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Robert Wadlow - Worlds Tallest Man



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* Alton Musuem of History and Art page for Robert Wadlow
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Wikipedia Article:


Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) was the tallest person recorded in modern times. Wadlow reached 272 cm (8 ft 11.1 in) in height and 490 pounds (222 kg) in weight before his death at the age of 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to a tumor within his pituitary gland.

Wadlow was born to Harold Franklin and Addie (Johnson) Wadlow in Alton, Illinois on February 22, 1918, at the weight of 8 pounds, 6 ounces (3.80 kg) and normal height. He was the oldest of five children; his younger siblings were Helen Ione, Eugene Harold, Betty Jean, and Harold Franklin II. His height grew normally until he was four years old. He started attracting attention due to his rapid growth when all his four siblings grew at a more normal speed. By the age of eight, he was 6 feet (182 cm) tall. At ten, he was 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) and 220 pounds (100 kg). At the age of 14, he became the world's tallest Boy Scout at the height of 7 ft 4 in (224 cm), averaging an annual growth of four additional inches per year since birth; at that time he wore size 25 shoes. At 16, Wadlow was 7 feet 10.5 inches (240 cm) tall and weighed 365 pounds (166 kg). At 17, he weighed nearly 400 pounds (180 kg) and was 8 feet 1.5 inches (248 cm) tall. By age 18, Wadlow had grown to be 8 ft 4 in (254 cm) and weigh 390 pounds (177 kg); his size 37AA shoes (about 19.3 inches or 49.0 cm), provided to him free of charge, cost US$100 a pair, or about US$1400 in present-day inflation-adjusted dollars. In 1936, after graduating from Alton High School, he enrolled in Shurtleff College with the intention of studying law. By 1937, Wadlow had exceeded all previous recorded human heights. At 19, he was 8 ft 6 in (260 cm) and weighed 435 pounds (197 kg). However, his size began to take its toll: he required leg braces to walk, and had little sensation in his legs and feet. At 21, he reached 8 ft 8.5 in (265 cm) tall. On his 22nd birthday, he was 491 pounds (223 kg) and 8 ft 9.5 in (268 cm) tall.

In his time, Wadlow was among the most popular of American celebrities; he was well-known due to his 1936 U.S. tour with the Ringling Brothers Circus and his 1938 promotional tour with the International Shoe Company. He continued participating in various tours and public appearances until his death.

On July 4, 1940, Wadlow was hospitalized in Manistee, Michigan while making a professional appearance at the National Forest Festival in Manistee; a faulty brace had irritated his ankle, causing a blister and bad infection. Doctors treated him with blood transfusions and emergency surgery but his fever only worsened. On July 14, his condition was said to be "very grave" and he was using a feeding tube. His temperature never dropped below 106 °F (41 °C) during that day. At 12:40 pm on July 15, 1940, he died in his sleep. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in upper Alton on July 19. His half-ton casket required a dozen pallbearers and eight other men to carry. On the day of his funeral, all city businesses were closed out of respect. Around 40,000 people attended his funeral that day.


In 1985, a life-size bronze statue of Wadlow was erected at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. To this day he is still affectionately known as the "Gentle Giant".

He is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest person.
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11:03 PM

I'm sure this is going to sound really cruel, but really tall people like this really freak me out.
It's as if they are unnatural.
Everything gets warpped -- Their face, their voice, their body structure.
Really, I think we need to take anyone over 6'5" and just dump them on "gaint island" so the rest of society can be at peace and they can have can celebrate their "gifted height" by eatting goats.    



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