Tim Hillman

Published: October 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Dr. Couney's story is a fascinating piece of history that I'd never come across before. It's sad that advances in science and medicine had to be sometimes treated as sideshow displays during that era, but when you consider that there was no television and limited radio let alone anything like the internet back then, it makes sense in a strange way.

Thank you for this interesting article, Derek. You did a great job of tying together history, theme parks, and societal change!

Annette Forrest

Published: October 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Great article!!! Hope it is a series. It was so interesting and a fun read on a Sunday morning. Keep up the great work!!!
Phil B.

Published: October 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Fascinating article, and a really interesting story. Great job!
KJ Simpson

Published: October 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

This is so interesting- I've never heard anything about this before. This is the kind of piece that makes me want to do some research. Thank you!!
Jonah Sirota

Published: October 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Educate, entertain, inspire. That's it right there.
Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: October 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Awesome article Derek! I have always been a big fan of history and this was very interesting. It is amazing how far we have come medically and theme park wise.
Jeffrey H

Published: October 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

That was such a unique and fascinating article. Absolutely one of the best I've ever read on this site, even. Great work!
Tony Perkins

Published: October 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

That was a fascinating read and made me hungry for more. You should write a book about this if someone else hasn't already. Could imagine a movie being made of this story, it has the elements for a great narrative.
Joseph Catlett

Published: October 21, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Excellent, excellent post!
This bit of medical/amusement history was also featured on a few episodes of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE as one of the attractions on the Atlantic City boardwalk. It was great to read this information which most people, myself included, would never know about.
James Rao
Writer

Published: October 21, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Very interesting! Where do you dig up these fossils, Derek???
O T

Published: October 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Great article. Thanks for sharing it with us.
James Trexen

Published: October 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Great to see you back Derek. Speaking of digging up fossils, where's that trip report Rao you lazy bum?
Derek Potter
Writer

Published: October 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Thanks everyone. I read about the incubator attractions some years ago and was always fascinated by the story. Another little factoid I left out...one of the carnival barkers for a time was a young and hungry actor by the name of Archibald Leach...later known around the world as Cary Grant. He hated the job because he didn't like crowds. I guess we all have to start somewhere right.

Again thanks for the kind words and stay tuned for more.

James Rao
Writer

Published: October 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

@James Working on it... after taking three weeks off from work there is a lot of catching up to do... plus I have a very sick friend I am unexpectedly visiting in the DC area... hard to find time to finalize the report, but I should have it by this weekend. Not that it will be worth the wait, but at least it will be done!