We were on our anniversary a few years back when we came across this ginormous chair. We took turns sitting in it and I, being my absent minded self, didn’t give much thought to what such a chair was doing there, and to whom, if anyone, it might have belonged.
It wasn’t till I began researching for this blog that I came to know that that was in fact, a custom made chair of the late but great Robert Wadlow that I had so ineptly sat on (not so much so as Brandy though :-).
|8′ 11″ Robert Wadlow
and His 5′ 11.5″ Father
In case you are now as sinfully ignorant as I then was, Robert Wadlow is recorded as the tallest man known to man, at the extraordinary height of 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m). It is said that his height was due to hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, and consequently abnormally high levels of human growth hormone.
|Size 12 Shoe VS Robert Wadlow’s Size 37|
His growth had yet to show signs of slowing when he passed at the young age of 22. A faulty brace (he needed them to stand) lead to a blister, his auto-immune system couldn’t handle the resulting parasitic infection, and shortly thereafter he passed in his sleep in the hospital. Or so says Wikipedia anyway… If you want the full story, you might check out one of the many books on Robert Wadlow (affiliate links):