A Twitter page, History in Color, shared a photo of Robert Wadlow, also known as “The Giant of Illinois”, from 1935. The American man was recognized as the world’s tallest man ever recorded by the Guinness World Records.
According to the website, Mr. Wadlow has held the records since 1955. He was 2.72 m tall when last measured on June 27, 1940. At the age of five, Mr. Wadlow was a whopping 1.63 m tall. ) and had to wear clothes intended for teenagers. When he was eight years old, he caught up with his 5 ft 11 in tall father.
“Amazing photo of the tallest man who ever lived,” the Guinness World Records retweeted a post.
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amazing photo of the tallest man who ever lived https://t.co/gYfRubPf8p
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) December 6, 2022
According to the Guinness World Records website, Mr Wadlow suffered from a condition that caused hyperplasia of his pituitary gland. This resulted in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. However, Robert’s incredible height caused a number of medical problems, which got worse as he got older – and taller. But as a young boy, he went out of his way to get involved in the same activities that his peers did.
As soon as the photo of the ‘Tallest Man Ever Lived’ hit the internet, netizens were stunned. One user joked, “Wadlow doesn’t fall into the “I only date guys whose height starts with a 6” category.
Another user commented, “Wow awesome and he looked so nice.”
Mr Wadlow died when he was only 22. He died on July 15, 1940, in a hotel in Manistee, Michigan, as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle caused by a brace, which had been poorly fitted just a week earlier.
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