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Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby GROSMONT » 11 Jul 2011, 22:08

I can't seemed to find the recent discussion of the Kentucky Giant skeleton in the Mutter Museum.
I was arguing against the assumption that it must be Jim Porter, and I've just realised that there is another candidate, who was 23 (almost the estimated age of the bones) in 1860, which is much closer to the date the museum got the skeleton than was Porter, who died in 1859 at the age of 49. Go to the "more information needed" list and scroll down to James M Baker. There seems to be no information as to when he died, but if he did so shortly after the 1860 reports, and was later stolen from his grave, he'd fit the bill better than Porter.
So much for the claim that there couldn't have been two Kentucky giants!
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby GROSMONT » 11 Jul 2011, 22:11

Whoops, I meant John M. Baker. You can always rely on me to get something wrong.
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby The Tallest Man » 11 Jul 2011, 22:18

GROSMONT wrote:Whoops, I meant John M. Baker. You can always rely on me to get something wrong.


Have you read the page for The Kentucky Giant? ;)

He might be a bit too short though.

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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby lasoi » 11 Jul 2011, 22:34

He probably was too short. I will admit though that the picture of the kentucky giant skeleton with the two men standing at his sides makes me wonder if it really is 7'6". But Dr. Hinsdale and the museum measured it at 7'6" didn't they?

The problem is that those men at its sides would both have to be around 6' barefooted for the skeleton to be that tall. If they were average height the skeleton looks to be around 7'2". But then if you add 4" for scoliosis he would be 7'6". But Dr. Hinsdale specifically says that the skeleton was 7'6" and probably 4" inches taller if the spine wasn't diseased. They must just be tall men. I can't imagine that the skeleton would have shrunk with age. Or my measurements could be wrong too I suppose.
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby Never Wrong » 11 Jul 2011, 22:53

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Unless I'm very much mistaken, and therefore am Grosmont, I think that's our good Doctor Humberd on the left.
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby lasoi » 11 Jul 2011, 22:55

I see that benloe and FeelFree are ahead of us on this one.
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It's impossible to see the bottoms of Dr. Humberd's shoes in this photo but the chart gets us in the ballpark. Strange really. Why does the skeleton appear to measure so much shorter than Dr. Hinsdale's supposed measurements?
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby lasoi » 11 Jul 2011, 23:34

This is benloe's excellent and eye opening chart reposted. Hope you don't mind benloe.
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby ghbearman » 12 Jul 2011, 00:03

why is Aasen's skeleton 6 inches taller than it should be! :lol:
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby lasoi » 12 Jul 2011, 00:07

Because it's about six inches off the ground. You have to go by the bottom line of the yellow box at the top of the skull. That's about how tall the skeleton would be if it could stand on the ground...which is still a bit taller than the Kentucky Giant's skeleton.
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Re: Another candidate for the Kentucky Giant

Postby The Tallest Man » 12 Jul 2011, 00:10

ghbearman wrote:why is Aasen's skeleton 6 inches taller than it should be! :lol:


Aasen's skeleton is a bit raised compared to the other 2. The Kentucky Giant comes out a bit short on these images, and Henry Mullens proves he was every bit of 7 feet 6.75 inches. That is what it looks like to me.

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