I find that 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. Really?
Take a look at this (some amongst these "freaks" belong in a prominent list! (via the human marvels)*
|Josephine Clofullia (the so-called "bearded lady of Geneva")|
The Swiss manuscript presents a rational treatment of the issue,
*Thanks to J. Tithonus Pednaud's The Human Marvels, a formidable research/site!