THE WOMAN WITH A HORN

Chinese citizen Zhang Ruifang is 101 years-old, a grandmother many times over, and could put your eye out with the four inch horn on her forehead.  Such growths are generally cutaneous horns, which are composed of the same substance as fingernails, called keratin.

The growth doesn't cause Zhang any pain and it even appears as if she is growing another one on the left side of her head.  She has even joked that she can't wait to have a matching set.

Zhang has refused all offers to have the horn removed.

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These types of horns, while rare, are not unheard of.  As a matter of fact, another Chinese man known only as Wang sported a 14 inch horn that grew from the back of his head.  This made him famous for a time when a Russian banker snapped a picture of him.  Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe it or Not! even offered a cash reward to anyone who could produce Wang, but the man was never heard of again.

Today, horned human beings are practically non existent. There have been very few cases in the last one hundred years with modern medicine likely diagnosing and eliminating the situation before it grows into a real problem. Still, the occasional case does crop up.

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