The Human Pretzels in 1944 (Otherwise Known as the Ross Sisters)

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The Ross Sisters were a trio of female sibling singing dancers consisting of Aggie Ross, Elmira Ross, and Maggie Ross, (whose real names were Veda Victoria, Dixie Jewel and Betsy Ann Ross).

The Ross Sisters performed as a 3-part harmony trio, in which they also danced and did acrobatics and contortionism.

Their public attention peaked during the 1940s, during which they were featured prominently in the film Broadway Rhythm.

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The crazy contortionism really begins about a minute in. The still photos don’t do it justice.

Fair warning, though – be sure to turn the audio down or your brain will probably be possessed by Azathoth. Or a potato salad. One of the two.

Via ElvaLives on YouTube.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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