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Rare world’s tallest man footage has surfaced, he stood 8ft 11inches in 1937

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Rare colour video of a person with the title of ‘World’s Tallest Man’ has surfaced, showing the massive size of the giant.

Robert Wadlow holds the title for the ‘World’s Tallest Man’ with 8 feet 11 inches of height and weight of 491 pounds. The rookie footage was considered to be lost for many years, it has only surfaced now. It was recorded in the 1930s which contains the giant’s personal experiences.

Right image shows that for accommodating the man, some seats had to be removed! | The left image shows him pictured with mother at age of 18
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He was born a normal size baby on February 22, 1918, and from there he started growing really fast. He was 8lb 7oz at his birth and on his first birthday he as weighing 45lb and was 3 feet, 3.5 inches in height. When he turned 8, he grew taller than his father of 5’11 – that was just the beginning, he was world’s tallest boy scout of 7’4 at the age thirteen and by the time he completed his high school he was 8’4.

He had a very rare condition which led him to grow exponentially, he had hyperplasia of the pituitary gland which caused him to grow rapidly due to an abnormally high level of human growth hormones in his body. His height was the only thing which made him a lot different, other than that, he was pretty much normal in his behaviour.

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His enormous size did make things complicated for him but his family tried to make things as normal as possible. He had a special desk at school and was expected to take part in all those activities in which his younger siblings took part in. However, his huge size came at a cost, he lacked feelings in legs but despite that, he never used a wheelchair and walked on his feet. He came to the public eye in 1936 when Ringling Brothers spotted Robert and recruited him for their travelling circus. His presence drew a huge crowd, which turned him into a celebrity. He also got sponsorship from a shoemaking company. He also went on tours for charity and other purposes.

He died on July 15, 1940, in his sleep and his body was put in a casket which was 10’9 in size and weighed about 1,000 pounds.

Special Thanks to Daily Mail for the detailed report.

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