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"The Two-Headed Boy of Bengal" In 1783, a boy was born with two heads. The second head was fully functional. The boy claimed he could hear the other brain telling him things. /r/ALL

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u/willmstroud 3d ago

Is this the inspiration for the Neutral Milk Hotel song?

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u/BanUrzasTower 3d ago

Probably not this one specifically, but the lyrics definitely indicate that Jeff was fascinated by the imagery of a two headed boy trapped in glass, which is kinda what doctors sometimes used to do with fetuses/babies who died with abnormalities, they'd literally put em in a jar and preserve em

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u/CocoScruff 4d ago

So what do they mean by "fully functional".. like is it opening it's eyes and looking around and stuff? There's no vocal chords or lungs attached so it couldn't talk I assume. This really hits my morbid curiosity and I can't stop thinking about what that all would be like.

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u/ManaPot 4d ago

I did a bit of searching and I'm even more weirded out than I was before. I kind of wish I didn't read this..

While the second head was rarely conscious, it did act independently from the other at times.

When the child laughed or cried, the second head sometimes didn’t match the action. If the first head was asleep, the eyes on the second head darted around as if observing its surroundings. But the heads also acted in unison in some instances.

Interestingly, when the boy was fed through the first head, the tongue on his second face would salivate. Witnesses also say that the second head would instinctively suckle when presented with a breast.

https://historyofyesterday.com/the-boy-with-two-heads-93d164ede1a5

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u/dansbump 4d ago

The eyes darting around while the other head is sleep. That’s mental.

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u/Deleena24 4d ago

Looking for a way to escape, or it's the only time the 2nd consciousness ever had alone time and felt scared.

Either situation is terrifying.

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u/Ok-Elderberry-6121 4d ago

Less terrifyingly it could just be REM

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u/ImakeApoop 3d ago

Exactly what I’m thinking. First heads eyes are moving from deep sleep. 2nd is matching.

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u/pimpmypatina 3d ago

So amazing but so creepy!

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u/zuzg 3d ago

Modern day creepy, back then they thought it's cursed or something like that.

From the source of the comment above

The midwife assisting the boy’s mother was horrified with his appearance and immediately chucked the newborn into a fire.

She literally tried to kill him with fire.

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u/Cruise_missile_sale 3d ago

Imagine you gave birth and the midwife chucked your baby screaming into a fucking fire. Would be so terrifying for everyone involved.

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u/zuzg 3d ago

Before you even get to see the child. You have literally no clue what's going at this moment. God damn that poor mother

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u/jumpup 3d ago

and failed, killing something with fire shouldn't fail,

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u/M2704 3d ago

The mother probably saved the child.

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u/GullibleDetective 3d ago

Unless the fire isn't stoked enough or hot enough

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u/senorkose 3d ago

Targaryen fasho

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u/slothsmerp 3d ago

Now I'm curious if the 2nd head (consciousness???) is awake or asleep. If awake, that is crazy scary to think about

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u/CompMolNeuro 3d ago

Or he could be stuck in his brother's nightmare. Whatever helps you sleep better tonight.

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u/XIII-Death 3d ago

*Bloodborne boss music grows louder*

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u/johnbarnshack 3d ago

This boy certainly would have made some people lose their religion

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u/-PonderBot- 3d ago

And in some cases, gain a new one.

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

I thought that for a moment, but they were already familiar with the second head's sleep patterns and knew when it was awake or asleep. REM also only lasts for about 2 hrs at the extreme end of the spectrum.

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u/Petrichordates 3d ago

This is a story from the 18th century, it's way too vague to be assuming they weren't just remarking on something they saw for 30 minutes at a time several times throughout the night.

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u/uraniumrooster 3d ago

If the boy could hear the other brain's thoughts, then the parasitic twin might have been receiving thoughts/imagery from whatever the boy was dreaming. Imagine being conscious while simultaneously experiencing someone else's dreams.

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u/funemployed1234 3d ago

Have you heard of the hogan twins? Currently still alive, twin girls from Canada, I believe. They can see through each other’s eyes and they can communicate without speaking at times. Fascinating and really makes me wonder about how individual vs possibly shared consciousness works!

https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/features/the-hogan-twins-share-a-brain-and-see-out-of-each-others-eyes

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u/UncleYimbo 3d ago

What a trip that was to read and watch. Thanks for posting this. That's remarkable.

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u/ThrowawaytheDaisy 3d ago

Toad getting his nickname mentioned is hilarious.

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u/WiseSalamander00 3d ago

what if the brains are inverted and the one in the top head is controlling the regular body.

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u/tayloline29 3d ago

I was thinking what if there is a fully formed human being in the second head but they had no way to communicate that hey there's another person in here. Who is me. So their whole life was one long episode of locked in syndrome.

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u/Davotk 3d ago

Oh it is most definitely a parasitic twin and not like literally a spontaneously created 2nd head. But they can't breathe, eat, or talk so yep it's probably extremely confusing and torturous.

Based on the Hogan twins it would possibly be able to see/feel everything the bottom twin could, and possibly even take control. But due to the quarter turn (90 degree) angle of conjoinment, they may have a real disadvantage in neuroplasticity.

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u/thaantichrist 3d ago

.. this is way too much for me to think about right before I go to sleep. My brain hurts.

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u/catsineveryonespants 3d ago

At least only one brain hurts

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u/sexy-melon 3d ago

Maybe you need a second head to think about this while you sleep.

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u/Yaboiskinnypenis710 3d ago

Fr I decided to look at the comments too and now Im bouta go to bed lol

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u/Steadimate 3d ago

Someone resurrect Lovecraft

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u/MangaMaven 3d ago

Ummm. Let’s not and say we did.

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u/melperz 3d ago

If the second head is fully conscious, it's scary to think what his point of view is.

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u/youredangerousmav 3d ago

Upside down.

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u/CyberRozatek 3d ago

Nah the brain would correct for this. There have been studies where someone wears upside down goggles and after like a week the brain switches what you're seeing so it appears right-side up.

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u/HWDT66 3d ago

If I remember correctly your eyes already see an upside down image as is, and your brain learns to flip the image around in your first days/weeks after childbirth. This head would be like the only head ever that didn’t have to correct for the images being upside down.

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u/Edraqt 3d ago

It's also pretty much just a brain, assuming that it only sees everything from the full human its attached to, everything should just be completely normal?

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u/itisrainingweiners 3d ago

Man. We are basically our brain. Everything we are is in that wrinkly chunk of meat. If that brain was fully functional.. I can't even imagine.

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u/android24601 3d ago

So I wonder if the 2nd head slept. Also wonder autonomically, what parts of the brain are shared. If the eyes on the 2nd head are darting around while the 1st head sleeps, I wonder if the 1st head being in REM sleep has anything to do with it

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

Yes, it slept most of the time. They had two completely seperate brains according to the wiki... REM sleep is associated with the brain stem, which weren't shared, but thoughts could be? Nothing makes sense at the surface level so your guess of REM is just as valid as any other theory.

If they would've lived another 10 years I can only imagine what we could've learned.

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

Oh man. You went down the rabbit hole.

Some say the the ID and ego are housed in separate hemispheres, which fits with this.

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u/janesfilms 3d ago

Wow my minds are blown!

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u/1mnotklevr 3d ago

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

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u/AstroBearGaming 3d ago

I mean if what's normally an even partially shared consciousness is now hallucinating, it would absolutely be terrifying for the other one.

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u/MangaMaven 3d ago

Don’t make me feel bad for the head baby!!

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

The head baby would salivate when the "normal" baby ate, yet was never able to swallow a bite of food. If that didn't make you sad, I don't really know what will.

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u/Fakedisordermodsblo 3d ago

The eyes darting around on the decks. Head might have just been REM sleep of the first brain.

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u/Fakedisordermodsblo 3d ago

So two out of every 5million babies is born like this. So since then some 10K+ have been born with two heads?

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u/Inevitable_Sea_54 3d ago

A lot of these “1 in 10 million”, “13 in 20 million” conditions are counting the babies that didn’t survive.

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u/Drofmum 3d ago

I'm surprised no one has yet linked this famous and more contemporary case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_kfMhUmQWs

The other head would often display the opposite emotions to the primary head

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u/insanityzwolf 3d ago

Wow I wonder how you make the ethical decision to ... well no, let's not walk into that minefield.

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u/Marface15 4d ago

That head experienced a state of existence probably utterly unique in human history

Remind me of that "babe a horrific new state of consciousness just dropped"

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u/Wevvie 3d ago

That's probably one of the worst fates one could have.

Imagine being born as a head attached to another, with no free will? Where you couldn't talk or move at all, but just exist to be an "aberration" to everyone else?

Gosh.

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u/OverconfidentPancake 3d ago

Doesn't even need to be a second head. Also works if you separate your two brain hemispheres.

Have fun knowing about this (CGP Grey video)

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u/artificialdawn 3d ago

Well at least it got to suck on some titty before it died then.

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u/windyorbits 3d ago

I was feeling really shitty reading all these comments but I laughed at this and now feel a bit guilty about it lol no regrets though

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u/kisamo_3 3d ago

If you're born not knowing free will, then you wouldn't know what it is to begin with or to feel the fear of not being independent. Like others said it's literally another form of existing.

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u/sushisection 3d ago

i would be cracking jokes with the other head. "BEHIND U MF" lol made you look

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u/Apprehensive_Paint90 3d ago

He died of a snake bite coincidentally.

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u/Blitzkriegbaby 3d ago

Born with two heads. Burned immediately after birth. Paraded around as a side show attraction for four years. Death by snakebite. What a horrible life! That snake was a mercy.

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u/BerenTheBold 3d ago

Not to mention the kidnapping, grave robbing, putrefaction and public skull display.

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u/GodzillaButColorful 3d ago

Tatiana and Christa Hogan are twins joined at the head. Their brains have unusual neural connections. Despite the fact that they are generally separate personalities, it has been proven that information flows from one brain to the other. For example, one of the girl likes ketchup while the other hates it. When one eats ketchup, the other cringes with discomfort.

So there is a gray zone between separate and connected brains. I could imagine that this case was similar. Maybe the two heads could communicate through neural connections, thus the boy reporting that the other head was communicating with him.

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u/FabulousPlant1889 3d ago

good fucken tits that is horrific

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u/[deleted] 3d ago

good fucken tits that is terrific

that's what the second head said when confronted with a breast.

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u/shiptendies 4d ago

Shouldn't have opened this post. Won't be going to sleep anytime soon I guess

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u/Kintsukuroi85 4d ago

Yep, mistakes were made.

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u/RaulJustice76 3d ago

Who was presenting multiple breasts suckling opportunities to the 2nd head, where would the milk go....

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u/BatangTundo3112 3d ago

I shook my head when the parents turn the baby in to a freak show. Then came the fucking brits. WTF.

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u/Soft_Plastic2808 3d ago

Yeah poor guy, just was a show monkey when alive and then on the shelf in a brit doctor's home :(

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u/OviliskTwo 4d ago

The second head presented w a breast. Holy shit that's fucky

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u/qiwizzle 4d ago

Hey Debbie, see what happens when you put your boob up to the second head!

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u/Silent-Ad934 3d ago

C'mon Deb, be a doll

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

When you think about it, it's not at all unusual- the second head would be presented with a breast every time the first head was being nursed.

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u/PubFiction 3d ago

Sometimes you get pa boob, sometimes you get an armpit.

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u/tensebustle 3d ago

Where did the milk go if he breastfed?

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

They didn't actually feed the second head. It just reacted to breasts like a normal baby would, and they noted that down.

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u/Suspicious-Ad-9960 4d ago

Imagine you wake up

you are a head upside down attached to another head. You can hear the other head talk but you cant talk. You can think and the other brain and hear you think.

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u/SpaceWizardKing 4d ago

Eventually the top head's vision would flip, so it wouldn't appear upside down anymore. If you remain upside down (or your vision is reversed through some other means), your vision will eventually correct itself.

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u/The_True_Black_Jesus 3d ago

Let's say I wanna be dumb and test that out. How long does it take?

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u/tarrox1992 3d ago

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/nov/12/improbable-research-seeing-upside-down

This article doesn't mention a definitive timeline, but says the researchers got used to it after 10 days and one was able to drive a motorcycle after several weeks.

They make special glasses for it, and it's a little different than just turning upside-down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upside\_down\_goggles

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u/rickane58 3d ago

Working link for anyone not on new reddit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upside_down_goggles

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u/RocksterWho 3d ago

Would have been super interesting to see them grow old, but unfortunately they died from a cobra bite at 4 yrs old.

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u/pimpmypatina 3d ago

Damn that’s tragic. To be so unique then some asshole snake kills you.

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u/SuperMazziveH3r0 3d ago

On the other hand it could've freed the second head from immense agony of powerlessness

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u/tslime 3d ago

Maybe it was a relief for one of them.

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u/Maiesk 3d ago

I'm pretty spooked thinking about how the second brain may have developed, considering many disorders don't show until adolescence or even early 20s. Imagine that thing had schizoaffective disorder and was living a constant manic nightmare that you couldn't detach from.

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u/sushisection 3d ago

4 eyes but couldnt see the snake

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u/CaptSprinkls 3d ago

There was another story I remember where a kid had two faces? Or something like that but they were like side to side, so he would literally just turn his head and you could see a different face.

Well apparently this other face could talk and it was kind of like an evil version. Like it would talk while the main face was sleeping and it would say evil things and stuff.

I think this was all first hand testimony, so idk how true it is, bit my god could you fucking imagine living like that.

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u/windyorbits 3d ago

Edward Mordrake! His second face was on the back of his head. He said it would whisper evil to him, keeping him awake at night. It drove him to madness and he eventually killed him self. . . But it was a century old hoax!

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u/jukkaalms 3d ago

Well yeah imagine your face squished to the pillow all night. I would whisper evil things too

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u/Part-timeParadigm 3d ago

Evil things: Sleep on our side motherfucker, I can't breath!

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u/cmaniak 3d ago

Yeah there's a documentary on it by James Wan

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u/Faint-Louee 3d ago

Voldemort as a child

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u/invaderzim257 3d ago

Edward Mordake. If it’s true that he actually existed, it would probably be a similar scenario of him hearing the thoughts of the other uh, “person”, not actually hearing them speak aloud.

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u/MikeAndBike 3d ago

"The boy’s parents exploited his condition. After his burns healed, he was immediately exhibited in Calcutta, earning his family a pretty penny.
If no one paid, the boy would be completely hidden in a piece of cloth for hours on end. He was more a prop than a son."

I feel sorry for the poor kid :(

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u/aleksandd 3d ago

I'll stop scrolling now. This is getting depressing the more I scroll down.

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u/EpicIzAwesom 3d ago

Turns out that poor kid died at age 4 due to a cobra bite of all things. I figured it would have been some sort of medical condition or something in the brain.

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u/Freaux 3d ago

Not only that, after he was buried, the British stole his body in order to conduct experiments.

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u/MyZt_Benito 3d ago

Did you expect anything else from the british?

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u/Deleena24 4d ago

One of the more crazy details- the very first person to see them tried to kill them

"The midwife assisting the boy’s mother was horrified with his appearance and immediately chucked the newborn into a fire. Fortunately, he suffered only a few burns and managed to survive."

And he/they would have lived a relatively full life had they been cared for properly.

"As for our “Two-Headed Boy from Bengal”, there were no recorded complications from his condition. Unfortunately, he died from a cobra bite just four years after his birth."

https://historyofyesterday.com/the-boy-with-two-heads-93d164ede1a5

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u/shewolf-of-the-night 3d ago

To be slightly fairer to the midwife, probably not expecting to see a head without a body attached come out of a uterus. Then an additional head attached to that with a body. I think I’d freak the f*** out too.

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u/EosinSheep 3d ago

I didn't even think of this. If the baby is born in the head-down position of course the midwife would see the bodyless head first!

My gosh.

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u/toady-bear 3d ago

I wonder if the first head came out face-up so she saw what appeared to be a bodiless head emerge first, or if the face was away from her and she assumed the child had a massive growth on his head, only to turn him and suddenly see a second face.

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u/Noble_Dark 3d ago

What even crazier is that this head was functional so there would be this bodiless head staring up at her.

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u/redheadedalex 3d ago

aaaaahhhhhh I did not need these intrusive thoughts

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u/ksidhpuri 3d ago

Not to mention it's 1783. Lack of medical awareness combined with demon stories

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u/DweadPiwateWoberts 3d ago

Thou shalt yeeteth the dual headed demon

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u/catsineveryonespants 3d ago

And always keep a fire stoked next to a woman in labor

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u/okaywhattho 3d ago

Uh, 1783 or 2021 I think a bodyless head is freaking any nurse or midwife out.

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u/zj_y33t 3d ago

Doubt it would be thrown in a fire in 2021 though

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u/ksidhpuri 3d ago

true, it would be thrown out of society

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u/stealthisvibe 3d ago

TLC would make a show about them lol

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u/filthismypolitics 3d ago

and imagine how desensitized we are to unusual stuff, and she wouldn’t have been like, at all. this would’ve likely been the most horrifying, bizarre, terrifying, surreal thing she’d ever seen in her life

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u/sharktank 3d ago

I mean…it’s also more unusual than anything IVE ever seen IRL (tho the internet has shown me many doozies)

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u/suzuki_hayabusa 3d ago

Fukin snakes. That boy might have psychic powers.

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u/MangaMaven 3d ago

The snake knew that and didn’t want to give humanity the chance to get any stronger.

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u/EdithDich 3d ago

Snake was a time traveler form the future sent to save us all.

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u/Eisenkopf69 3d ago

The snake gave this poor dude a favor.

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u/looking_at_memes_ 3d ago

Rick and Morty all over again

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u/grumpylazysweaty 3d ago

Snake Jazz ssssssss

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u/Laxander03 3d ago

Yep that cobra bite’ll getcha everytime, yes siree

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u/Magnon 3d ago

I feel like dying young is a kindness to the other head. Imagine having no body, no ability to talk (except maybe to your twin?). No control of your life at all, you might be able to see things your twin passes by, hear music, or voices and that's about it. I think given enough time like that you'd go insane, depending on the level of communication you had with your able bodied twin.

It sucks to die early for the other twin, but if I was the trapped twin I'd consider that sweet release to end my torturous existence. Maybe he felt differently though.

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u/Deleena24 3d ago

Yeah, it's quite the ethical dilemma. The only thing is that they were 4 years old- a few more years and the second head may have been able to communicate through the first. There are plenty of extremely disabled people that are happy to be alive even though they can literally only move their eyes, so there is a chance the 2nd head would've been relatively ok with it's situation.

But then again the people I speak of have access to technology that makes their lives livable, whereas these children were treated horribly.

If we only knew what types of thoughts were transmitted between the two... I wonder if the second head had a gender identity.

Sooo many questions here. So much potential knowledge to gain if those boys lived (I find it odd that the company taking care of him allowed them to die from something so avoidable. They were a golden goose for them and they went through a lot of trouble to steal him), but I admit that's a selfish outlook.

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u/ConnorDZG 4d ago

At first I thought "that sucks, he can't wear a hat" but then I realized he could still wear a visor.

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u/lncognitoErgoSum 3d ago

Imagine you meet a gentleman in a top hat. He takes the hat off to greet you, and you see there's a second head underneath it. Squinting at you through the monocle.

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u/chemistrybonanza 3d ago

Didn't you know that this is why top hats exist?

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u/Coffee-n-chardonnay 3d ago

New dating fear unlocked.

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u/trashfiremarshmallow 3d ago

Relevant username

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u/maybeCheri 3d ago

Hey, move This thing up, I can’t see. You don’t need to see, I can see for you. Yeah right. This hat doesn’t look good on us anyway. How can you tell, you can’t see? Watch out, you almost ran into the door! Shut up! You shut up! No you. You … Hey you two, knock it off! He started it. No way, he did. Don’t make me separ… wait, never mind. Not funny mom! Just take the hat off and be quiet.

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u/CableTrash 3d ago

why do you think visors were invented huh?

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u/titaniumjew 3d ago

God after he died his grave was desecrated and body was used as a gift.

Fuck the East India Company. Pure evil.

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u/cyanidesmile555 3d ago

Inexcusably evil. In life and death, he/they were props and a thing to be gawked at. Poor kid.

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u/MedTechSpurs 3d ago

“Today, the “Two-Headed Boy’s” skull is still on display at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of London.”

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u/dick-nipples 4d ago

You can barely notice…

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u/Wanderer-Wonderer 3d ago

The other head is on top of his head. Try squinting and unfocusing your eyes a bit.

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u/edooze 3d ago edited 3d ago

If you get it just right it's also a 3d sailboat.

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u/SweatyToerag 4d ago

You would say that, you said the exact same thing about your nipples.

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u/Lex4709 3d ago

I mean, if he wore a massive top hat no on would realise.

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u/LordNPython 3d ago

Being the second must have been a personal hell. You can't talk or do anything yet you are alive.

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u/MacroVoid 3d ago

I Have No Mouth Body, and I Must Scream

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u/greycubed 4d ago

WELL WHAT DID IT SAY

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u/iSpartacus89 3d ago

"I control you when you're sleeping"

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u/lindylindy 3d ago

“Where’d that fuckin boob go?”

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u/SithLordJediMaster 3d ago

Exactly this. What were the thoughts of the other person?

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u/Demonbratastic 3d ago

A sad thing to see tbh and from another persons comment it seemed the second head could act independent from the main one. Is it possible the second head had its own like sentience? That makes it even sadder to me because it’s like a living hell.

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u/suzuki_hayabusa 3d ago

You only feel hell when you can feel heaven. If bitter food is what you tasted all of your life than it won't be bitter for you

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u/Demonbratastic 3d ago

So do you think that IF it had sentience that the horror it felt at being just a head would be normal to him? Also a sad thought

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u/Wevvie 3d ago

He definitely would question the fact that everyone else, besides him, could speak, eat and had those things called "legs and arms". That they could do things on their own, not dependant on the "other head".

I can't affirm that he'd miss those things since he never experienced it, but eventually, he would realize he wouldn't get the most life has to offer due to these limitations

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u/cftxp 3d ago edited 3d ago

This is interesting. Apparently he and his head were considered to be conjoined rather than parasitic due to signs of a separate consciousness for the second head. Tragically, he died of a cobra bite when he was 4 years old.

Even more sad is that one instance of this same condition in the 21st century was met with an attempt to surgically remove the second head on top. This was a young girl in the Dominican Republic, but she died after surgery in Egypt due to repeated infections (although the surgery itself was a success).

Apparently, the two-headed boy of Bengal, otherwise, had no medical issues related to having the second head and so, had he not died of that cobra bite, he may have very well lived to adulthood.

As for the case in the 21st century, the surgery to remove the set of twins resulted in loss of her life, and it possibly would’ve been better for them to have kept the twins alive without that intervention.

Here’s the link.

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u/Spare_Joke_3052 3d ago

I got stuck on the fact that he died (at only 4 years old) from a snake bite. Not from his rare medical condition OR the fire he was thrown in to as a newborn...

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u/MyDickKilledEpstein 4d ago

This is some serious fucking nightmare fuel right here.

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u/ooo-f 4d ago

Two-headed boy All floating in glass The sun it has passed, now it's blacker than black....

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u/KeegorTheDestroyer 4d ago

I AM LISTENING TO HEAR WHERE YOU ARE

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u/axel12122003 3d ago

Two-headed boy

Put on Sunday shoes

And dance 'round the room to accordion keys

With the needle that sings in your heart

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u/clairvoyannce 3d ago

Yes thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of Neutral Milk Hotel.

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u/Ephemara 3d ago

I LOovE you jeeehSUS CHRIiiiSt

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u/cacatulaa 3d ago

Funnily enough I was listening to that song the moment I saw this post lol

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u/y0g1b3ar 4d ago

I would say and think the exact same fucking thing if my head had a head.

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u/Tongue8cheek 4d ago

You'd eventually end up having an argument with yourself and then you'd stop talking to yourself. - Happened to me once, been nearly 9 years since I last talked to myself. That asshole!

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u/redditpulledmebackin 4d ago

Fuck em, you are better off without him

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u/Dragoon113 4d ago

I wonder what that’s like? If they were capable of having a difference of opinion.

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u/Phil-McRoin 3d ago

Unfortunately the kid died at 4 from a snakebite. We'll never know if the twin was fully aware or not. It would have been a tough life for the one with a body regardless.

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u/HeatDeathIsNear 4d ago

Not exaggerating...this is the creepiest thing I've ever seen/read in my whole life, made me shiver.

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u/FLANPLANPAN 3d ago

I wonder if the second head was fully conscious but couldn't communicate because no lungs. imagine basically just being locked in your whole life.

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u/propjX 3d ago

It was rarely conscious

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u/daemonelectricity 3d ago

The fact that it was at all is enough.

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u/Awkward_Meaning_4782 3d ago

The experience of that mind/those minds is among the rarest experiences ever of any living thing

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u/ManaPot 4d ago

That is so fucking freaky. Omg. The voices in your head, are fucking REAL. I couldn't imagine living life with someone else's thoughts constantly going through my mind. Let alone the thoughts of a weird 2nd head growing out the top of my head. Omg yuuuuuuuuck.

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u/suzuki_hayabusa 3d ago

The second is thinking the same. It is not just an extended body part, it is another real person.

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u/AClassyTurtle 3d ago

Yeah I imagine the second head would be suffering constantly. It would be much worse than just being completely paralyzed

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u/Arctic_Gnome 3d ago

There are a pair of twins alive today who are joined at the brain. They can send thoughts to each other, and see out of each other's eyes.

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u/TheDunadan29 3d ago

That's frickin wild! I guess if you lived with it your whole life that would be normal, but man, having your brain connected to another brain to the point you could communicate directly is crazy!

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u/ZombieAbeVigoda 3d ago

Two-headed boy

All floating in glass

The sun it has passed, now it's blacker than black

I can hear as you tap on your jar

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u/OpsadaHeroj 3d ago

Imagine not only having a double head, but being the second one

What if your whole existence is trapped inside your brother’s head

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u/rhm54 3d ago

There is a modern day case of conjoined twins hearing each other’s thoughts.

https://metro.co.uk/2010/11/21/conjoined-twins-can-hear-each-others-thoughts-587109/

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u/TheDevilsAdvokaat 3d ago

It's not impossible.

There are conjoined twins in the US who have been studied and proved that they can communicate via mind.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-25/telepathic-communication-a-matter-of-time-hybrid-world-adelaide/10029312

Perhaps he really did hear thoughts from the other head.

For anyone interested in a story about this kind of thing, try reading "Brothers of the head" by Brian Aldiss...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_of_the_Head

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u/Xochtl 3d ago

Survives birth with two heads, being thrown into a fire, treated like an object, stolen, and then he dies from a freaking cobra!?!?

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u/quipalco 3d ago

Darkness imprisoning me

All that I see, absolute horror

I cannot live, I cannot die

Trapped in myself, body my holding cell

Childbirth has taken my sight

Taken my speech, taken my hearing

Taken my arms, taken my legs

Taken my soul, left me with life in Hell

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u/Woupsea 3d ago

God, the “life” of the secondary head must have been absolutely filled with terror from birth until death.

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u/craftpunk23 4d ago

Like malignant! I just saw that movie!

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u/realnicky2tymes 4d ago

Horror plot coming in 3..2..1..

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u/gurugulab6969 4d ago

Professor Quirrell....is that you?

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u/No-Expression-5040 3d ago

I wonder if this was the inspiration Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel used for the song.

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u/Phil12312 3d ago

Dual core processing power