Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Väinö Myllyrinne 251 cm tall men

Tall men --Finland Finland
Väinö Myllyrinne 251 cm Recognized as the tallest living person from 1940 to his death in 1963. Said to have been 251 cm in his thirties. Väinö Myllyrinne, (27 February 1909, Helsinki – 13 April 1963, Järvenpää, Finland) was an acromegalic giant who was at one time (1961–1963) the world's tallest person. He stood 222 cm (7 feet 3.5 inches) and weighed 197 kg (31 stone) at the age of 21, but experienced a second phase of growth in his late thirties, attaining a height of 247 cm (8 feet 1¼ inches). The 6th tall men in the world.

Myllyrinne is considered the tallest soldier ever, having served in the Finnish Defence Forces. He was also voted 12th greatest Finn in the TV show Suuret suomalaiset, largely due to a tongue-in-cheek Internet campaign criticising the idea of the show. The advocates of the campaign thought that because one cannot pick just one person to be the Greatest Finn for their accomplishments, Väinö Myllyrinne would actually be the "biggest Finn" because of his height (in Finnish, the word suuri means both "big" and "great").

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