14. Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates

Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates

Imagine being so different from the rest your only hope of solace is to share your life with someone just like you.

That was probably the argument that pushed Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates to marry, a ceremony that mortified the ones who feared this was the first step towards a new race of giants.
19th-century newspapers called them the Giants of the Hills, but their existence was much more than a freak show. Their friendly nature made them most wanted wherever they traveled.

As for their ceremony, it took place in London and recorded an impressive attendance. Queen Victoria offered each a custom-made pocket watch, a gift worth $1,000,000.

What is even more remarkable about the Bates is that they lived long and healthy lives, something rather unusual for people suffering from gigantism. They commissioned a house and furniture built to accommodate their proportions.

We know what goes through your mind. Unfortunately, the historical records share no details of the things happening in the family bedroom. Can you imagine Anna and Martin living in today’s tabloid world?

Anna Swan and Martin Van Buren Bates

If you think India is the only place where women marry dogs you are in for a huge surprise.