Giants Fact Or Fiction?

This hub is going to be a little different then my other hubs. It is about fact or fiction. The Internet is a very large place to present both. The first thing this hub is going to present are facts.

The tallest man in history was Robert Reshing who was 8 feet and 11 inches tall. He was born in February, 1918 and died in July, 1940. He used to be called " The Giant" Today the tallest man in the world is Sultan Kosan. He is from Turkey and is 8 feet 3 inches tall. He was last measured in February, 2011 and was found to be still growing.

People of extreme height have had problems with pituitary glands, and continue to grow even after they become adults. Basically, they grow until they die. However, there have been very large skeletons, that have been found by archeologists that have also reached large heights. These people have been the people are the ones who have been called the "Giants" in the bible.

But, instead of the giants I wrote about in my last hub, these giants are not as huge. And these skeletons are true.

In 1883 10 skeletons of both sexes were taken from a mound at Warren, Minnesota. They had reached the height of 11 feet tall and were named " Gigantic Size" ( St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 23, 1883)

A skeleton of 7 feet 6 inches tall was found in a massive stone structure that was likened to a Temple Structure in Kanawha County in West Virginia in 1884.

More historical evidence of skeletons were founds in America in 1792, in Buffalo, New York. These skeletons, were about 8 feet tall in an earthen fort, but they had broad flat topped sculls.

Even in the bible, the description of Goliath, whose height was 6 cubits and a width, which makes his size about 9 feet and 6 inches tall. This is not as large at all as those found on the Internet hoaxes.

Now, turning to fiction. There are many pictures on the Internet that show huge skeletons, huge skulls, and much more. The one I am going to focus on is the photo that shows a giant skeleton lying on the ground, with a man at it's head. This skeleton has been name " The Arabian Giant" and has been measured to be 60 feet long. The story tells us, he was found in Saudi Arabia. In this hoax the skeleton was held up as evidence of giants mentioned in the Islamic, rather then Hindu Scriptures. But, it could also work for Christian Scriptures also.

It was debunked by Snopes.com. The photograph started with with an aerial photo of a mastodon excavation in Hyde Park, New York, in 2000. The picture of a human skeleton was superimposed over the animal's remains.

Researching this hub was good for me, it helped me learn a lot, but it was also a little bit sad. Before my next hub, I will do more research, but it is hard to understand why so many people lie. It is also easy to fool people now on the Internet, because our tools have become so complex. So from now on, just be prepared, for all you see and hear, may not be true.

So far, most of the skeletons that have been found, are not giants. They are as large as the skeletons that have been show to us on the Internet.



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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Interesting reading. Robert Pershing Wadlow is a name I remember from my childhood after having read my first Guinness Book of Records. Voted up and interesting.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

petenali thank you for your comment. He was huge. I am 4'11" lol guess that makes a huge difference.


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inevitablesecrets 4 years ago from California

Thanks for all of the info, it's really interesting. I have read about these people who are incredibly tall before, somewhere I heard that many often took sanctuary in churches furring the middle ages because they were outcasts in society.

On the topic of hoaxes, one of the most famous ones in the history of archeology and and fossils was the Plitdown hoax that took over 50 years to disprove.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hi inevitablesecterets, I remember that. Wasn't that the the one that was supposed to be the missing link that proved evolution?


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is an interesting topic. The giants of the Bible were huge and powerful but I don't know if any such people exist today. Yes, technology today can be used to post some pretty believable facts and pictures. It makes us skeptics but yet curious as to the possibilities of truth. Good read!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you teaches, I appreciate your comment. I do need more research when posting my hubs, but some basketball players are getting kind of tall now. lol


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A good informative and interesting hub. It is a shame that the hoaxers waste so much of the time that could be better spent on researching the true facts.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment Rosemay. It is a shame the hoaxer waste so much time. We could be looking for truth instead of lying.


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JamesPoppell 4 years ago

Hi Michele, I like your new profile picture. This is an interesting hub. It is too bad that people use the internet to lie in order to get attention. I did not know that some giants keep on growing, even until they die. Nice hub, interesting facts and a vote up.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you James. My hair is growing. It has been about a year and a half since my surgery for epilepsy. I put a picture of my bald head and now my new hair. Yes, it is too bad people use the internet to lie. In fact there a probably a lot of lies on the internet and Youtube. Just think of what people can do with computer these days.


Sephiroth8 4 years ago

Michele

Great info about the giants! The news paper accounts of finding skeletons 8, 9, 10, to 11 feet are the most interesting. The giants like Goliath were this size range, and not the fake superhuman 30 and 40 foot hoaxes that you see on the internet.

I was reading about a scientific discovery of a giant's bones almost 12 feet tall found in France it was on the wikipedia list of tallest people.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Sephiroth8 thank you for your comment. That is amazing! Yes, that sounds like the giants in the bible. Thanks you so much!


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

The skeletons you are talking about in this hub should be true. In ancient times it would be reasonable to have some races of heights above 8 to 9 or 10 feet in height. This is mainly because the oxygen content of the atmosphere was better in those times.

There are some ancient cave drawings showing huge persons sitting and small people serving them. This could be the artist's way of communicating the social status of the master by showing him as huge.

Good hub and I voted you up for it.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Vegas Elias thank your comment. What your wrote is true about the atmosphere. Also, I had not thought about the artist's way of showing social status. That is a very good way of helping learn things. So, once again thank you very much. Too bad I can't vote you up.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Interesting..heard of the tallest man before. Michele, do you think Goliath is true?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I do, I really do. Thank you for your comment snowdrops.


oceansider 4 years ago

This was a very interesting article you wrote about giants....I liked it, thank you.....hope you've been well!

God bless you, Helen


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Helen

God bless you my sister in Christ.

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