World's Tallest Man Weds, But Wife Doesn't Measure Up

Mongolian marries 5'6" hometown honey
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 5:26 PM CDT
World's Tallest Man Weds, But Wife Doesn't Measure Up
The world's tallest man, Bao Xishun, who stands 2.36 metres (7 feet 8 inches), as his bride is unveiled at their public wedding ceremony at the tomb of Kublai Khan on the outskirts of Erdos, in China's northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Thursday, July 12, 2007. Bao married 1.68-meter-tall Xia...   (Associated Press)

A 7-foot, 9-inch livestock herder from Inner Mongolia has tied the knot with a saleswoman two-thirds his height and almost half his age. Bao Xishun, 56, and Xia Shujuan, 29, had a traditional Mongolian ceremony and extravagant reception, and some 15 businesses looking to get in on the publicity sponsored the lavish festivities, Reuters reports.

Guinness officially declared Bao the tallest man in the world last year; he edged out the previous title holder by only 2mm. The newlyweds both hail from the town of Chifeng. "If we have a child, I hope he or she can be 1.8 -1.9 metres [5'9"-6'2"] tall. Then he or she can play basketball," Bao said. (More tallest man in the world stories.)

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