WikiPick of the Day: The Irish Giant

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*WikiPick of the Day!*

Today's Pick comes from our Notables Project - The Irish Giant!  Patrick Cotter O'Brien stood 8 ft 1 in tall during his lifetime, the first of thirteen people to reach a height of 8 ft or taller.  He died on this day, September 8, 1806, presumably from the disease gigantism.

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

I'm a bit disturbed that he wanted his body entombed in twelve feet of solid stone as he didn’t want it exhumed for scientific or medical research, and then in 1972 it was exhumed for studying and one of his arms is now preserved at a medical museum in London! It's really quite shameful. I really get why Shakespeare penned a curse for his gravestone to anyone who interferes with his remains when I read stories like this.

Oh I know, I found that disturbing as well.  I haven't dug into it yet to see who it was that exhumed his body but I'm curious as to who and how that happened.
Me too Eowyn, its pricked my interest for sure. Similar to what happened to Einsteins brain when he passed and it got taken without permission. Now its in slithers all over the place! We can be a weird race sometimes :/

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