Thought for the day

"The executive power in our government is not the only, perhaps not even the principal, object of my solicitude. The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared, and will continue to be so for many years to come. The tyranny of the executive power will come in its turn, but at a more distant period." -- Thomas Jefferson, Democracy in America

Joseph Merrick was born on August 5, 1862, in Leicester, England, to two working-class parents. He was probably a healthy child, a relief to his mother, who lost two of her four children to disease in infancy. However, things changed when Merrick approached the age of five, when his lips began to swell and he developed large bumps on his forehead that were hard, often said to look like elephant skin. Over time, his right hand also began to grow larger and bumpier, with similarly rough and thick skin. Although other school children abandoned him, his mother noticed him and did her best to save him from the cruelty of the world. Sadly, he had his own disability which was not properly recorded at the time and died when Merrick was only 11 years old.