Historical Figure Dubbed 'Elephant Man' For His Long Nose

Have you ever wondered who has the longest nose in human history? Then then, perhaps you did at one point in your life as well. On the internet in November 2022, there was a picture of a man with a long nose. And while it could appear that the image has been altered, we can assure you that it hasn't. It's a wax figurine, I suppose. In actuality, it's a wax replica. However, the perpetrator did in fact once exist. But who is the man in the picture really?

Mehmet zyürek, a 73-year-old Turk, holds the record for having the longest recorded nose on a living individual. His nose was 8.8 cm long (3.55 inches).

Zyürek asserted that he possessed a keener sense of smell than other individuals.

"For instance, when I enter my home... I can identify which food is done right away," he claimed to Guinness World Records in 2021. Zyürek can even use his nose to blow up a balloon.

On social media, though, you may have seen a man with the longest nose. There has been a resurgence in curiosity about the man who created the wax replica thanks to the Historic Vids Twitter account, which posted a picture of the man's wax figure discovered at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. Thomas Wedders is the man, I suppose.

Historic Vids published a single image that quickly gained popularity and more than 120,000 Twitter likes.

Let's now learn more about Wedders.

Thomas Wedders, also known as Thomas Wadhouse, was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1730, and was posthumously acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the owner of the world's largest nose. Yes, it purportedly had a length of 7.5 inches (19 cm).

However, it wasn't quite obvious what had caused his facial malformation. In the middle of the 18th century, he entertained crowds by participating in numerous circus sideshows.

Wedders' precise age of death is unknown, however he is believed to have been between 50 and 52 at the time. Also unknown is the the year of his passing, but Yorkshire is said to have been the location.

Additionally, there is no information about his cause of death.

In a Reddit discussion, Wedders was compared to an elephant man. However, there were many who doubted the size of Wedders' nose in reality. "Did he report himself at 7.5 inches? We all know it was just 6 inches at most, if that's the case," one person said. Another user said, "Pff how are they measuring, from base to tip?"

In 1896, a story about Wedders appeared in The Strand Magazine, along with an illustration showing his nose. As a result, according to the Strand Magazine story, "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 of Europe."

However, either his chin was too weak, his brow was too low, or Nature had spent so much time creating this prodigy's nose that she had forgotten to give him brains; or perhaps the nose had blocked out this latter attribute.

"In any case, we are informed that this Yorkshireman passed away, nose and all, just as he had lived, in a mental state best characterized as the most abject idiocy."

He loved to make people laugh, but they also referred to him as an "idiot" because they thought he had intellectual disabilities. Truly heartbreaking
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