P. T. Barnum’s top four exhibits were:
General Tom Thumb, a midget, whose real name was Charles Sherwood Stratton;
Jumbo, an extremely large elephant bought from the London Zoo;
the FeeJee Mermaid, a female orangutan sewed to the body of a salmon;
and the famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, who were joined at the chest.
Visit the P. T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut for more fascinating oddities.
Barnum is erroneously credited with coining the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute.”