This week marks the 205th birthday of Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous conjoined twins from Siam (thus the phrase 'Siamese Twins') whose appearance led to them becoming global superstars. Further adding to their legend is how they sired a total of 21 children -- they married sisters -- and managed to maintain separate lives through what must have been extraordinarily arduous interpersonal negotiation. They died in 1874 at the age of 62. The Bunker twins were so renowned during their lifetimes that Mark Twain even wrote a short story about them, Personal Habits of the Siamese Twins, from which the following is excerpted:
The lives of the Bunkers continues to resonate throughout Philadelphia, with the Mütter Museum having both their shared liver and a plaster mold of their torsos on display.
Will the world ever know the likes of such men again?