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11 of the World's Most Famous Midgets

There's a good chance of spotting someone of short stature while out celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, as local bars such as Giligin's in Scottsdale (home to Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget) have a tendency to hire little people to don leprechaun costumes to enliven their parties.

Such roles for those with dwarfism is nothing new, as little people have been used -- and often exploited -- for entertainment value as a sideshow or human oddity for centuries, dating to the days of P.T. Barnum's freak fests and as far back as medieval times.

Many little people believe such things (and the term "midget" itself) are grossly offensive, while others not only have embraced their size but have used it to springboard into success in the entertainment industry, like many of the 11 people making up out list of the world's most famous midgets.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.