On Guinness World Record Day, Tallest Living Man Still Doesn't Measure Up to Alton Giant

Sultan Kosen stands 8'1" compared to Robert Wadlow's 8'11".
Sultan Kosen stands 8'1" compared to Robert Wadlow's 8'11".
For the record, yesterday was Guinness World Record Day. Thousands of record-setters and fans of the almanac of bizarre feats showed up in London to celebrate the occasion -- including Sultan Kosen of Turkey.

Kosen, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the world's tallest living human at eight-foot-one. But he's not the tallest man ever to have lived. As the Belleville News-Democrat notes this morning, that title still belongs to Alton-native Robert Wadlow.

Wadlow grew to the astonishing height of eight-feet-eleven-inches before his death at age 22 in 1940. Thus Wadlow still has a healthy ten inches on the 27-year-old Kosen. Yeah, take that Turkey! 
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