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This video is about Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived.

                                           Robert Wadlow Facts

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Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 in Illinois, United States. He is the tallest person who ever lived with a height of 2.72 meters. He weighed around 200 kg. He got a nickname ‘Alton Giant’ or ‘Giant of Illinois’. The reason of his never ending growth was Hyperplasia in his pituitary gland.

Fast Facts: –

  • Robert Wadlow was a ‘Freemason’ and had the world’s largest freemason ring. He was eventually elevated to the level of ‘master mason’.
  • In 1939, he broke the record of world’s tallest person beating John Rogan.
  • He was forced to wear leg braces so that he could walk properly but he never used a wheelchair.
  • Wadlow enrolled in Shurtleff College to become a law student in 1936.
  • He had numb sensation throughout his legs due to his unusual height.
  • In the Alton Museum of History and Art, some of his shoes are displayed. His shoe size was 37AA.
  • In 1938, he did a lot of promotional work with Ringling Brothers Circus.
  • On July 4, 1940, he got injured on his ankle. He was treated with an emergency surgery due a parasitic infection in his wound.
  • His condition continued to decline and he died on July 15, 1940 at the age of 22.
  • 11 days prior to his death, his height was recorded 8 feet and 11.1 inches by two doctors, Dr. C. M. Charles and Dr. Cyril MacBryde.
  • In 1986, after 46 years of his death, a statue was erected in his town, Alton.



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