Friday, April 17, 2009

Giants

James G. Mundie (featured in last post) has sketched and photographed at the Mütter Museum, which has a "Kentucky Giant" (7' 6") to rival the Hunterian Museum's "Irish Giant" (7' 7"). But Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940), the "Alton Giant," was - and still is - the medically-documented tallest man to ever live at 8' 11". Below is a sampling of other record-breakers:

Leonid Stadnyk (1971- )
Ukraine
8' 4" (or 7' 6")
World's tallest living person, according to the Guiness Book of World Records 2009.
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Sandy Allen (1955-2008)
U.S.A.
7' 7"
Tallest woman in the world during her lifetime, according to Guiness since 1976.
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George Bell (1957- )
U.S.A.
7' 8"
Recognized as tallest American by Guiness in 2007.
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Zhao Liang (1982- )
China
8'
Possibly the world's tallest living man, but not yet verified by Guiness.
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Bao Xishun (1951- )
China
7' 9"
Confirmed as world's tallest living man by Guiness in 2007...and called upon to save two dolphins at the Royal Jidi Ocean World Aquarium by reaching down their throats with his 3-foot arm to remove plastic they had swallowed!

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