As the average height for a person falls somewhere between 5′, 7″ and 5′, 11″, giant humans might seem like something that you see only in movies. However, that is not the case as there are people out there who break the norm and are real life giants, sometimes growing close to 9″ tall. From giant skeletons to super tall men and women, here are 25 Real Life Giants You Won’t Believe Exist.
John Carroll was known as The Giant of South Buffalo, measuring in at just over 8 feet tall. When you took into account his curved spine, he was over 8’7″ tall. He also had a pituitary gland disorder, and was known as a “wonderful, happy person” despite his handicaps. He worked as a park superintendent, and due to his red hair, his local nickname was Big Red. It was said of him, “He should be remembered for the way he handled his challenging medical condition with dignity.”
Vikas Uppal was the tallest man in India. He was still growing through his adult years, and his last reported height in 2005 was 8′ 9″. He was not measured by the Guinness Book of World Records. He died in 2007 during a failed brain tumor operation.
Yao Ming is a professional basketball player from China who’s actually taller than Shaq at 7′ 6″. He retired in 2011 due to joint and foot injuries. In the US, he played for the Houston Rockets, and in Shanghai, he played for the Shanghai Sharks.
Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson
“Thor” plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones and is 6’9″, weighing over 400lbs. He’s a Strongman and can dead-lift nearly 1,000 pounds.
Väinö Myllyrinne was 8′ 4″ tall at the time of his death in 1963 and at one point was considered the world’s tallest man. He was in the Finnish army for a time and is still considered to be the tallest solider in recorded history.