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Russian giant – the tallest man ever lived on earth after biblical Goliath

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Fyodor Andreevich Makhnov at one time knew almost the whole world. The fact is that he was the tallest man. Weighing 182 kilograms, his height was 285 centimeters, and a 12-year-old child could easily fit in his boot.

Fedor Makhnov was born on June 6, 1878 in the village of Kostyuki, Vitebsk district (now Belarus) into a poor family.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

The Makhnov family was taller than average, but not giants.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

Fedor’s mother died during childbirth, the child turned out to be very large. The grandfather took up the upbringing of the boy.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

At first, Fyodor Makhnov developed as befits an ordinary child, but by the age of eight he began to grow vigorously. At the age of 12, his growth has already reached two meters. His foot was 51 centimeters, and his palm was 32 centimeters.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

Corresponding to the growth was his strength – he could easily lift an adult or drag a cart with hay up the hill. The landowner Korzhenevsky, hired the young hero to clear the river from boulders that interfered with the work of the water mill.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

When Fedor turned 14, due to his abnormal growth, he even had to rebuild the hut. Children laughed at him because of his height, in response the giant hung their hats on the ridge of the roof or shed.

Once the owner of a nomadic circus, Otto Bidinder, noticed the young giant at a market in Vitebsk, where Fyodor worked part-time to earn money for clothes and shoes that were made to order for him.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

At that time, unusual people were very popular, because Otto persuaded Fyodor’s relatives to let the young man go to Germany.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

First, Fyodor Makhnov studied German and circus arts. At the age of 16, the young man signed a contract to work in a circus. Fyodor broke bricks with the edge of his palm, unbend horseshoes, and while lying down he could lift a platform with a small orchestra. But the majority of people came to the performances to see the real giant with their own eyes – by the age of 25 Makhnov had grown to 2 meters and 85 centimeters.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

The food of the giant corresponded to such dimensions. For breakfast, he ate an omelet of 20 eggs, 8 loaves of bread and two liters of tea, for lunch – two and a half kilograms of meat and the same amount of potatoes. 

Also, Makhnov could sleep for more than 24 hours and overall, spent nine years working in the circus where he became a wealthy person.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

At the beginning of the twentieth century, he moved to his native land, where he bought the land of the landowner Korzhenevsky, and remade the estate to fit his height and named it Velikanovo. Bidinder sent materials for construction from Germany. Makhnov maintained friendly relations with Otto Bidinder until the end of his life.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

Despite his considerable fortune and good disposition, the giant could not find a mate for a long time. As a result, he married a rural teacher, Efrosinya Lebedeva. The girl was taller than average, but still a meter shorter than her husband. The wife gave birth to Fyodor five children. Sometimes Fyodor Makhnov went to work in Europe – he performed in circuses and his popularity did not fall. 

Often he was invited to social events, where he managed to amuse the guests by lighting cigarettes from the chandelier. Traveling was difficult for Makhnov: transport, hotels and restaurants did not match the giant’s growth.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

Fyodor Makhnov died in 1912 at the age of 34. The cause of death is not exactly known. Fyodor was buried at the cemetery in the village of Kostyuki. The stone gravestone reads:

“Fedor Andreevich Makhnov. Born June 6, 1878. He died on August 28, 1912. The tallest man in the world. The height was 3 yards 9 vershoks.” 

In fact, the height is indicated incorrectly: the value of 3 arshins 9 vershoks (254 centimeters), which is 30 centimeters less than the actual one, was taken from the contract that Fedor Makhnov concluded at the age of 16.

The tallest man on earth lived in the Russian Empire

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Vampire from the Australian state of Victoria: A rare disease doomed a little boy to live in the dark

Vampire from the Australian state of Victoria: A rare disease doomed a little boy to live in the dark 99


A little boy from the Australian state of Victoria is doomed to live in the dark due to his skin’s increased sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. This is reported by the NZ Herald.

George Maddern, who is now 18 months old, was born with a rare condition – pigmented xeroderma. Because of this, the boy is allergic to sunlight.

These people are killed by the rays of the sun. They hide from the light and go outside after sunset

Every day, the child and his parents face many problems. For Maddern to play in the house, all the shutters must be closed and the windows must be tightly curtained. To go outside, he must be wrapped in blankets and put on gloves, since no part of his skin should be exposed to the sun.

The disease increases the chance of skin cancer by 10 thousand times, and there is a 25 percent chance that sunlight can affect the boy’s vision, hearing and nervous system. Xeroderma is incurable.

“This diagnosis means that George cannot play outside, walk up to UV-protected windows, and even attend any events if halogen lamps are used in the room where they are held,” the child’s uncle explained.

The boy has already been hospitalized with severe burns to his face after spending a short time in the sun without protection.

The family wants to build a special gazebo that will serve as a playground for the child, large enough to accommodate a trampoline, basketball hoops and slides. Also, the boy’s parents plan to tint the windows of the house and the car, install sensors that measure the level of ultraviolet radiation and buy clothes with UV protection.

To date, crowdfunding has raised over 63,000 Australian dollars.

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“Alien Challenge” continues: Another mysterious monolith found in Romania

"Alien Challenge" continues: Another mysterious monolith found in Romania 100
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Another mysterious monolith, the appearance of which previously puzzled the authorities of the American state of Utah, this time discovered in the east of Romania, writes the Daily Mail newspaper.

Last week, it was reported that Utah Public Safety officials had found a structure of shiny metal about twice as tall in the desert. After a few days, the monolith disappeared. According to the local land administration bureau, “an illegally installed structure called a” monolith “was removed <…> by an unknown party.”

The Romanian monolith was erected on a hill near the town of Piatra Neamt, a few meters from the ruins of the Dacian fortress of Petrodava. It was discovered on November 26th.

Roxana Josanu, a spokeswoman for the Culture and Historical Heritage Department of Neamt County, said the authorities were studying the “strange emergence” of a monolith about four meters high. 

“Before anything can be installed here, the permission of our organization is required, which must be approved by the Ministry of Culture,” she added.

The monolith in Romania, unlike the construction in Utah, is not a rectangle, but a rectangular trapezoid with a beveled top. Besides, its surface is covered with “patterns”.

Earlier, the media noted that the find in the Utah desert is similar to the alien obelisk from the Stanley Kubrick movie “A Space Odyssey 2001”, except for the fact that it is not black, but silver. It was assumed that we are talking about an art object.

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Hitler’s secret bunker with photographs and coins discovered in Argentina

Hitler's secret bunker with photographs and coins discovered in Argentina 101
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Secret hideouts that were supposedly intended for Adolf Hitler have been discovered 600 miles north of Buenos Aires, Express reports.

It is alleged that even the Fuehrer of Nazi Germany after the end of the war in 1945 could have lived in the found refuge.

Former U.S. Special Forces soldier Tim Kennedy and CIA veteran Bob Baer told Express that Hitler’s likely hideout is 600 miles north of Buenos Aires. There are legends among the locals about why three buildings were built in a remote region of Argentina.

It is reported that archaeologists found during excavations a common photo of the leader of the Nazi Reich Hitler and his Italian colleague Benito Mussolini. Also, archaeologists allegedly found a box with gold coins minted in Germany in 1940, as well as a photograph of a child in Nazi uniform.

According to declassified FBI documents, the Nazi dictator planned to hide in an Argentine bunker in case of defeat, but did not manage to leave Germany – the Soviet army captured Berlin, and Hitler himself committed suicide. Hitler’s corpse was found burnt on the ruins of the Reich Chancellery in May 1945. The FBI studied the theory that a double died in Berlin and Hitler took refuge in Argentina. However, a dental study published in 2018 refutes this theory and confirms the death of the dictator in Berlin.

Today, any artifacts associated with Adolf Hitler acquire immense commercial value. Hitler’s telegram to Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner , written a few days before his suicide, was put up for sale at an auction in the United States. The owners planned to bail out up to $ 80 thousand for it.

The corner yellow house, in which Hitler was born and spent his childhood, will finally come into full ownership of the state. The Austrian edition of The Local names the amount of the transaction: for an empty house in Branau am Inn, the owner will receive 810 thousand euros. The Gerlinde Pommer family owned the yellow corner house in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border for almost a century, either selling it or buying it back. The building is unremarkable, except that it was there that on April 20, 1880, Clara Hitler, the wife and part-time niece of Alois Hitler, gave birth to her first son, Adolf.

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