The Tallest Man in the World: Robert Wadlow - The "Alton Giant"

submitted by DerelictDoug on 11/09/19 1

Robert Wadlow, also known as the Alton Giant, the Giant of Illinois, and Bob, was an American who became famous as the tallest person in recorded history for which there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached 8' 11.1" in height and weighed 439 lbs at his death at age 22. His growth continued into adulthood and showed no signs of stopping. His height was due to, hyperplasia; of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. Not only was he the world's largest boy scout, but he still holds the Guinness Book World record for being the tallest man. He was taller than his father by the age of 8, and in elementary school, they had to make a special desk for him due to his size. As an adult, he was a member of the Freemasons and his Freemason ring was the largest ever made. Wadlow became a celebrity after his 1936 U.S. tour with the Ringling Brothers Circus. He appeared with Ringling Brothers at Madison Square Garden and the Boston Garden in the center ring, never in the sideshow. In 1938, he did a promotional tour with the International Shoe Company. They provided him his shoes free of charge. Wadlow rationalized that he was working in advertising, not being exhibited as a freak. ReadMore Here: www.derelictdoug.net/derelict-doug-blog/the-tallest-man-in-the-world-robert-wadlow-the-alton-giant Keep Up-To-Date with Me Here: derelictdoug.net Or Follow Me On Twitter: twitter.com/Derlict_doug

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