Saturday, April 21, 2007


Measured at 2.36 metres Bao Xishun a native of Inner Mongolia is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's tallest living man. Guinness World Records claims to have been of normal height until Mr. Bao was 16 when he experienced a growth spurt for unknown reasons and reached his present height seven years later.

Bao also suffers from rheumatism, although this has been attributed to his childhood habit of sleeping outdoors, rather than a height-linked disorder. His appearance in the clinic caused high attention. People gathered around and jostled for a view of the extraordinary sight, but Bao remained friendly and allowed people to take photos with him.

When he turned 40 Mr. Bao was offered a job as a greeter at a restaurant. He quickly gained attention from the local media, who applied to Guinness World Records on his behalf. He was measured, and found to be 2 mm taller than the previous record holder, Radhouane Charbib.

He became widely famous when he saved two dying dolphins in northeast China by reaching into their stomachs with his metre-long arms to remove plastic they had swallowed. The dolphins got sick after nibbling on plastic from the edge of their pool at an aquarium in Liaoning province. Attempts to use surgical instruments to remove the plastic failed because the dolphins’ stomachs contracted in response to the instruments, however Bao Xishun succeeded in helping the dolphins.

In his everyday life Bao spends his mornings walking and afternoons playing cards with his neighbours, occasionally reading some Mongolian books and wearing his Guinness World Record badge on his chest. He also now has a girlfriend, who he hopes to marry. I wish him luck in the future.