Welcome to the TALLEST man in Key West, I take that back… Welcome to the TALLEST man in the recorded HISTORY OF THE WORLD!
Robert Wadlow (Feb. 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) was the tallest person in history for whom there’s irrefutable evidence. Wadlow is sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois being from Alton, Illinois. (Photo below)
Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in height and weighed 439 lbs at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood was due to hypertrophy 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 an 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.
More than 30,000 people attended Wadlow’s funeral on July 19. He was buried in a 10-foot-long, half-ton coffin that required twelve pallbearers to carry and was interred in a vault of solid concrete. Wadlow’s family was concerned for the sanctity of his body and wanted to ensure it would not be disturbed or stolen.
You can find a life-like statue of this gentle giant at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Key West located at 108 Duval Street.
Location, Location, Location!!! That phrase has been linked to real estate and yet applies fully to this Civil War Fort’s gazebo. True, this old fort has a gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and oh what a view it is!
Guys, this is that perfect place for a romantic picnic to tell her that “She’s even more beautiful than the view!” This would be an ideal place locally for those wanting to tie the knot here in the Keys while visiting on their next vacation or holiday.
You too can find this AWESOME gazebo by the sea on the grounds of the West Martello Tower Civil War Fort at Higgs Beach on the southeastern portion of the island. It’s so worth the FREE admission to picnic or just to spend 30-minutes of your next trip to Key West… believe me, you’ll thank me!
This headboard was found in a local bar on Duval Street in Key West. The blog’s title 8 Second Ride was a former hit for Country singer Jake Owen and has absolutely nothing to do with this blog! 🙂 Although I do like the song especially when he says “Hold on tight ’cause its gonna be wilder than any 8 second ride!” and he’s not talking about cattle either… and that’s no bull! 🙂
Have you ever wondered why rodeo cowboys ride for only 8 seconds? Here’s the lowdown before the hoedown on Rodeo schooling 101: The 8 second length of a qualified ride was devised purely for the safety and well-being of the animals involved. After 8 seconds the horse or bulls bucking ability decreases because of fatigue & adrenaline loss. A longer ride would lead to ‘breaking’ or the taming of the horse or bull in question. The 8 second ride allows the rodeo horses or bulls to continue competing longer at the best of their ability throughout their career in the arena. Don’t you feel smarter already! 🙂
You can pose for your own 8 second ride at Cowboy Bill’s on Duval Street here in the Cowboy Rodeo Capital Of The World Key West, Florida… OK, I just flat made up that last part! You may be stared at if wearing a cowboy hat in Key West but bring it on, I’ve worn mine many times! Yee Haw
This has to be the Key’s Most Elaborate Elevator! (or Lift if you’re from across the pond) 🙂 From the artwork on the glass to the picturesque frame surrounding it, this elevator screams out ‘WOW!’ Look at the smiles on the three faces inside the elevator, it has to be the most elaborate one they’ve ever seen too! Or are they just happy getting their pictures taken! 🙂
You can find the ‘Key’s Most Elaborate Elevator’ inside the World Wide Sportsman store at Mile Marker 81.4 on Highway US-1 bayside.
Wow, how beautiful is this! Probably the WIDEST oceanic mural in the Florida Keys! I’d venture to say that it’s one of the most ornately painted K-Mart stores in the entire country! Believe it or not, it’s in our own backyard at Mile Marker 50.1 oceanside on US-1.
YOU CAN’T MISS this oceanic wonder on the left hand side of the road as you drive thru the beautiful city of Marathon heading south. Stop and enjoy this painted splendor, it’s a good stopping point almost half way down the Keys for a photo and stretching your legs. This is well worth 5-minutes of your time and of course it’s FREE!
A tree collecting autographs, how cool is that! Its scientific name is ‘Clusia Rosea’… hmmm, to us laymen-type it’s simply known as an Autograph Tree native to the Bahamas and West Indies.
I was floored having never heard of such a tree and was amazed and fascinated at its properties to keep these autographs without killing the tree. It’s very neat to see and participate in etching your name into a vacant leaf… if you can find one! The four of us on the visit carved our names into it making great photos and memories.
You too can find and sign this Autograph Tree located on the grounds of the West Martello Tower at Higgs Beach on the southeastern portion of the island. Enjoy and have fun, it’s a hoot to see and do!
Where can you find what very well maybe the largest hand-carved wooden sailfish in the entire Florida Keys? I’m glad you asked! Oh yeah, whether it’s the largest or not doesn’t really matter, it’s an exquisite example of masterpiece artwork!
This sailfish is right at home being among it’s own kind (live and otherwise) surround by those who live to someday hook a real-life beauty of their own. If your getting my drift then you might actually drift away offshore in the pleasure craft of your choosing and toss out a line while crossing your fingers.
Enough riddles, you can find this mammoth master-crafted finned phenomenon inside the World Wide Sportsman store at Mile Marker 81.4 bayside in the upstairs portion above it’s equally unique elevator. Enjoy! This is yet another FREE experience in our beautiful ever changing Florida Keys!