August 10, 2007

Too Much of a Good Thing: And I thought I had a hard time clothes shopping!
by docsmartypants

I’m really concerned about Leonid Stadnyk.

Who?

Leonid Stadnyk, the Ukrainian who was recently named the new World’s Tallest Man.

As someone who for many years lived with a roommate who, depending on what day you asked, topped out at 6′ 9″ or 6′ 10″, I’ve seen firsthand what a pain it is to be unusually tall. And Stadnyk is currently about 8′ 5″—and still growing. More importantly, unlike some previous World’s Tallest Man record holders, he sounds miserable about it.

In a 2004 AP article Stadnyk was quoted as saying, “My height is God’s punishment. My life has no sense.” He also said that (in addition to not having the money) his height makes it almost impossible to travel because “taking a public bus for me is the same as getting into a car’s trunk for a normal person.” He hasn’t had a girlfriend and he apparently had to quit his job as a veterinarian after he got frostbite on his feet from wearing inadequate shoes.

That’s just terrible.

The previous World’s Tallest Man was Bao Xishun; you know, the Chinese guy who saved those dolphins by sticking his arm down their throats and pulling the plastic bits out of their stomachs? He recently got married and seems to be pretty OK with life. But Stadnyk, well, I’m just hoping his new title as World’s Tallest Man will help him out. He was photographed with the Ukrainian president, so I’m guessing the publicity, while it may be embarrassing for him, will at least work in his favour. Dude, Nike, seriously—send this man some huge comfy shoes. And isn’t there a medical specialist somewhere who wants the positive PR of helping this guy out? Because being that tall leads to about a million negative impacts on your health. And you know, sure the guy is ginormous (hey, it’s a word in the dictionary, so I can use it now) but he’s not bad looking. There must be a nice woman out there looking for a guy who will always be able to reach stuff at the back of the highest kitchen cabinet and who will always make her look petite.

Anyway, good luck to him. Shchastia, Leonid!

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2 Comments to

“Too Much of a Good Thing: And I thought I had a hard time clothes shopping!”

  1. On August 12th, 2007 at 12:10 pm mattttttty Says:

    Excellent Post! As a big guy I can empathize with having to fold oneself into awkward places and situations, and being able to reach the top cabinet is why Anna keeps me around 🙂

  2. On September 3rd, 2007 at 12:24 am unrulyredhead Says:

    He really does seem like quite a catch. Now he drives around his village in his family’s horse-drawn cart. That sounds stylish and gallant.

    Maybe we should switch out the chariot for a Paul Olund-drawn cart to help me make my wedding day entrance. Hmmmm…

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