Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tale of the tapes, the world's tallest men!!

Here we are talking about men who stood at 7 feet 5 inches or higher... no less..

Bao Xishun also known as Xi Shun or "The Big Guy") was born in 1951.

He is a herdsman from Inner Mongolia, China, who was recognized by Guinness World Records as one of the world's tallest living men.

Bao Xishun stands at 7 feet 9 inches or 2.36 metres!!!

Here Bao Xishun is seen posing with the the Star photographer based in Kuching, Sarawak, Rapaee Kawi or better known as Apai. Sadly Apai died on May 22, 2009. Rest in peace Apai.

Meanwhile Sultan Kösen, born 10 December 1982 in Mardin, Turkey is taller than Bao Xishun. He holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 2.51 metres or 8 feet 3 inches.

He is one of only thirteen individuals in medical history to be confirmed at a height of eight feet or more.

His growth has resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. His stature is such that he must use crutches in order to walk.

Sultan Kosen was unable to complete his schooling because of his extreme height, but works occasionally as a farmer to support his family. Sultan Kosen has three brothers and a sister, who are all normal-sized, but his rate of growth surged from the age of 10 because of a tumour which caused too much growth hormone to be released from his pituitary gland. The tumour was successfully removed in surgery and he was thought to have stopped growing in 2008.

He uses walking sticks and tires quickly if he is standing.

Lenoid Stadynk of Ukraine is infact taller than Sultan Kosen. Lenoid is 8 feet 5 inches tall and weighs a staggering 200 kg or 440 lbs!!!

Unfortunately, he was not officialy recognised by the Guiness Book of Record as the tallest man on earth because he refused to adhere to certain rules and regulations imposd by Guiness.

Previously at school, the Ukrainian was one of the smallest boys in his class and he used to be known to fellow pupils as 'titch'.

But his condition known as acromegalic gigantism, saw him grow so fast that suit trousers which once fitted him perfectly were 12 inches too short within two years.

He now sleeps on two beds joined together lengthwise, weighs nearly 32 stone, and has 17-inch feet.

His gargantuan palms measure more than a foot in diameter.

Despite persistent attempts by the Guinness Book of Records to officially measure him over the last three years, Stadnyk had always refused until he met London growth expert, Professor Michael Besser.

The towering giant who lives in Podoliantsi, a tiny village in Ukraine has called his height 'God's biggest punishment for me' and refuses to look in the mirror.

His extraordinary growth spurt started at the age of 14 after surgery on a benign brain tumour stimulated his pituitary gland, which is responsible for generating the hormones that boost growth.

But the tallest among them all is the late Robert Pershing Wadlow who stood at a conquering 8 feet 11.1 inches or 2.72 metres!!!!!!!!!

Robert Pershing Wadlow born February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois, USA was the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence.

Wadlow was sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois because he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois.

Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 metres) in height and weighed 485 lb (220 kg) at his death at age 22.

His great size and his continued growth in adulthood was due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone.

He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death due to infection on July 15 1940 at the young age of 22 years old.

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