Ever hear of the man who walked upside down? The guano mummy? The four-ton Chinese giant? The disembodied singing head of Anthropoglossos? Whenever a mysterious curiosity arrived in Victorian London, people knew there was one man who would always be at the scene: Frank Buckland. A barrel-chested surgeon chomping an ever-present cigar, Buckland was one of the most outsized eccentrics of his time -- a naturalist who seriously proposed kangaroo-and yak-ranching in England, and a raconteur whose home was filled with a freakish array of stuffed animals, grinning skulls, and an all-too-alive gang of monkeys that snatched food off visitors' dinner plates. Rescued after a century of obscurity, and culled from thousands of pages of Buckland's eyewitness accounts, Curious Men rediscovers 18 tales from one of the most curious men of all.
Paperback, 256 pages, published 2008, san francisco