It is no longer news that people get noticed not just for their good looks and character but for their distinctive body features as well. Sultan Kösen has been widely recognized as the tallest living man.
He is a Turkish farmer with growth conditions like gigantism and acromegaly that is caused by a tumour affecting his pituitary gland.
The Guinness World Record states that Kösen stands 8 feet 2.8 inches tall. Sultan Kösen is the seventh verified tallest man that history has ever recorded as of 2009.
The tallest man revealed that his height has been of great advantage to him and his family. Also, he has shared that it also has some disadvantages as well.
Sultan Kösen’s Profile
Name: Sultan Kösen
Date of birth: 10 December 1982
Place of birth: Mardin, Turkey
Occupation: Farmer, Actor
Known for: Tallest man alive
Spouse: Merve Dibo
Height: 8 ft 2.8 in
Age: 38 years old
Here are 10 Odd Facts About Sultan Kösen
1. Sultan Kosen stopped schooling because of his height
At a very tender age, Sultan Kösen stopped schooling because of his uncontrollable height. So he resulted to work as a part-time farmer instead.
2. He received gamma knife treatment to stop his growth
In 2010, Kösen began to receive gamma knife treatment for his pituitary tumor. He received treatment at the University of Virginia medical school.
It was during the treatment that he was given medication to control his growth hormone and in March 2012, it was confirmed that his excessive growth has been halted by the treatment he received.
3. His wife speaks only Arabic while he speaks Turkish
Sultan Kösen met his wife, Merve Dibo through a mutual friend. They only dated for a few months after she traveled from her hometown, Hasaki, Syria to Dede koy, turkey to meet Kosen.
Despite the warnings she received on not marrying the world’s tallest man, Merve Dibo married him anyway.
The two fell in love almost immediately and did not allow anyone to discourage their union.
Not even Kösen’s incredible height could stand in their way. Merve Dibo stands 5 feet 9 inches while her husband stands at 8 feet 2.8 inches.
His wife is ten years younger than him but that was not their problem at first. The biggest challenge Kösen was faced with was communicating with his beloved wife.
4. Sultan Kösen met the world’s shortest man ever in London
During the Guinness World Records Day in London, Sultan Kösen met the world’s shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi on 13 November 2013.
5. He also has the largest hands and second-largest feet
Sultan Kösen is not only known for his height but for his hands and feet also. According to the Guinness World’s Records, his hands measured 11 inches while his left foot measured 14 3/8 inches and the right one 14 inches. This makes him have the record of the second largest feet.
6. He is a member of the Magic Circus of Samoa
Kösen has participated in various shows around the world. In 2014 he joined the Magic Circus of Samoa.
7. Sultan Kösen body measurements makes it difficult for him to get clothes
The tallest man alive shared his experiences while growing up. He listed dome disadvantages that he faced because of his height.
Kösen complained about how hard it was for him to get clothes and shoes that would fit him. He also added that it was also difficult for him to fit into a regular-size car.
8. Advantages of his height
Sultan Kösen shared that even though his height has some disadvantages, it also has some advantages. He mentioned that aside from seeing from a great distance, he also helps his family with other domestic tasks like changing light bulbs and also hanging curtains.
9. His family members are all average size
It is quite surprising to know that Kösen is the only person in his family with such height. All his family members are of average height.
10. He has featured in a couple of Nollywood movies
His incredible record has brought more than just fame to him. He has been invited to star in some Hollywood movies.
The 38 year-old tallest man alive made his movie debut in 2016 with the movie, ‘Achieving the Impossible. It seems the farmer has swapped farming for acting.