Carlos’ Top 5 Giant Facts

young-vols-stamp1Hello Everyone, Carlos here. Keeping with the Summer Reading Challenge theme, and in celebration of one of Roald Dahl’s most famous works, ‘The BFG’, I have decided to look at giants and gigantic things of all kinds.

 

5. Komodo Dragon – The Komodo Dragon is a living example of Island Gigantism, where animals living on islands become much larger than their relatives elsewhere. It is much more uncommon and less well-known than the reverse, Island Dwarfism, where animals living on islands become much smaller than their relatives elsewhere.

4. The Cyclops – The Cyclopes (plural of Cyclops) were a race of one-eyed giants from Greek Mythology. The original group of Cyclopes were metal workers and blacksmiths, who helped Cronus overthrow Uranus, then they helped Zeus overthrow Cronus, after Cronus betrayed them. The Cyclopes also forged Poseidon’s trident and gave Hades a helmet of invisibility. Their descendants became shepherds and lived on islands south of Greece. One of these Cyclopes, Polyphemus, fought the Greek Hero Odysseus.

3. Giant Squid & Colossal Squid – Another example of a biological event that often makes animals bigger is Deep-Sea Gigantism, where species of invertebrates and other deep-sea dwelling organisms are much larger than their shallower water relatives. The giant squid and the colossal squid are the perfect examples of this, with the maximum size for giant squid being 43 ft (females) and 33 ft (for males), the maximum size for colossal squid being between 39 feet to 46 feet, and possibly weighing up to 750 kilograms.

 

Image result for robert wadlow2. The Barnes Noble Bookstore at 105 Fifth Ave at 18th Street, New York City, USA – This Barnes & Noble Bookstore is the world’s biggest bookshop, covering 154,250ft² and having 12.87 miles of shelving.

1. Robert Wadlow – At 8 feet and 11 inches tall, Robert Wadlow is the tallest man in recorded medical history, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for World’s tallest man. Sadly, Wadlow died only aged 22, due to a septic blister on his right ankle caused by a poorly fitted brace, which had been installed only a week earlier. But his legacy as history’s tallest man lives on.

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