"The Elephant Man" is the nickname given to Joseph Merrick, a 19th century sideshow artist, who suffered from a horrible condition that deformed his entire face and body.
His life story was turned into the motion picture "The Elephant Man" (1980), directed by David Lynch.
In 1987 Michael Jackson was said to have shown interest into buying the skeleton of the Elephant Man. This story attracted a lot of media attention, but it was actually untrue.
“Do we really want to know how Michael Jackson makes his music? No. We want to understand why he needs the bones of Elephant Man -- and, until he tells us, it doesn't make too much difference whether or not he really is bad.' ( Frank Zappa in The Real Frank Zappa Book)