Strange Country Ep. 93: Chang and Eng

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Chang and Eng, conjoined twins from Siam, arrived in America in 1829 to tour as curiosities. Why are we compelled to gawk at those who appear "abnormal"? Is it a manifestation of our own inner anxieties? Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly tackle these questions, which lead to some bizarre tangents on pooping and farting that should not be missed.

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Cite your sources:

Barbier, Laetitia. “Morbid Monday: The Death of Chang and Eng, Conjoined Twins Until the Last.” Atlas Obscura, Atlas Obscura, 9 Dec. 2013, www.atlasobscura.com/articles/morbid-monday-the-demise-of-chang-and-eng.

“Cast and Livers of Chang and Eng Bunker.” Exhibits | Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, muttermuseum.org/exhibitions/cast-and-livers-of-chang-and-eng-bunker/.

Evans, Gideon. “‘Mobituaries’: Chang and Eng Bunker, the Original Siamese Twins.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 28 Feb. 2019, www.cbsnews.com/news/mobituaries-mo-rocca-chang-and-eng-bunker-the-original-siamese-twins/.

Getlen, Larry. “The Fruitful Sex Lives of the Original Siamese Twins.” New York Post, 1 Nov. 2014, nypost.com/2014/11/01/the-sex-lives-of-siamese-twins/.

Huang, Yunte. Inseparable: the Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History. Liveright, 2018.

Rezaei, Asal. “Descendants of Original Siamese Twins in Mount Airy for Family Reunion.” Spectrum News, 27 July 2018, spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triad/news/2018/07/27/hundreds-of-descendants-of-original-siamese-twins-arrive-for-family-reunion-#.

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