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SanguinePenguin
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Looks funny to me...


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Giant Communist Robot
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probably authentic


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violetbon
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That picture does look kind of odd. She almost looks like she's about to start floating off the chair. And she seems much wider than the normal sized woman next to her.
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Biggles
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Better link here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=2079333

One of those pictures that looks fake but probably isn't.

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quote:
Originally posted by violetbon:
And she seems much wider than the normal sized woman next to her.

Wouldn't that be expected at her height?

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Ganzfeld
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"She's actual size but she seems much bigger to me." (30 points)
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I claim those points in the name of They Might Be Giants! =D

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Honey Bunching Oats
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quote:
Originally posted by violetbon:
That picture does look kind of odd. She almost looks like she's about to start floating off the chair. And she seems much wider than the normal sized woman next to her.

I think the woman sitting next to the giant in the OP link is below average height.

The caption also mentions a tumor in the brain. It's probably a pituitary adenoma that secretes Human Growth Hormone.

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Ganzfeld
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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Cow:
I claim those points in the name of They Might Be Giants! =D

You got the answer so you can have them but only if you name them something more reasonable for a pet, such as Fred. [Smile]
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TuFurg
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She almost looks like a doll in that photo. A Google photo search brought up several photos including this one:

http://www.shanghaiist.com/attachments/shang_peijin/yaodefenchinashanghaiwoman.jpg


I have to say that there's something odd about the photo in the OP- as if she isn't big enough I think she's been enlarged- or perhaps that other lady is just way small. See just doesn't seem as large to me in the other pics.

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inkiemouse
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She doesn't appear to have breasts...

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smallpotatoes
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She doesn't appear to have breasts...
One of the links posted above had a follow-up link that says:


quote:
The hormone disorder can also delay puberty, which is the case with Yao, who has no secondary sexual characteristics. She has a male-sounding voice.

Jaci
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Brandi
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I'd think the male-sounding voice might well be from having a very large voicebox.
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Joseph Z
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I would have believed that this was an optical illusion.

I have seen before that magicians have designed a room in which both sides are equally designed. However when you put one person on side A compared to another person on side B, side B was taller. When you swapped them, the other one was taller.

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Sister Ray
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From what I know about her, she had severe scoliosis and couldn't sit up straight. So it's possible the strange appearance was because of that. I'm willing to bet acromegaly was also a factor.

Sister "of course, it could still be fake..." Ray

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beaver_slayer
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Actually, some time ago there was a report about Leonid Stadnik of Ukraine. He was extra-tall and the same kind of chubby, with not-so-realistic limb proportions. The catch was that after surgery on brain tumor he got some problems with hormones so he just went on growing.
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Angel With Wax Wings
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Isn't there some sort of like 8 foot tall woman in a wheelchair somewhere, she got too tall and something happened to her legs and now she can't walk. She may be dead now...does anyone know what I'm talking about?

~Monica

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Sister Ray
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quote:
Originally posted by Angel With Wax Wings:
Isn't there some sort of like 8 foot tall woman in a wheelchair somewhere, she got too tall and something happened to her legs and now she can't walk. She may be dead now...does anyone know what I'm talking about?

~Monica

I think that is the woman who the picture is supposedly of. It wasn't getting too tall; it was simply that her rate of growth was so large that she couldn't support herself.

Sandy Allen, the world's tallest woman, can stand and walk.

Sister "somewhat short herself" Ray

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Ulkomaalainen
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According to one of the links above, Yao Defen beats Sandy allen by an inch and a half, a German site I "uncovered" (actually it won't load, but the important information was visible in Google's overview) claims Defen to be 2cm (roughly 0.8 inches) shorter. Whatever.

The pictures of the wheelchair bound women probably would be of Zeng Jinlian, supposedly the tallest woman to ever live, who died in the early eighties, while not having reached 20 herself then, and had some deformation in her back rendering her unable to walk.

A friend of mine suffered from a (comparatively) mild form of "overgrowth". He stands 2.17m (7'1½", if I got that right). Or actually he doesn't, he developed a kind of hump and arches forward, probably due to his body weight, and has lost a few cms. Maybe similar circumstances make the comparison of the tallest women difficult, again one of the links above indicated such a thing.

Also, neither of those women can actually really "stand and walk" the way we understand it, as it unfortunately seems. Only get "propped up" for a few occasions.

Ulko "6'4" maalainen

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smallpotatoes
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quote:
Isn't there some sort of like 8 foot tall woman in a wheelchair somewhere, she got too tall and something happened to her legs and now she can't walk. She may be dead now...does anyone know what I'm talking about?
One of the links posted above said that Sandy Allen is now confined to a wheelchair. From the link...

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I've been asked several times why I consider Ms. Yao to be the tallest woman in the world:

If she is, in fact, 7'8 1/2" she is one and a quarter of an inch taller than Sandy Allen was at her tallest.

If she is "only" 7'7" which some sources claim (and therefore a quarter of an inch shorter than Sandy) she is still taller than "Sandy 2006" because Sandy can no longer stand up straight and is sadly confined to a wheel-chair these days. Even if Sandy could still stand up her bodyweight seems to have caused her back to arch so she can no longer be considered to be 7'7 1/4". I guess the Guinness Book of Records needs to be updated.

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quote:
Originally posted by Honey Bunching Oats:
quote:
Originally posted by violetbon:
That picture does look kind of odd. She almost looks like she's about to start floating off the chair. And she seems much wider than the normal sized woman next to her.

I think the woman sitting next to the giant in the OP link is below average height.

The caption also mentions a tumor in the brain. It's probably a pituitary adenoma that secretes Human Growth Hormone.

If you look closely, you'll see that her chair is much taller/has a higher seat than the lady on the left, making it look odd.
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Tequila Mockingbird
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And people poke fun at me for being 6'0 - apparently 'freakishly tall' for a female (I do however, have breasts and a girly voice).
My bf says I draw attention by going out with him... he's 'only' 5'6.

I like it when people stare. Gives me a chance to scowl at strangers [Razz]

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Sister Ray
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quote:
Originally posted by smallpotatoes:
quote:
Isn't there some sort of like 8 foot tall woman in a wheelchair somewhere, she got too tall and something happened to her legs and now she can't walk. She may be dead now...does anyone know what I'm talking about?
One of the links posted above said that Sandy Allen is now confined to a wheelchair. From the link...

quote:
I've been asked several times why I consider Ms. Yao to be the tallest woman in the world:

If she is, in fact, 7'8 1/2" she is one and a quarter of an inch taller than Sandy Allen was at her tallest.

If she is "only" 7'7" which some sources claim (and therefore a quarter of an inch shorter than Sandy) she is still taller than "Sandy 2006" because Sandy can no longer stand up straight and is sadly confined to a wheel-chair these days. Even if Sandy could still stand up her bodyweight seems to have caused her back to arch so she can no longer be considered to be 7'7 1/4". I guess the Guinness Book of Records needs to be updated.

Jaci

That's awful. Although Sandy Allen isn't growing anymore - she had a pituitary operation at 21. I admired her as a kid.

Sister "was a geek who read the Guinness book tons of times" Ray

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