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Since I was a kid I’ve been absolutely fascinated by “giants.” I can remember checking out the Guinness Book of World Records on my very first trip to the school library, and being absolutely captivated by Robert Wadlow who is the tallest human in recorded history. He was 8′ 11″ tall and weighed 490 lbs! I was then, and still am baffled and amazed by these people.

Robert Wadlow 8′ 11″ is the tallest man in recorded history.

The Sumerian civilization, which predates the Babylonians by 9,000 years, wrote about giant beings called the Annunaki which translates as “Those who from the heavens to Earth came.” The Annunaki were described as being between 9 and 12 feet tall, and with bleach blonde hair, blue eyes, and very pale skin. This was also where the concept of the Aryans came from. Sumer (modern Iraq) is known as the “Cradle of civilization” since this was where the Annunaki first settled on Earth.

This is a Sumerian tablet depicting one of the Annunaki sitting on a throne. You can clearly see that the Annunaki were much larger than humans.

The Sumerians wrote that the Annunaki were our creators. Yes, I said creatorS, as in more than one. EA/EN.KI, and NIN.HURSAG were scientists/geneticists. They combined their own DNA with the DNA of some human-like species on Earth to create the AD.AM. This is exactly where the concept of us being made from the dirt/clay of Earth originated. We weren’t literally created from dirt. We were created from something that already inhabited the Earth. This is one of the many details changed in the hebrew bible to confound and confuse people so that they won’t know the TRUE origins of homo-sapiens.

This is a Sumerian depiction of the Annunaki at war with each other. You can clearly see that they were much larger than humans.

During our creation there were many errors that occurred before the AD.AM was perfected. It also took quite a long time before the Annunaki were satisfied with their new species. This explains why there are so many different types of creatures depicted in ancient Sumerian, ancient Babylonian, ancient Egyptian, and ancient Greek history. Every single civilization in history documented the existence of giants. I think that these giants assisted in building the ancient monolithic structures that still cannot be replicated with today’s technology.

This is the infamous giant “Footprint of God” in South Africa. It is approximately 5′ tall, and it’s embedded in granite! It is also estimated to bee 200 MILLION years old!

This is a giant Irish mummy discovered in 1895. It is 12′ 2″ and 4000 POUNDS!!!!!!

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22nd, 1918, and died July 15th, 1940. He is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often referred to as the “Alton Giant” named after his hometown of Alton, Illinois.

Albert Johan Kramer was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on June 15th, 1897, and died on April 4th, 1976. His birth weight was 19 lbs! At the age of 7 he was said to already be 6′ 7″ tall, and at the age of 21 his height was 7′ 6″. His final height was 8′ 9″, and he weighed 364lbs.

Vikas “Vicky” Uppal was born in Haryana, India in 1986, and died June 30, 2007. He was the tallest man in India standing at 8′ 9″ until his death. Vikas could have been considered the world’s tallest living man, but the Guinness Book of World Records has strict verification criteria, and for some reason he was never measured by them. He also had hands 13 inches long, feet 19 inches long, and appears in photographs to be proportionate.

John “Bud” William Rogan was born some time in 1868, and died September 1905 in Sumner County, Tennessee. He was 8′ 8″ tall and only weighed 175lbs. Bud Rogan began to grow very rapidly at the age of 13 leading to Ankylosis, and eventually he could not stand or walk. He moved around in a cart which he had made himself from his bed, pulled by goats.

Aurelio “Al” Tomaini was born February 25th, 1912 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and died August 30th, 1962 in Gibsonton, Florida. He was 8′ 4″ tall and weighed 356lbs.

Ijaz “Ajaz” Ahmed was born in 1976. He is a Pakistani farmer, claiming to be the world’s second tallest living person. He hails from Bakkhar village in Daryakhan, Punjab, and he stands at 8′ 4″. Ijaz suffers from an orthopedic problem that afflicted his right leg after he underwent surgery for a hip-bone fracture. Ahmed’s hip problem has caused his right leg to be shorter than his left leg. As a result, he not only has to limp along with a walking stick, but also wear custom made shoes (with an extra thick sole for the right shoe) to help balance him out.

Ella Kate Ewing was born March 9, 1872, and died January 10, 1913. She stood 8′ 4″. She used her great height to earn a living as a sideshow attraction, popularly known as “The Missouri Giantess.”

Väinö Myllyrinne was born February 27th, 1909 in Helsinki, and died in 1963 in Järvenpää, Finland. He was an acromegalic giant who stood 8′ 3″. Vaino Myllyrinne is considered the tallest soldier ever, having served in the Finnish Defense Forces.

Vaino Myllyrinne

Vaino Myllyrinne

Edouard Beaupré was born January 9, 1881, and died July 3, 1904. He was a freak show giant, strongman, and a star in Barnum & Bailey’s circus. Ed was 8′ 3″ tall, and he weighed 400lbs.

Sultan Kösen was born December 10th, 1982. He is the tallest living man in the world today currently standing at 8′ 3″ tall, as well as having the largest hands (11.22 inches), and the largest feet (14.4 inches). Kosen has been in the Guinness Book of World Records for some time now due to his extremely tall stature. If we were to really add up his scores for the Guinness Book, he would probably hold a few more records for the largest custom made shoes, and gloves along with pants and t-shirts.

Henry Hite born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 1, 1915, and died in Los Angeles, California on May 26, 1978. Henry Marion Mullins was his real name. He was well known in his day for making personal appearances, and the occasional movie that would capitalize on his height,

Donald “Dan” Koehler was born September 1st, 1925, and died February 26th, 1981. He is one of only 16 individuals in medical history to reach a verified height of 8 feet or more. He was generally recognized as the tallest man in the world from at least 1969 until his death in 1981.

Bernard A. Coyne was born in Anthon, Iowa on July 27th, 1897, and died May 20th, 1921. His World War I draft registration card, dated August 29th, 1918 lists his height as 8′. The Guinness Book of World Records stated that he was refused induction into the Army in 1918 when he stood at a height of 7′ 9″.

Brahim Takioullah is the tallest man of Morocco standing 8′ 1″. He was born on January 26th, 1982 in the southern town of Guelmim. Brahim grew normally until the age of 13, when his rapid growth started. He has the largest feet in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, measuring a staggering 15 inches!

Morteza Mehrzad is the tallest man in Iran standing 8′ 1″. He was born in 1987, and lives in Chalos, Iran. His unusual growth started at the age of 16, when he fell of his bicycle, and injured his pelvis. This caused his right leg to stop growing.

Julius Koch a.k.a Le Geant Constantin, was born in Reutlingen, Germany in 1872, and died in Mons, Belgium on March 30th, 1902. He stood 8′ 1″ tall, and was a victim of the malady eunuchoidal-infantile gigantism (daddy-longlegs syndrome). Julius Koch’s femurs were the longest on record being 30 inches long, and his hands were said to be 15 inches in length.

Gabriel Monjane was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique some time in 1944, and died some time during 1990. He stood 8′ 1″, and weighed 418lbs. His abnormal growth was attributed to an overactive pituitary gland, that started soon after birth. By the age of 17 he had already reached a height of 7′ 10″, so he joined a Portuguese circus.

Suleiman Ali Nashnush was born at some point in 1943, and died February 25th, 1991. He was a Libyan basketball player, and an actor. In 1960, he successfully underwent surgery to correct his abnormal growth. He was said to be the tallest basketball player ever at 8′ tall.

Suparwono like many Indonesians goes by just one name. He stands 8′ tall.

Zhang Jun-Cai was born in the Shanxi Province, of China some time in 1966. He stands at 7′ 11″.

Felipe Birriel a.k.a. “El Gigante de Carolina” (The Giant of Carolina) was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on August 16th, 1916, and died March 15th, 1994. He is considered to have been the tallest Puerto Rican to ever live, with a height of 7′ 11″.

Sa’id Muhammad Ghazi was born in Alexandria, Egypt some time during the year of 1909, and died November 1941. He was 7′ 10.5″ tall.

Alexander Sizonenko was born in the village Zaporizhia, Kherson Oblast, Ukrainian SSR on July 20th, 1959, and died in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 5th, 2012. He measured 7′ 10″, and was a former Soviet basketball player. He played professionally for Spartak Leningrad from 1976 to1978, and for Budivelnyk Kyiv from 1979 to1986. Alexander was also a member of the Soviet national team, and appeared on its behalf for 12 games.

Feodor Machnow was born in Kostyuks, Ukraine on June 6th, 1878, and died on August 28th, 1912. Feodor eventually grew to a stature of 7’10″, and weighed 365 lbs. As a young man in his twenties he toured Europe to exhibit his great height. After spending time in Berlin (Passage Panopticum), Paris, and the Netherlands, he visited London in 1905 where he joined the Hippodrome accompanied by his wife, and young child. He then toured the United States in 1906 where he met President Roosevelt, and the Cardiff Giant George Auger.

Frederick Kempster was born on April 13th 1889 in Bayswater, London England, and he died on April 15th, 1918. He was 7′ 9″ tall, and weighed 322lbs.

Louis “Louie” Moilanen arrived in Keweenaw, Finland at the age of four in 1889. At nine years old he was already the height of an average man. Ten years later he was declared to be the tallest man in the world. “Big Louie” 7′ 9″ tall even though his parents were just five foot.

Angus MacAskill a.k.a Giant MacAskill was born in1825, and died August 8, 1863. He was known as the world’s largest “true” giant since he had normal proportions, no growth abnormalities. The 1981 Guinness Book of World Records lists Angus as the tallest natural giant who ever lived, the strongest man who ever lived, and the man having the largest chest measurements of any non-obese man 80 inches.

Öndör Gongor a.k.a. “Tall Gongor” was a very tall man in the early 20th century Mongolia. He was measured to be 7′ 9″. Ondor Gongor is known all over Mongolia, and also mentioned, or pictured in some accounts of contemporary western travelers.

Walter Straub was born in Germany on July 21st, 1925, and died on February 20th, 1986. He was 7′ 9″.

The World’s Tallest Couple Anna Swan, and her husband Martin Bates.

Seated Giants