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• Chang and Eng were conjoined twins born in Siam (now called Thailand) in 1811. They were joined at the chest by a strip of skin and cartilage that measured about 5 inches long by 3 inches tall and 2 inches deep. Both Chang and Eng had otherwise normal bodies, but that strip kept them in a perpetual embrace for their entire lives. Early in their lives, they faced each other as if hugging, but as they grew, the bridge became • In 1843 Chang and Eng married fraternal twin sisters more elastic, allowing each of them to face forward. in a double wedding. Their firstborn children were born just six days apart, and they went on to father 21 • Their father died in an epidemic, and their mother children. They began touring again to earn money to kept them busy running a business raising and sellraise their families, and were even employed by P.T. ing ducks. But all that changed when they were spotBarnum for a while. The end of the Civil War brought ted by a Scottish boat captain, who paid their mother them financial troubles, not only because their for$500 for the privilege of bringing the boys to the U.S. tune was largely tied up in now-worthless Confederin 1829. They were just 17 years old and spoke no ate currency, but also because their slaves were set English when they were put on display for the first free. So they took to the road once again. time, touring the U.S., England and Europe. They astonished audiences with their physical feats of athleti- • Chang was a heavy drinker whereas Eng was not. In cism. 1870, Change suffered a stroke which left him par-

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