In the pleasure gardens at Blackpool before the war you could pay sixpence to see a five-legged calf, a two-headed hen, midgets and the Rector of Stiffkey, in cages. Apart from the clergyman, who had been involved in a lurid court case, these exhibits are exactly the sort of thing it would be appropriate to cite if one were seeking to explain the meaning of the expression lusus naturae (sport of nature) by examples.
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