Robert Wadlow. The tallest man in the United States.
…By his twentieth birthday, when he was 8 feet 6 3/4 inches tall, Wadlow’s step had slowed to an elephantine shuffle. He was infuriated now by those self-styled comedians who several times each day asked him, “Hey, big boy, how’s the weather up there?” And getting from place to place became an increasing problem. Before, he had done most of the long-distance traveling by train, but he could finally fit into neither Pullman berths nor drawing rooms, and so he took to the airlines.
At Newark Airport, however, on his way home from an appearance on Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” radio program, he accidentally put an elbow through the window of a TWA plane, and as a result, the passengers had to switch to another plane. Wadlow was so upset by this that he began to avoid flying; instead, he made even his longest journeys crouched on the seatless back floor of a seven-passenger limousine driven by his father. Earlier, when he had arrived at an airport or train station, he had to get to his hotel either by straddling the roof of a taxicab or riding in the back of a truck.
Everywhere Wadlow went, a Gulliver among the Lilliputans, everything was ludicrously small for him- cars, elevators, bathtubs, shower stalls, toilets, and just about anything else one can think of. Unless it had been made especially for him, he could not sit in a chair without breaking it, and in hotels he had to put two double beds side by side to sleep. Sometimes the beds gave way beneath his weight, and he ended up sleeping on the floor. ( to be continued)…
(see link at end)…The second tallest human on record was another American yet one who lived a very different life from Robert Wadlow. John Rogan, a slave’s son, was an African-American born in Tennessee only a few years after the end of the civil war. Crippled for his most of his life due to ankylosis caused by his rapid growth, he was unemployed and lived an impoverished life. He was eight feet, nine inches tall but weighed only 79 kg.
The Potsdam Giants were a Prussian infantry regiment founded in 1675 and composed of men of well above average height. Obtaining tall men for the division became something of an obsession for King Frederick I. Many of his ‘recruits’ were actually abducted from various parts of Europe. In an early attempt at eugenics, Frederick paired his soldiers with abnormally tall women in the hope that any resulting children would be even taller. He never risked the regiment in battle.
Perhaps the most remarkable giant of all was the Austrian Adam Rainer. At a height of seven feet, eight inches, he doesn’t rank near the top of the list – there are at least thirty people ahead of him. However, he is the only giant who was also a dwarf. At the age of eighteen he was four feet, six inches tall, easily under the four feet, ten inches which is the defining characteristic of dwarfism. Over the next fourteen years he grew a further 38 inches but, as a result, his health deteriorated and he spent most of his adult life bedridden.Read More:https://quadriv.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/giants/