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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Giant

Goliath was a giant Philistine warrior defeated by the young David, the future king of Israel.The oldest manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls text of Samuel, the 1st century historian Josephus, and the 4th century Septuagint manuscripts—all give Goliath's height as "four cubits and a span" (6 feet 9 inches or 2.06 metres.

David and Goliath, a colour lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888)

Frederick William I ((1688 – 1740), the father of Frederick the Great, had a famous private guard company called the Potsdam Grenadiers. He would bribe, buy or even kidnap any man close to seven feet high to get them for the Grenadiers. Frederick made the giant men marry giant woman so he could “raise” his own giants.

William Bradley known more commonly as Giant Bradley or the Yorkshire Giant, was born on February 10, 1787. By 18, he had shot up to 7ft 8in. His teachers punished naughty boys by making Bradley lift them up and put them on high ceiling beams in the classroom until they learned their lesson.

William Bradley aged 18 and half years. Wikipedia Commoms

Adam Rainer (1899-1950) is the only person ever to be both a dwarf and a giant. At 18 he was measured as 4 ft 0.25 in (122.55 cm) . Then, likely as a result of a pituitary tumor, he had a dramatic growth spurt so that by 1931 at the age of 32 he had reached a height of 7 ft 2 in (218 cm).

The tallest man in the world, Robert Wadlow, was 8 feet eleven inches tall. He died at the age of 22, in 1940, due to an infection caused by leg braces he needed to be able to stand on his feet.



In 1965, Andre the Giant received a draft notice for the French peace time army, but was unable to join as there were no shoes big enough, bunks long enough, or trenches deep enough to accommodate him.

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