There are giant people living among us. Some of them are so huge and strong that they are often referred as the Hulk. And some of them are very attractive.
Discover 22 real life giants!
22. Romario Dos Santos Alves
25-Year-old amateur bodybuilder from Brazil was facing a number of health issues after continuously using an injection known as Synthol. This enhancement oil increases the size of the muscles to enormous sizes, Romario also enjoyed attention from children who playfully compared him to the Incredible Hulk. However, soon he started to feel constant pain. Synthol had hardened his muscles to the point where a needle wasn’t able to go through his skin. Romario almost suffered kidney failure, even worse still he came close to having both arms amputated! Somehow he got lucky enough that doctors were able to remove the leftover Synthol from his body without turning to amputation.
21. Arlindo De Souza (Brazil)
De Souza is another Brazilian bodybuilder who wanted to cut corners and have the biggest muscles in town. Just like Romario he became addicted to injecting himself with Synthol. As expected, his muscles grew quickly. The circumference of one of his biceps was 29 inches! However, De Souza confessed that he had lost a friend to the same drug as he was using, after the tragedy he stopped using the substance.
20. Denis Cyplenkov (Ukraine)
Cyplenkov is a Ukrainian born professional body builder and arm wrestling champion. It was at just 11 years old his strength and potential was realised, leading to his love of arm wrestling. Soon enough he became the European Junior Arm Wrestling Champion.. In both 2010 and 2011 Cyplenkov won the largest international arm wrestling tournament known as the “Nemiroff”. At a weight of over 300 lbs and biceps nearly 25 inches, it’s no wonder why Cynplenkov is frequently compared to the Incredible.
19. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Iceland)
Game of Thrones fans might recognize this mammoth Icelandic man! He plays Ser Gregor Clegane, “The Mountain” in the show’s latest seasons. At a whopping 6 ft 9 and over 400 lbs, Bjornsson is not a man to be messed with. Apart from being an actor, Bjornsson is also a well-known strongman and former basketball player. He has consistently finished on the podium for the Word’s Strongest Man competition. He is so strong that he is able to deadlift 990lbs! That’s about six average sized people!
18. Shaquille O’Neal (Unites States)
New Jersey born O’Neal happens to be one of the most famous basketball players of all times. At 7ft 1 and weighing in at a mammoth 325 lbs, he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. O’Neal’s natural athleticism and impressive skills on the court led him to have one of the greatest career that any basketball player could ever hope to achieve.Even after his retirement in 2011, he continues to be a legend of the sport.
17. Yao Ming (China)
This Chinese born basketball player is even taller than Shaq! Standing at 7’6 made him one of the tallest basketball player of all times. Ming was making a name for himself in the Chinese Basketball Association before switching to the NBA. In 2011 he announced his retirement was due to numerous foot and ankle related injuries.
16. Vikas Uppal (India)
Uppal was was known before his death in 2007 as India’s tallest man. Some sources report that he was 8ft 3 , while other claim he was 8ft 10 tall. Although most people accept that his height was probably more likely 8ft 3.
15. Sajad Gharibi (Iran)
They call him the Iranian Hulk or Persian Hercules. Sajad Gharibi, 24, weighs 341 lbs and is able to lift an incredible 386 lb. Sajad is quite popular in social media, his Instagram account has over 180k followers and his fame is continuously growing.
14. Brahim Takioullah (Morocco)
Along with being Morocco’s tallest man Takioullah also shares title of the second-tallest living person in the world with Morteza Mehrzad from Iran. That isn’t all though, Takioullah also has the largest feet in the world, they measure in at over 15 inches.
13. Sultan Kösen (Turkey)
Kosen has the title of the tallest living man in the world, with an enormous height of 8 ft 3. Kosen, like many other tall people, had a tumor that affected his pituitary gland, which controls growth. After several attempts the gland was successfully removed from his brain and accelerated growth stopped. Kosen has since joined the Magic Circus of Samoa. Surprisingly he is also married and the height difference doesn’t seem to be a problem.You might have noticed that these real life giants were born in various countries, tall people are all around the world.
12. Yao Defen (China)
Yao Defen was officially the tallest woman in the world, her height before her death in 2012 was 7’8”. She was born into a poor family in rural China. Her birth weight was only 6.2 lb, however, Defen grew very rapidly. When she was three years old she consumed three times more food than a normal child her age. By eleven she reached 6’2”, her huge height was caused by a tumor in her pituitary gland.
11. Sandy Allen (Unites States)
Sandy Allen was known as the tallest woman in the world while she was alive. Allen held the title for the last sixteen years of her life, however, she is still known as the tallest American woman in history. Her recorded height was 7’7”. Similar to Defen and many other tall people, Sandy Allen had a tumor in her pituitary gland which released growth hormone uncontrollably. When Sandy was 22, the tumor was surgically removed. If it had not removed she would have kept growing and faced medical problems related to gigantism. In her later years, Allen had to use a wheelchair as her legs and back could not support her tall body structure. She spent her last years at a retirement center and died in 2008 at the age of 53.
10. Margo Dydek (Poland)
Margo Dydek was a whopping 7’2”tall. The Polish born giant had a successful basketball career and even holds the title as the tallest pro female player in history. She lived in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two sons before her death in 2011.
9. Uljana Semjonova (Soviet Union)
Uljana Semjonova is a Soviet-Latvian basketball player in the 70s and 80s. She won multiple championships in the Soviet Union and Europe. Semjonova also won gold medals for USSR in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. With a height of 6’11” Semjonova is not the tallest female basketball player but she does have the biggest shoe size, wearing a men’s 21 (US) / 58 (EU) shoe.
8. Malee Duangdee (Thailand)
Malee Duangdee was the tallest woman in Thailand and the second tallest woman in Asia. Her height was 6’10”. Unfortunately, she died at a young age in August 2016 due to a heart attack.
7. Sun Fang (China)
Sun Fang is born in 1987 and known as the tallest woman in China as well as the tallest living woman in the world. She is 7’3”. Sun Fang took the world’s tallest woman title from Yao Defen when Defen passed away in 2012. Sun Fang is often mistaken for Yao Defen because they look quite similar.
6. Alicia Jay (United States)
Alicia Jay is 6’6” tall, she is a popular blogger and specialises in fashion for tall women. Jay is 35 and is known as the world’s tallest virgin, she says that dating has been difficult because of her height and that she is waiting for her husband to find her.
5. Heather Greene (United States)
Heather Greene is a Las Vegas native and her height changes depending on whether or not she is wearing her favourite heels!. Her height is 6’5” normally, and with her heels she is a staggering 7ft 2. Heather’s height hasn’t changed since she was 15.
4. Svetlana Singh (India)
Svetlana Singh is 7’2” tall and her husband also happens to be quite tall. His height is 6’6”. Their oldest son is abnormally tall as well. The 3-year old child is already over 5 feet tall. He eats up to 20 times a day! His parents hope that he will become a basketball player so he can study at a college in the United States.
3. Rumeysa Gelgi (Turkey)
Rumeysa Gelgi is known as the tallest teenager in the world, her height is 7 ft. Doctors diagnosed her with a rare disorder known as Weaver Syndrome, which causes rapid growth. Gelgi feels special because of her height and says that getting a world record is a dream of hers. However, she doesn’t want to grow any taller as she already needs a walker to get around.
2. Elisany Silva (Brazil)
Elisany Silva is 18-year old Brazilian model; she stands at 6’9”tall. The teenager recently became engaged to her boyfriend, despite her fiancé only being 5’4. They are happy together and even planning to have children. Silva is worried that she might have problems conceiving because of the tumor she had, but has she is willing to adopt if pregnancy is impossible.
1. Zeng Jinlian (China)
Zeng Jinlian is known as the tallest woman to have ever lived. There are only 17 people who have reached 8 feet tall and Jinlian is the only woman to have ever surpassed the benchmark. Sadly, she died in 1982 at the age of 17. Her height was measured at 8’2”tall.