One of the most unique things about American Horror Story: Freakshow is its use of living "freaks" (I don’t like that word, but it’s pertinent to the topic). The people with physical deformities who star in the show are quite amazing people.
Mat Fraser was born with an extremely rare congenital disorder known as phocomelia. He was born with both arms being malformed after his mother taking prescribed thalidomide during her pregnancy.
"Phocomelia" means "seal-like limbs". The first recorded person with the disorder was Polish-American Stanislaus Berent, who was born in 1901 and died in 1980 aged 78-79. He performed in many freak shows, including the World Circus Sideshow in 1941 under the name of Sealo the Seal Boy (often stylized to just Sealo). Mat Fraser’s 2001 play Sealboy: Freak debuted in 2001. It was inspired by Berent’s life, but also referenced Mat’s own experiences.
There are many more of these extra ordinary artists on the American Horror Story FX channel at Youtube, including Ben Woolf who plays Meep and suffers from pituitary dwarfism, Jyoti Amge (Ma Petite) has achondroplasia and is the world’s smallest living woman, and Rosa Siggins (Legless Suzi) who was born with sacral agenesis, among others.
When you listen to their stories you realise just how remarkable they really are and how lucky you are. AHS: Freakshow is (or will be) an eye-opener for those close-minded, ignorant people who segregate "freaks" because of their deformities and because they’re different.
American Horror Story: Freakshow premieres tonight on FX at 10pm. After so much hype, the show is finally here.
Now, I’m a huge fan of AHS and haven’t missed an episode, so I’m really looking forward to watching the series. In fact, according to an article in the Daily Mail, the season premiere reached a record 10 million viewers. FX has, therefore, already confirmed a fifth season without question, scheduled now for October 2015.
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The online store is moving back to its original store location due to a rethink about PF’s overall "business model", the details of which are currently being finalised and should be implemented at the beginning of next month.
Although I’m not able to write as many ebooks for the store as I’d like, there will be more products and services available. This includes selected affiliate websites, which we’ve tried and tested and which we deem to be top quality. Tina (my other half and co-owner of Paranormal Footprints and I will be offering several of our services online and will begin our classes most likely in the New Year.
Paranormal Footprints is being restructured slightly to improve overall performance and to make way for some new ideas, including expanding the PF "business model".
The restructure is prompted by the recent issue with spam on the site, so this means tightening security has become a top priority.
Paranormal Footprints also has its own SSL Certificate, but due to unforeseen circumstances at the time, certain incompatibilities arose and it’s having to be re-addressed. Next month, the blogsite will also move to another host (actually, it’s the same host but a different account attached to the primary one).
As far as blogsite updates and the "business model" is concerned, I’ve been negotiating with other affiliate companies to be able to sell some of their products directly from the Paranormal Footprints Store. This also depends on registering for a tax code and forecasting earnings outside Personal Allowance. Talking of the store, this will revert to its original subdomain due to the protection that CloudFlare allows and this will eventually be covered by an SSL Certificate.
Over the next few days, the mailing system (email address, contact form, etc.) will also be restructured, with additional measures to prevent further spamming in place.
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