Sultan Kösen is a Turkish farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 251 centimetres (8 ft 2.82 in). Kösen's growth resulted from the conditions gigantism and acromegaly, caused by a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. Due to his condition, he uses crutches to walk. Born to a Kurdish family in the southeastern city Mardin, he is the seventh tallest man in history.
Kösen, a Turkish man of ethnic Kurdish descent, was born in Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey. Kösen was unable to complete his education because of his height; he instead worked part-time as a farmer. He describes the advantages of being tall as being able to see a great distance and being able to help his family with domestic tasks such as changing light bulbs and hanging curtains.
He lists disadvantages as not being able to find clothes for his legs measuring 126 centimetres (49.61 in) and for his arms with a sleeve length measuring 97 centimetres (38.19 in) or shoes that fit, as well as finding it difficult to fit into an average-sized car. In October 2013, Kösen married Syrian-born Merve Dibo, who is ten years his junior. In an interview, he said that his biggest problem with his wife is communication, as he spoke Turkish but his wife spoke only Arabic.
On 13 November 2014, as part of Guinness World Records Day, Kösen met, for the first time, the world's shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, at an event in London. In 2014, Kösen joined the Magic Circus of Samoa and participated in various shows around the world.
Takioullah was born in Guelmim, Morocco, in 1982. At the age of 18, he had been asked by his school doctor to get a blood test, for his "unusual" size. Diagnosed with acromegaly, Takioullah, in a single year had 1-metre (3.3 ft) high growth spurt.
After obtaining his university degree in geography, a French doctor brought Takioullah to Paris in 2006, for treatment. His treatment was successful as his tumour was removed and the growth hormone level in his blood was brought down to normal. His heart was also reported in a good condition.
Takioullah had difficulties finding a pair of European size-58 shoes. He once asked a cobbler to make him a pair of made-to-measure shoes, but he was told that they would cost up to 3,500 euros.
His orthopedic podiatrist, Jerome Liegeon, fitted him with a specially made pair of shoes, specifically designed to support his weight. Takioullah works for an attraction parc, "Saint-Paul", near the city of Beauvais, about 80 km (50 mi) north of Paris. People can take pictures with Brahim, who has now also obtained French nationality.
Dharmendra Pratap Singh
Dharmendra Pratap Singh, said to be India's tallest man, who has found a mention in the Guinness Book of records.
He is tall and his problem are now getting taller. Dharmendra Pratap Singh, said to be India's tallest man, who has found a mention in the Guinness Book of records, now claims that his height - 8 feet two inches-is no longer a boon but a bane for him.
He is 45 years old but has not found a wife for himself. "Many relatives have tried to get me married but things never materialise. The girls, seeing my height, refuse to marry me. As the years go by, I am feeling the need for a life partner," he says rather sadly and adds "I have given up hopes of getting married and having my own family."
A resident of Narharpur Kasiyahi village in Pratapgarh, Dharmendra has earned fame because of his height. He is affiliated to the Samajwadi Party and campaigns for it during elections. In fact, he is a big draw at the political rallies. Dharmendra, who holds a master's degree, used to go to Delhi and Mumbai to make a living.
"People would take selfies with me and give me money and gifts. I would go to Connaught Place in Delhi and Gateway of India in Mumbai where tourists were fascinated to see me. However, after the lockdown and the pandemic, I have stopped travelling and my income has also stopped," he says.
Zhang Juncai is one of the world's tallest people, standing at least 2.42 meters (7 ft 11 in) tall. He was verified as China's tallest man on 23 November 2010 at 2.42 meters (7 ft 11 in).
Zhang went to the hospital in April 2009, to visit his friend, the 2.34-meter (7 ft 8 in) tallest living woman Yao Defen.
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