'By most accounts, Bill Walton stands well over seven feet tall. But during his NBA career, Walton always insisted that he was 6'11" because he didn't want to be considered a freak. When I read that fun fact in David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game, it hit a chord. I've been doing the exact same thing as Walton for my entire adult life. I'm not as tall as Walton. I'm not even one of the less-than-70 seven-footers in my age bracket in the U.S. But I'm close. Another quarter-inch, and I'd pass the seven-foot barrier. But anytime anyone asks my height, I say that I'm 6'11". I don't mention the extra three quarters of an inch. People don't need to know about that.
In any case, I'm still pretty fucking tall. And being pretty fucking tall is a weird thing to wrap your head around.' [more inside]
Meet Elisany Silva
[YouTube; Spanish with English subtitles], the Tallest Teen Girl in the World
He's got ginormous size, monstrous handles,
and a floor-dunk.
He also has a tumor.
Fortunately for basketball fans, the kindness of strangers is what's saving Sun Ming Ming.
(not related to
the rich Ming
The tallest man on record
was Roger Pershing Wadlow
which I discovered after finding this curious photo
. His 8'11.1" stature dwarfed Andre's
mere 7'4" height. Both suffered from the rare pituitary disorder of gigantism or acromegaly
. China has some really tall people
including Defen Yao
. If her height of 7"8.5" is accurate, it is more than an inch taller than Guinness record holder Sandy Allen
. By comparison, the top 50 tallest basketball players
provide some scale. (centimeter converter).
Apparently, girls and giants
are a popular combo.
Do short men get short-changed?
Any real life experiences to back up or refute this study? I found this very interesting: "If a teenage sense of social exclusion influences future earnings, it may have great implications for youngsters from minority groups."