Guinness Book Of World Records

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DIMENSIONS

Tallest Men

The true height of human giants is frequently obscured by exaggeration and commercial dishonesty.

The only admissible evidence on the actual height of giants is that collected in this century under impartial medical supervision.

Unfortunately, medical papers themselves are not blameless in including fanciful, as opposed to measured, heights.

The assertion that Goliath of Gath fe. 1060 sc) stood 6 cubits and a span (9 ft 6 in) suggests a confusion of units of some over-enthusiastic exaggeration by the Hebrew chroniclers.

The Hebrew historian Flavius Josephus (b 37 or 38 AD, dc. 100 an) and some of the manuscripts of the Septuagint attribute to Goliath the wholly credible height of 4 Greek cubits and a span (6 ft 10 in).

Modern opinion is that the tallest recorded man of whom there is irrefutable evidence was the pre-acromegalic giant Robert Pershing Wadlow, born at 6:30 a.m in Alton. l. on

Feb 22, 1918. Weighing 8½ lb at birth, his abnormal growth started at the age of 2, following a double hernia operation. At the age of 9 he was able to carry his father. Harold (d Sept 1967).

Dr. C. M. Charles, Associate Professor of Anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, and Dr. Cyril MacBryde measured him at 8 ft 11.1 in, on June 27, 1940.

He died 18 days later, at 1:30 a.m. on July 15, 1940, in Manistee, Mich, as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle, caused by a poorly fitted brace.

Because of his rapid growth. Wadlow had limited feeling in his legs. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, 111, in a coffin measuring 10 ft 9 in length. 32 in wide, and 30 in deep.

His greatest recorded weight was 491 I or his 21st birthday. He weighed 439 lb at the time of death. His shoes were size 37AA (18) in long) and his hands measured 124 in from the wrist to the top of the middle finger.

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