Pictures, memes and statuses related to differences in height are everywhere. It’s mostly about how the short people are easy to accommodate anywhere and everywhere and also, why is difficult to sometimes find the right shoe for the show size of a tall person. People who are tall upto 6ft or 6ft 3 inches are still considerable and usually considered a normal for the men in countries like the US.
Till now, almost 18 people have been reported to be as tall as 8ft or more. Measuring in at 8 feet 11.1 inches from head to toe, Robert Wadlow was the tallest man to have ever lived and when compared to Sultan Kosen, well, Kosen is still 8 inches shorter than Wadlow.
This real-life giant is similar to the giant from the Gulliver’s Travel and definitely, when he used to stand in the crowd, all of them were as short as lilliputs to him. Here are few facts you need to know about the world’s tallest man:
1. Robert Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 and showed great growth soon after birth. Surprisingly, when he was aged at 8, he was as tall as his father who was 6ft tall.
2. At the age of 13, Wadlow became a part of the Boys Scout and by then his height was nearly 7ft4. Wadlow’s uniform required 14 yards of cloth which was pretty insane for a 13-year old!
3. Featured in Robert Ripley’s cartoon in 1926 and 1929, Wadlow became known as the “Alton Giant” for his hometown of Alton, Illinois.
4. 8ft4 was Wadlow’s height when he graduated from high school and soon after graduation he went for a country tour with the Ringling Circus Brothers.
5. Wadlow could only travel by a specially built car that had its seats removed to accommodate his large legs. In fact, Wadlow had a many items customized due to his height. Not only were his clothes and walking cane unusually large, but so was his chair, shaving brush, lighter and shoes.
6. The International Shoe Company provided Wadlow with custom 39AA shoes and Wadlow endorsed the business, showing up to events promoting their footwear.
7. Wadlow’s height was not favourable to his biological and digestive systems. He was weighed 450 pound when he died and forced to wear leg braces and use a cane by 20. It was a sore from his leg brace, which became infected, that actually led to his death.
8. Wadlow was buried in a 10ft 6 inches steel coffin with a vault, so that the body could not be stolen like the other giants.
9. Wadlow’s hometown displays a statue of the gentle giant and his shoes adorn many footwear museums.
10. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has life-sized models of Wadlow in our odditoriums all over the world, letting people stand face-to-knee with the tallest man in the world.