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Schlitze (Pinhead)

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The Resume

    (1881-1961)
    Birth name was Simon Metz
    AKA Schlitzie - Nickname was The Pinhead
    Acted in 'The Sideshow (1928),' 'Freaks (1932),' 'Tomorrow's Children (1934)' and 'Meet Boston Blackie (1941)'
    Suffered from microcephaly, a birth defect which produced a smaller than normal cranium

Why he might be annoying:

    Even though he was a man, P.T. Barnum put him in a dress and exhibited him as 'Maggie, the last of the Aztecs.'
    He was thought to have 'personal hygiene' problems and wearing a dress would make it easier for him to use the toilet. This was later dispelled as a myth.
    He was exploited in the films he appeared in because he didn't have mental capacity to know any different.
    He went by a presumptuous single name.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He had a higher than normal intellect for a microcephalic.
    His sister also suffered from the defect.
    He had a keen sense of humor and a likable personality.
    After 30 years as a freak, he was put into an institution, where his health began to fade. A Canadian promoter heard of his plight, rescued him and got him gigs until he died of natural causes at the age of 80.

Credit: Scar Tactics


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 6 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 52.17% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 19 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 77 Votes: 66.23% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 35 Votes: 45.71% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 28 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 75 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 132 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 492 Votes: 46.34% Annoying