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November 28, 2022

Thomas Wedders, the Yorkshireman With the World’s Longest Nose

Thomas Wedders, also known as Thomas Wadhouse, born in Yorkshire, England, circa 1730, was a performer in various circus sideshows in the mid-18th century. Wedders is chiefly known for having the world’s longest nose, allegedly measuring 7.5 inches (19 cm) long.

Beyond his unusual appearance, little is known about Wedders’s life. Articles of the period remarked that he appeared to be intellectually disabled (referring to him as “an idiot”) owing to an unknown condition, perhaps related to his unusual facial deformity. He died around 1780 in Yorkshire, at either 50 or 52 years of age.

Guinness World Records gave him the posthumous title of “World’s Largest Nose.” A wax reproduction of his head resides in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum.

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