40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
The man who went from a dwarf to a giant
Usually, we would consider dwarfism and gigantism to be on opposite ends of the size spectrum. One is very small, the other is very large! But one man experienced both within his lifetime. Adam Rainer was considered a dwarf for much of his life, reaching a height of 3 feet 7.9 inches at the age of 19. However, because of a tumor on his pituitary gland, he hit a massive growth spurt. At age 33, he stood 7 feet 2 inches tall. That’s a growth of nearly four feet in 14 years! Sadly, Rainer’s gigantism kept him bedridden for the rest of his adult life, and he died at the age of 51. At the time of his death, his height was recorded at 7 feet 8 inches.