Brother Robert Wadlow

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  1. Blake Bowden

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    In 1939, he petitioned Franklin Lodge No.
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    in Alton, Illinois, and by late November of that year was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Illinois A.F & A.M. Wadlow's Freemason ring was the largest ever made. Sometimes known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, he is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. The Alton and Illinois monickers reflect the fact that he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.

    On July 4, 1940, during a professional appearance at the Manistee National Forest Festival, a faulty brace irritated his ankle, causing a blister and subsequent infection. Doctors treated him with a blood transfusion and emergency surgery, but his condition worsened, and on July 15, 1940, he died in his sleep at age 22. Around 5,000 people attended Wadlow's funeral on July 19. He was buried in a 10-foot-long (3.0 m), half-ton coffin that required twelve pallbearers to carry and was interred in a vault of solid concrete. It was believed that Wadlow's family members were concerned for the sanctity of his body after his death, and wanted to ensure it would not be disturbed or stolen.

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  3. dfreybur

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    Last month my Dad claimed that he is second cousins to Alton the Giant. First cousin means a shared grandparent, second cousin means a shared great grandparent. If true then I would be second cousin once removed. Might be fun to look it up on ancestry.com and see if Dad's claim is correct.
     
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    I am PM of Franklin Lodge and we have a room dedicated to his memory. For the record he was also a DeMolay.
     
  5. CLewey44

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    Well, I'd hate to have been on that MM team.... ;)
     
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    Brother Shaquille O'Neal next to Brother Robert Wadlow.
     
  7. Blake Bowden

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    Size 25 S&C ring!

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  8. Warrior1256

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    Very interesting!
     
  9. CLewey44

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    I've stood next to that figure and it's unreal. I'm about 6'3" or 6'4" and I felt like a midget...Even Bro. Diesel there looks short....unreal....Shaq still would have dunked on his head lol.
     
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  10. Ripcord22A

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    I always thought that my cousins are my kids 2nd cousins.


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  11. Brother JC

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    I always thought my cousin's kids were my second cousins... I just call them all "cousin."
     
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  12. Ripcord22A

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    I see what u did there......

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  13. dfreybur

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    Count up the family tree from each person until you reach the common ancestor -

    Cousin, aunt, grand parent. 3 generations on that leg.

    Your kid, you, parent, grand parent. 4 generations on that leg.

    Count the generations and subtract. Smallest number of 3 and 4 is 3 - first cousin. Difference between 3 and 4 is 1 - once removed. First cousin once removed. In other words cuzz.

    Anthropology 101 Cultural Anthropology. I loved that class. I almost had a minor in anthropology by the time I completed my degree.
     
  14. Ripcord22A

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    So, my 1st cousin(aunts kid) is my kids 1st cousin once removed? And my cousins kids are my kids 2nd cousins but my 1st cousin once removed?

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  15. dfreybur

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    Exactly.
     
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  17. JMartinez

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    I'm the original poster of this pic. The genuine article can be found in the Grand Lodge of Texas in Waco.


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  18. dfreybur

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    We are discussing the English language here and how word meanings work. We left weird back at the temple and we have now been traveling several days since then. ;^)
     

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