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    Default A very tall tale

    From the Morning Chronicle 9 April 1830:





    Could this have been a belated April's Fool joke?

    For those without a handy calculator to hand they are claiming height of "exalted offspring" to be 49 feet 3 inches

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    Could it be referring to the combined height of all six sons, each one being around 6 foot something.

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    At just under 6ft 2in they were giants compared to the average of about 5ft 4in in the early 19th C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macwil View Post
    At just under 6ft 2in they were giants compared to the average of about 5ft 4in in the early 19th C.
    Further info (pdf download)

    Height, Weight, and Body Mass of the British Population Since 1820

    (Only problem is like all scientific research it's done in those foreign measurements, cms. etc.)

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    I'm guessing their mother was tall, too... you know, the one that doesn't get a mention, but who actually produced all these sons.

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