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In a world full of people where it is so difficult to stand out, being known is a rare and precious thing. Whether it is for saving a life or donating millions to charity, being famous for something is what people crave. The glory of the internet hype, the talk, the interviews. For some, it is nothing but a dream come true.
Then some people would want nothing better than to blend in the background and be entirely invisible. And yet, they are so bizarre that no matter what they do, they tend to stand out anyway. This article has arranged a list of some of the tallest people living today and their lives.
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1. Sultan Kösen
Kösen belongs to a Kurdish family in Turkey and currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest person alive today. He has been holding the record since September of 2009, at the height of 246 cm (8 ft. 1 in.). An updated reading of 251 cm (8 ft. 2.8 in.) as of 2011. But that is not all. Kösen also has the biggest hands and the second-longest pair of feet amongst the living!
Kösen’s unique height and massive growth is a result of a rare condition of pituitary gigantism. This is a result of excess production of growth hormones during the young years of one’s life. Kösen employs the use of crutches to walk and finds some everyday tasks difficult to perform due to his massive frame. However, he is an optimist and does find silver linings to his condition when he can help his family out with work that requires height.
Kösen is a farmer by occupation but has taken part in the Magic Circus of Samoa in 2014 and participated in several shows around the globe.
2. Brahim Takioullah
This gentleman belongs from the rich lands of Guelmim, Morocco, and is celebrated at 246 cm (8 ft. 1 in.). And what more? Takioullah also holds a record for having the largest feet of anyone living on this planet and is so considered as one of the tallest people in the world.
Normally growing up to the age of 13, he hit an unnatural growth spurt that made people concerned about him. At 18, Takioullah was encouraged to get tested by his school doctor for his unique built. A hormone-secreting tumor was discovered in his brain.
After graduating with a geography degree in 2006, Takioullah was taken to Paris by a French doctor for treatment. He was successfully operated on, the tumor removed, after which the hormone levels in his blood came pretty much back to normal.
Takioullah is now a French national and works for an amusement park, “Saint-Paul,” just outside Beauvais, a city about 80 km north of Paris.
3. Morteza Mehrzad Selakjani
This person measures 246 cm (8 ft. 1 in.) and has his origins from Iran. He is the tallest man in the entire country. Mehrzad’s specific condition began at the age of 16 when he hit a growth spurt that would leave the world stunned.
Mehrzad was 190 cm tall when he met an unfortunate accident that left one of his legs in a stunted growth than the rest of his body. It never did make a full recovery. Even today, one of Mehrzad’s legs is just about 15 cm shorter than the other.
Mehrzad, however, is unbeatable at spirit. He is the tallest paralympic champion in history from when he participated in the Rio Games in 2016 as a sitting volleyball player. He bought home a gold medal from the games and also great pride. Currently, Mehrzad is a part of Iran’s national sitting volleyball team. He has a history with the club Samen Al Hojjaj, having played for them in 2015.
4. Zhang Juncai
Juncai is the tallest person in China, belonging from the Shanxi province. He stands at a great height of 242 cm (7 ft. 11 in.) In November 2004, Juncai was declared the tallest person in the country.
Juncai is just about 10 cm shorter than Kösen, who is currently the tallest man living.
5. Asadulla Khan
Born in 1988, Khan is the tallest man alive in India at 241 cm (7 ft. 11 in.). The intriguing part is that everyone in his family is just 5 feet or over so it isn’t a family thing.
Poverty plays a pivotal role in Khan’s life, which is unfortunate, to say the least. Resorting to odd laborious jobs to earn a living, Khan has not been doing exceptionally well. Being a special person in India, Khan’s life should be a lot easier. But it is not. It would be pretty commendable for the country’s government to recognize their special needs people and give them financial support.
6. Naseer Soomro
Soomro is from Pakistan and ranks as one of the tallest people living in the country. He measures at a strapping 238 cm (7 ft. 10 in.), making him one of the tallest men in the world today.
7. Sun Mingming
Mingming has his origins from a small town near Harbin, in the Heilongjiang Province of China. The Guinness World Records have measured him at the height of 236 cm (7 ft. 9 in.). In 2005, he discovered a tumor in his pituitary gland that was causing his intense growth. A fundraiser was organized to collect money to remove Mingming’s tumor, which was done successfully.
Mingming was formerly a professional basketball player, having used his tall height to his great advantage. He is said to be the tallest basketball player in the world to have ever played. Mingming played professionally for the United States minor leagues as well as Mexico and Japan before finally returning home to China to play for his home country.
He has since retired and now works as an actor. The popular screen works include several films, such as The Rush Hour, Funny Soccer, and a few more.
8. Bao Xishun
Xishun is another Chinese man to makes the top 10 tallest people in the world list. He was born in Inner Mongolia in China. At a frame height of 236 cm (7 ft. 9 in), Xishun held the title of the tallest man in the world until 2009, when Kösen broke his Guinness World Record.
Xishun seemed to be growing normally until the age of 16, after which his height saw tremendous changes. Xishun has served in the People’s Liberation Army for around three years, after which he returned to his hometown to work at the Chifeng city hospital for quite a few months.
Bao Xishun is known for his exceptional feat in 2006 when he used his long extremities to serve the world uniquely. A dolphin that had accidentally swallowed glass shards was in a lot of pain, and the vets could not help it. Under the circumstances, Xishun used his 1 m long arms to reach into the dolphin’s stomach and safely remove the troublesome pieces of trash.
9. Radhouane Charbib
This man was born in Ras Jebel, Tunisia. He has an Arabic origin name and height of over 236 cm ( 7 ft. 9 in.). Charbib was the record holder for the Guinness tallest man alive until 2005 when Bao Xishun broke his record for being a mere 2 millimeters taller.
10. Ri Myung-hun
The rugged plains of North Korea bring us to one another member of this incredible list. Measuring 235 cm (7f 8.5 in.) on the stadiometer, Myung-hun is the tallest man alive in North Korea.
Myung-hun successfully played basketball for years in his home country. Now retired, Ri previously played for his national team as a center and won many games. Being one of the tallest basketball players, Myung-hun had great hopes of being a part of the NBA in the decade following 1990.
In anticipation of this tremendous honor, Myung-hun worked hard in Canada and was scouted by several teams. Unfortunately, however, Myung-hun fell prey to the heat of the political situation between the United States and North Korea. He was not able to play in the league officially, even with all the talent he had.
After trying to make the NBA for quite a few years, Myung-hun eventually moved back to North Korea, content in playing for his country alone.