One can argue for a long time about whether being tall is an advantage or not. On the one hand, it seems that such people have a direct road to professional sports (basketball, volleyball). But do not forget about the many everyday inconveniences that accompany people over 2 meters tall. The history of the giants suggests that the very best do not go in for sports, and this is even contraindicated for them – abnormal growth is inevitably accompanied by health problems. As a result, few of these bigwigs live to see their 30th birthday. We will not only tell you about the tallest people in history, but also show their photographs showing the known recorded height.
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Gabriel Monjane. 245.7 cm
This giant was born in Africa, in Mozambique, in 1944. He lived only 46 years old. Gabriel was accurately measured – he reached a height of 245.7 cm and weighed 190 kg at the same time. Such parameters affected the condition of the legs – they were very painful for the man, as a result of which he often fell and even broke his rib. Such growth did not leave him a chance for an ordinary profession – the black giant had to perform in the circus, where the giant was presented as 265 cm.
But this was just a marketing step. In 1988, it was Gabriel Monyane who was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest man on Earth. And the cause of his death was another fall – Gabriel died of a traumatic brain injury, having fallen, most likely, from the stairs.
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Brahim Takioullah. 246.3 cm
Brahim was born in 1982 in Morocco, and after reaching the age of 13, he suddenly began to grow rapidly. Once it was measured three times a day and each time the results were different. As a result, the Moroccan grew to 246 centimeters, but got into the Guinness Book of Records as the owner of the longest feet with an indicator of 38.1 centimeters.
Now Brahim Takiolah lives alternately in Morocco, then in France, participates in various shows, is filmed and photographed with those who wish.
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Patrick Cotter O’Brien. 246.3 cm
The life of this huge Irishman was very interesting. Patrick was born in 1760. By the age of 19, he had grown to 232 centimeters. This did not stop Patrick from starting work at a brick factory. But the big guy’s father saw in him an opportunity to get rich quickly, simply by selling to the local baroness for three years. She also appreciated its financial potential, reselling it profitably to the circus. The guy tried to terminate the bonded contract, but lost the court. Fortunately for Patrick, a certain well-wisher was found who paid the compensation. The giant was finally free, but did not forget its benefactor. Later, having become rich, Cotter paid back his debt.
Until 1782, the giant lived off performances in the theater of wonders. In 1786, the Irishman even got married, his wife was a German woman Christina Dinz. But at the end of his life, Dr.William Gunther began to annoy him, who begged a huge man to bequeath a skeleton to him. But Patrick did not like the idea that his remains would be put on public display. Sensing the approach of death, the giant agreed with the fisherman to bury the body at sea. And on September 8, 1806, 14 men carried the coffin to the ship. This spectacle was watched by 2,000 people, including the ubiquitous Gunther. The doctor bribed the fisherman, he installed a buoy at the burial place. So the surgeon was able to get hold of an unusual body. And after the death of Gunther, his entire collection, including the skeleton of Patrick Cotter, went to the Royal Society of Surgeons in London.
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Morteza Mehrzad Selakjani. 246.4 cm
Morteza was born in 1987 in northern Iran, where he lives today. The Iranian has been tall since childhood, reaching 190 centimeters by the age of 16. But then he received a fateful injury – he injured his pelvis when falling from a bicycle. After that, the guy’s body began to grow rapidly. But at the same time, the left leg began to grow much faster than the right. As a result, the difference in their length was 15 centimeters!
Doctors made an accurate diagnosis of this phenomenon – acromegaly. And Merzad himself, thanks to his height, became famous. Today he is the third highest inhabitant of the planet.
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Julius Koch. 246.7 cm
During his lifetime, this German was nicknamed Konstantin the Giant. His exact height remained a mystery, because the giant eventually removed both legs due to gangrene. But Julius himself claimed to have grown to 259 centimeters. After his death, doctors opened the body and found an unnaturally developed pituitary gland, which was larger than a walnut in size. This led to the abnormal growth of a man who died at only 30 years old. Today the skeleton of Julius Koch can be seen in the Natural History Museum in Belgium.
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Zeng Jinlian. 248.5 cm
Among the tall people there was a place for a woman. The Chinese woman is officially considered the tallest representative of her sex. True, her height of 248.5 centimeters is not a fact that she is accurate – a strong curvature of the spine prevented Jin-lian from straightening up. For a whole year, a Chinese woman was generally considered the tallest person in the world. She was born in 1964, and her rapid growth began at the age of 4 months.
By the age of 4, she had grown to 156 centimeters, which is considered normal growth for the adults of her compatriots. At the age of 13, she reached 217 centimeters, and the length of her palms was 25 centimeters. But Tseng Jin-lian died at only 17 years old.
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Vikas Kumar Uppal. 248.5 cm
This man was born in India in 1986, becoming the tallest resident of his country. Its official height was 248.5 cm, but in 2004, the Tribune announced that Appalo had reached the 251 cm mark and continued to grow.
A year and a half later, it was reported that the Indian had grown another 17 centimeters. His feet were 50 centimeters long and his palms were 33 centimeters long. The overgrowth was caused by a tumor in the brain. The doctors tried to fix it with an operation, but it was unsuccessful. The tall Indian died at the age of 21.
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Bernard Coyne. 248.9 cm
A native of America grew to 248.9 centimeters, but according to some unreliable data, his height at the time of death was generally 254 centimeters. When Coyne was drafted into the army in 1918, his personal card recorded a height of 236 centimeters. Such anthropometric data became the reason for refusing to accept a man for service. And at 25 US foot size, there would hardly be a standard shoe.
Doctors diagnosed Coyne’s syndrome – eunuch-like gigantism. A man died in 1921 at the age of 24, and he had to be buried in a specially made coffin.
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Don Koehler. 248.9 cm
This American did not shy away from fame, becoming one of the most famous giants in the world. Interestingly, Don had a twin sister, but her height was 175 centimeters. And the parents were not much above average – the father was 188 cm, and the mother was 178 cm. The brother and sister even got into the Guinness Book of Records as twins with the maximum difference in height, she was 74 centimeters.
At the very same Don, accelerated growth began at the age of 10. In total, the giant lived 55 years, having died in 1981. Heart failure was the cause of his death. Towards the end of his life he suffered from a terrible curvature of the spine. Because of this, the height of the man decreased to 239 centimeters.
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Sultan Kösen. 251 cm
It is this man who is currently considered the tallest man in the world. He was born in 1982. The Sultan’s growth reached 251 centimeters, which is associated with a pituitary tumor. But in 2010, the problem was eliminated with the help of radiotherapy and hormone therapy. This stopped the man’s growth and gave him a chance for a normal life. True, he could not finish school, but he became a farmer. In 2013, the Sultan got married, his wife barely reaches his elbow. The giant himself even finds some advantages in his position – he easily reaches the branches of tall trees, twists light bulbs without a stepladder. But the Sultan can only move with the help of crutches.
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Edouard Beaupré, 251 cm
The Canadian was born in 1881. As a child, he was of average height, but at the age of 7 he began to grow rapidly. By the age of 12, Edouard reached 2 meters and left school. Life on the ranch with his father did not attract the guy – he began to demonstrate his talents, bending bars and raising horses. Beaupre chose the path of a circus artist, even participating in wrestling matches.
In the Barnum and Bailey troupe, he was to become a real star. But just a couple of days after signing the contract, the giant died due to complications from tuberculosis. But even Edouard’s body served the entertainment industry – the embalmed corpse was put on display, and in the end it ended up in the window of the University of Montreal.
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Väinö Myllyrinne. 251.4 cm
But this Finn’s growth did not prevent him from going to serve in the army. So he became the tallest soldier in history. At 21, Wayno’s height was 222 centimeters. From 1961 to 1963, Wayno was also considered the tallest in the world. The span of his arms reached 4 meters.
The man’s body grew constantly, and not in leaps and bounds, until the age of 40, and then began to gradually decrease. Wayno Müllirinne died in 1963 at the age of 54, at that time his height was 251.4 centimeters.
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Leonid Stadnik. 253 cm
In an ordinary Zhytomyr village in 1970, this record holder was born. His abnormal growth began at age 12 after undergoing brain surgery. It led to a pituitary tumor and subsequent acromegaly. But Leonid even graduated from college and worked as a veterinarian. For a time, the man was considered the tallest in the world. But in 2008 the high-profile title of the Ukrainian was taken away – he refused new measurements by independent judges. Leonid himself explained this by his modesty and unwillingness to publicly pay attention to him. He moved around the house with difficulty, and received help from businessmen and even from President Yushchenko. The giant died at the age of 44 from cerebral hemorrhage. In recent years, Leonid has grown by 2-3 centimeters a year, but no one wanted to correct the official data.
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Traintier Keever (Trijntje Keever), 254 cm
It is likely that it was she who was the tallest woman in all documented history. Treintier was born into the family of a Dutch sailor in 1616. The girl grew quickly, which allowed her to even clean the roof gutter without stairs.
And parents showed this natural wonder for money at exhibitions. In the documents, there was a mention of the maid of honor of the Bohemian queen about a nine-year-old girl two meters tall. During the next fair, Treintier died, she was only 17 years old. A full-length portrait of the Great Virgin can be seen at the branch of the Eden Museum.
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John F Carroll. 264 cm
The place in the rating of this person can be challenged, because he suffered from severe curvature of the spine. This greatly interfered with the accurate measurement of a person’s height. As a child, John was an ordinary child, but at the age of 16 he began to actively grow. They say that in some months it grew by 15 centimeters at once. This immediately led to problems with the back and joints – movement became very difficult. Officially, John’s height was recorded at around 264 centimeters. Attempts to cure the giant were unsuccessful. John’s death came in 1969, when he was only 36 years old.
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John Rogan (John Rogan), 264 cm
The exact date of the birth of this African American is unknown, it is approximately between 1865-1868. The son of a former slave began to grow at the age of 13, which did not stop until his death. At the time of the last measurement, the height was 259 centimeters. It is interesting that with such a huge growth, John’s weight was small – only 79 kilograms. By the age of 20, he developed serious joint problems, which is why he could walk on crutches at first, and then made himself a cart led by goats.
A black man made a living by selling postcards with his portrait. In general, the audience loved the harmless giant, who also had a low voice and was very cheerful. But John categorically refused performances in the circus. The cause of his death in 1905 was ankylosis.
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Robert Wadlow, 272 cm
According to the Guinness Book of Records, this American became the tallest man in the world in history. Until the age of 4, Robert was an ordinary boy, but then suddenly he began to grow rapidly, which did not stop until his death. It came at 22 years old, in 1940. By that time, Wadlow had reached a mark of 272 cm, and weighed 199 kg. At the same time, the parents of the record holder, like his brothers and sisters, were of average height. Despite his impressive size, Robert led an active lifestyle – he graduated from high school, entered the university, planning to become a lawyer. And he earned his living performing in the circus.
In it, the giant traveled all over America on tour. So the country recognized him. Large growth led to problems with joints and spine – I had to walk only on crutches. As a result of rubbing the leg, an infection got into the wound, and sepsis led to the death of Robert. His funeral was attended by 40 thousand people. The half-ton coffin, at the request of the parents, was filled with concrete to prevent looting. And the monument to the tallest man in history was twice as high as everyone else in the cemetery.
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Fedor Makhnov, 254-282 cm
A native of Vitebsk Province, according to some sources, he can be considered the tallest man in history. He was born in 1878, already in his youth he reached a height of 2.5 meters. But after 16 years, Fedor continued to grow, so he could add another 30 centimeters. Makhnov weighed 182 kg and was distinguished by remarkable strength. For a time, the giant toured with the circus around the world and even met with President Roosevelt. But in the end, Fedor settled in his native land in the village. Efrosinya Lebedeva, 215 cm tall, became his wife.
The couple had five children, but none of them even grew up to two meters. Makhnov died at 34, most likely from a lung disease. And although his wife wanted to point out his “real” height on the giant’s grave, the idea failed. And the modern analysis of Makhnov’s photographs with well-known objects leads to conclusions about a height of 240 cm. Most likely, the record figures were invented for commercial purposes.
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Giant from Castelnau, up to 3.5 m
The further one sinks into the depths of history, the more vivid, but also hardly provable stories can be found there. In 1890, during the excavations of the Bronze Age cemetery of Castelnau-les-Lesz in France, three bone fragments were found: the humerus, fibula and tibia. In the journal Le Nature, anthropologist de Lapouge described the find. The huge bones were unquestionably human. But, based on the anatomy of our body, the height of the prehistoric giant should have been 3.5 meters!
The bones of the giant from Castelnau were also studied by other anthropologists, who just threw up their hands and recognized the remains as belonging to a certain representative of a very high race. Interestingly, in a couple of years, huge skulls with bones were discovered 5 kilometers from that place. The remains also belonged to people from 3 to 3.5 meters in height.