Bao Xishun, the World's Tallest Man

The Tale of Bao Xishun, The World's Tallest Man

A herdsman from Inner Mongolia travels a long way after being placed in the Guinness Book of World Records
Antonio Scorza / AFP / Getty

Originally a shepherd, Bao claims that he stood at a normal height until the age of 16, when he experienced an extraordinary growth spurt. Unlike other previous holders of the title, Bao does not have gigantism, the growth disorder that contributes to extreme height.

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