Thursday, 9 August 2007

The Tallest Man in the World!

Meet the tallest man in the world, this is 37 year old Ukraninan Leonid Stadnyk! he was measured at 2.57m (8ft 5in). to think I am only 5ft 6in :oS
This man had to stop using the bus because it became too small and instead had to use a horse drawn cart.
Many year ago, Nashnoosh of Libya used to be the 10th tallest man in the world according to the Guinness book of records but he was dropped from the list as more and more taller people were discovered.
I used to see Nashnoosh a lot in Tripoli when I was young, he was a celebrity in a way, I even once saw his car which did not have a drivers seat, instead a small round seat was fitted just in front of the back seat and that's were he sat when driving, another thing, some of his head used to stick out of the sunroof, strange sight!
Nashnoosh was actually approached by western film makers many years ago, he was asked to take part in a James Bond film but for some reason he declined, of course I can not confirm this but it was something told to me years ago.



Meet Leonid's shoe, can you believe this!! his shoe size is 64, mine is 7, I think I wont be bothered anymore about being short, :o) Alhamdulellah.

45 comments:

Lost-Libyan said...

lol Anglo, I dont think these people live long enough though!
by the way I used to know Nashnosh's cousin, he used to live on the my grandpa's street in Hai Andalus! :P
the shoe is way freaky, keep kids away ;)
haya ciao

Tarek Alwan said...

Dear Anglo-Libyan,

You know that as soon as I read about this guy this morning newspapre I immediately remembered Nashnosh, how tall he was?! You are right about his car as I was young and fascinated by the way he used to get in & get out of his car, I remember that I saw a couple of times in Suk El-Guima market where he used to sell stuff (vegetables if not mistaken), I think he is dead now, Allah yarhmah

Suliman said...

Hey, AL, this comment took me down memory lane... But first, there is a blog for very tall people, of course, and it has a couple of pictures of the young Mr. Nashnoush in PJs with some Italian folks, I believe. His pictures, a brief bio and further links are at http://8footersplus.blogspot.com/

Apparently he played basketball, acted once in a movie, and in the last year of his life, 90-91, he was the tallest man in the world.

He comes from a well known Tripoli family. My father told me that his father had a shop in the Koushet Saffar area, and he would get embarrassed when his young but very tall child would come and ask for candy and kids stuff.

I have two personal memories of him, one as a child in the late 60's, when he chased me and my sister in his car. That was in the parking lot of the al-Muwasat Hospital (built by the Palestinian Dr. al-Jarrah), later called al-'Oyoun hospital, and even later moved to its current (neighboring) location. We lived near there, and my sister and I came up to his car and were staring at him in awe. He naturally got pissed off and chased us away. I still remember vividly looking back as we ran, his deep eye sockets and big square head filling the windshield. He was accelerating his customized car with a stick mounted on the steering column, sort of like the signal or windshield actuator. The car was a sand-colored Fiat 1500, I believe, but again it was not standard.

My second memory of him was in the 76-77 frame. My brother and I helped him change a flat tire, as it was difficult for his lumbering figure to bend and move easily. It was on Treeg is-Soor, near the then Bab bin Ghisheer prep school. [Incidentally, my father was the contractor for the fence wall of that school...] Anyway, my sister-in-law, who had just come to Libya then, spotted him and yelled "Frankestein, Frankenstein!" lol lol At that time he had a white Peugeot station wagon, and of course he sat in the back seat. He was a complete gentleman, really kind and appreciative of our help. I did not tell him about the chase. I was just happy to let the second encounter dominate my memories of the gentle giant...

Anglo-Libyan said...

lost-libyan, many of these giants do die young I think.
I ahd no idea that nashnush died until I read Suliman's comment.

salam Tarek
many Libyans have memories of Nashnush, he was a Libyan celebrity, Allah Yehamah.

Suliman
first thank you for the link, fantastic pictures, I was really pleased to see pictures of Nashnush.
thanks for sharing those wonderful memories.
The car I saw him drive was a white Peugeot but although he looked like he was sitting at the back seat, in fact he had this tiny stool just infront of the back seat where he sat, possibly not the same car you saw :o)

Safia speaks said...

Frankenstein LOL! - but really what an evil thing to say to him!

But of course, the last laugh was his when he dropped the basketball down into the net...

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
WOW-Unbelievable! I can't imagine.

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you Safia & ibeebarbie :o)

PH said...

Anglo, i noticed you're updating the links on your sidebar and rearranging it and I noticed that two of the links have errors in them ( http is printed twice ):

1- ellocin1
2- Life's Cycle

:)

salaam and have a good weekend.

Living Away said...

i saw it last night and i laughed good!!
i'm 1.49 meter, no idea in inches, and i have many basketball players as friends. i use to refer to them as "littles"!

once i was in brasil and one of the players called saying they were in my home town and i met them in a restaurant. when i got there, the first thing i said was like "hi, littles". they all, a state team, stood up and the entire restaurant started laughing. it was very funny!!!
of course i got a chair, stood up on it and hugged each one of them! it was a very difficult task!

i love being petite and i guess i can use this tall guy shoes as my crib!

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks ph, I upgraded my template and used the links that I saved long time ago :o)

living away that is very funny, being short myself I always end up in funny situations too :o)

duniazad said...

updating my info here, i was still stuck on the mongolian as the tallest man ever :->

his wedding was in the news a while ago...i guess his wife cud use his shoe as a playpen/crib if they have kids

Weldemdina said...

I always find it difficult to buy my shoes, my size is 11 :o) but after reading your post I would say hamdulelah, the other day my son said to me “I hate my feet they are too big" so I told him " that’s because you are tall and if you have a smaller feet you will fall over " he looked at me and burst laughing. I seen Nashnoosh once in the late seventies I think at shar3 el zaway just getting out of his car he was an amazing man, Allah yar7mah.

No1-Honest Enough said...

i am agree with Tarek Alwan,talking about taller men,rminds me on Nashnosh.
i think it was so bad to dont` have the full stroy about him as he was the taller libyan man.

Any way,i think being a taller will be so intersting things to others..like models.

i am 127,my brother 185..
And that was so Stranger backing to how my parents were looks like:d both of them was 68 66 i guess..

alos the shooc size i wear size number 8 (41,5),my brother wear size number 46 .
my mother 38..!
my father 40..
we Are american LoooL
That is why..
But i am happy that we are not` so hight as that man..i think he is so poor for being so taller then others..
That is what allah gave it to him..
and i wish that was not`
نقمه


Alhmd allah 4 everything

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam Dunia
I remember the mongolian and the tunisian before him.
it seems this record changes constantly :o)

thans weldemdina, that was funny :o)

no-1, it would be great to read Nashnush's life story, shame no one thought of it.

r u sure you are 127cm with size 8 feet?? :o)

true that most of these giants suffer from ill health
Alhamdulellah.

No1-Honest Enough said...
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No1-Honest Enough said...

looooooooool i am 172,i wrote it wrong:P

i am 172 cm,with size 8 ,41,5 feet.

i cant` imagin that my taller 127 with feet 8:D
i will be more beauty:P

dusk till dawn said...

hello anglo-libyan
just to say ahllan and hope u r keeping well ,u been quite,
take care ,hope to see u r new post soon

mani said...

salam anglo??..where u at??

Weldemdina said...

AL inshalah everything is alright, hope to hear from you soon,take care.

No1-Honest Enough said...

إن شاء الله غيابك غياب خير

تحياتي

white african said...

sallam anglo, hope everything is alright on your end, inshallah its due to you being extremly busy and nothing else :)

dusk till dawn said...

just drop a line bro to say ur all ok

Anglo-Libyan said...

dusk til dawn
mani
weldemdina
no1-honest enough
white african

thank you all for your concerns, I have had some personal crisis but inshaAllah all will be OK and I will update soon :o)

Lost-Libyan said...

yeah...where have u been?! u never took a long break like this one ;)
hope all is fine

Brave Heart said...

at least u r alive man. hope every thing will be ok

PH said...

ان شاء الله لابأس يا انجلو و انشاء الله هذا حد السواء

مع السلامة

dusk till dawn said...
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dusk till dawn said...

so sadden to hear the bad news,our thoughts always will be with u, inshallah a dark cloud and will pass over.take care anglo-libyan,

Weldemdina said...

inshallah '7eer o rabi efarej take care.

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