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"Tallest living man wants to stop growing"




PODOLIANTSI, Ukraine - At age 33, Leonid Stadnik wishes he would stop growing. He's already 8 feet, 4 inches. Recent measurements show that Stadnik is already 7 inches taller than Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living man. He's also gaining on the 8-11 Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in history.



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I once stood next to Don Kohler, then the world's tallest living man at 8' 2". As an 8 or 10 year old kid, that was downright scary. I couldn't even get up the nerve to ask for his autograph. (We were waiting in line to get in Ringling Bros - Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Rosemont Horizon, near Chicago. They always set up a special seat for him when the circus came to town.


I hate to suggest it, but I wonder if Ringling or any other entertainment company has ever approached him about performing? I know this is a cheesy way for a special person to make money, but it sounds like he really could use a break, and this may be the only way he can get one, if the story is true. Still, it's sad that a veterinarian (obviously an educated man) would need to resort to exploiting his size to make a decent living. :(

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"My two-year-old suit's sleeves and pants are now 30 centimeters (12 inches) shorter than I need," said Stadnik. "My height is God's punishment. My life has no sense."
His friends, in turn, treat him with the same sort of soft good humor. They're trying to organize a trip for him to the Carpathian Mountains to show him that "there's something in the world taller than you," Bronyslav said.
What a fascinating, sad & beautiful story!


What do we want? Procrastination!

When do we want it? Later!

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