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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:Some giant people I wish I`d seen.

Hi y`all.

The other week I came across a strange newspaper story I reproduce below, from the Michigan Plaindealer of December 11th 1891.

GIANTS OF OLDEN TIMES

A Number Who Lived on the Road from long ago to now

In one of his recent lectures Prof. J.A.Williams alludes to the discovery of an enormous lizard 80 feet in length ,says the St. Louis Republic. The professor infers (as no living specimen of that magnitude has been found) that the species which it represents has become degenerated. The verity of his position he endeavours to enforce by an allusion to the well-known existence of human giants in olden times. The following is the list upon which this singular hypothesis is based:

A giant exhibited in Rouen in 1830. Prof Williams says measured nearly 18 feet in height.

Gorapius once saw a girl of 12 years who was 10 feet high.

The giant Galabria, brought from Arabia to Rome during the reign of Claudius Caesar, was 10ft high.

Fannum, who lived in the time of Eugene II, measured 11 feet 6 inches in height.

Chevalier Scrog, while exploring a cavern in the Peak of Teneriffe, found a skull which must have belonged to a man at least 15 feet high. It contained sixty perfect teeth of monstrous size.

The giant Ferregus, slain by Orlando, the nephew of Charlemagne, was 28 feet high and so heavy that no horse could be found that was strong enough to bear him.

In 1814 the tomb of a giant was opened at St Germain who must have been at least 30 feet high during life.

As late as 1850 a human skeleton 19 feet long was discovered at Rouen, France. The skull, which was perfect with the exception of the under jaw, held over a bushel of wheat.

In 1824, near the castle of Dauphine, a monstrous tomb was discovered. It was 30 feet long, 16 wide and 8 high. The inscription “Kintolochus Rex” was cu in the hard, grey stone. The skeleton was found entire, 15 ½ feet long, 10 feet across the shoulders and 5 feet from the breast-bone to the back.

The vicinity of Palermo, Italy, has yielded three remarkable human skeletons, one in 1410,one in 1516 and the last in 1550. The first was 21, the second 30 and the third 34 feet in height.

In 1815 a skeleton was dug up near Mazrino, Sicily, the skull of which was as large as a common wine cask. Each of the teeth weighed seven ounces.
                                     

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