Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jóhann Kristinn Pétursson 234 cm tall men

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Jóhann Kristinn Pétursson 234 cm .Was the tallest person in Iceland. Jóhann Kristinn Pétursson, also known as The Viking Giant, Johann the Giant (Jóhann Risi) and Jóhann Svarfdælingur (February 9, 1913 – November 26, 1984) was an Icelandic giant from Dalvík, Iceland. At peak, he measured 7 ft 8 inches (234cm) and weighed 163 kg.


Petursson had a normal development till the age of 15 after which accelerated growth occurred. At the age of 17 he was very strong and could lift a lorry, but at the age of 20 he was weak and suffered from walking difficulties. During WWII he was forced to work in a German shipyard in Copenhagen. He retired to Florida in the 1950s. The tallest Icelandic man on record, Petursson's home, his living trailer, vehicles, furniture, and clothing were constructed to accommodate his size.
Like many other people of his size he had back and joint problems. He is believed to have been married, and to have had one child, in Denmark.
After a falling accident in Tampa, he returned to Dalvik and he died there, a few months after his fall, in 1984. He is buried in Dalvik. The 20th tall men in the world.

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