With World’s Longest Nose Goes Viral With A Wax Figure Of Himself

“They say your brain automatically ignores looking at your own nose but yeah I don’t know about that guy.”

Thomas Wedders is a famous circus man from the 18th century, well-known for his stark appearance, particularly that long nose of his. He had the longest nose in the world and still does to this day.

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The Yorkshireman was part of a traveling circus and his giant nose was recorded at the Guinness World Record at 19cm long. Today, a replica of his head is on display and was previously shown on Ripley’s Believe It or Not. A screenshot of it was shared on Reddit where users were flabbergasted at the sight.

His nose was a truly national phenomenon, making it to local magazines and turning him into some sort of a celebrity of his time.

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One user joked, “They say your brain automatically ignores looking at your own nose but yeah I don’t know about that guy.”

Another questioned what it could’ve been, “What is actually happening here? Tumor? Growth? Random genetic mishap? Do the nostrils extend all the way to the tip?? I have so many questions…”

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Daily Star shared that the Strand Magazine’s Vol. X1 that was published in 1896 wrote of his magnificent nose, “Thus, if noses were ever uniformly exact in representing the importance of the individual, this worthy ought to have amassed all the money in Threadneedle Street and conquered all Europe.”

“But either his chin was too weak or his brow too low, or Nature had so exhausted herself in the task of giving this prodigy a nose as to altogether forget to endow him with brains; or perhaps, the nose crowded out this latter commodity.”

“At all events, we are told this Yorkshireman expired, nose and all, as he had lived, in a condition of mind best described as the most abject idiocy.”

The Guinness World Records described, “There are historical accounts that Thomas Wedders, who lived in England during the 1770’s and was a member of a travelling circus, had a nose measuring 19cm (7.5in) long.”

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The record did not detail on his life, but it is rumoured that he died in his early 50s.

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