Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jolly Green Giant…Neither Green Nor Jolly, Discuss.

Height is an aspect of genetics and the way some people are identified in this world. Height is such a determining factor when it comes to aspects of life such as tall people play basketball and in a police line up your asked how tall they were. We see so many people who are tall in our daily lives that it doesn’t affect us all that much. Yet when we see someone who we would consider to be a giant, usually they are people who are almost eight feet or taller, we tend to stand and look in awe.
There are those people out there who grow to such heights that even the tallest of basketball players seem to be short. The occurrence of such genetic anomalies is rare and because of that they are very well recorded. Yet there was a time in history when it was reported that there were a great tribe of giants nine foot plus that roamed the land. The land in particular was in the European area and not really North America.

There have been stories of these giants for years and in fact as far back as biblical times. Just look at the story of David and Goliath when David slayed the mighty giant Goliath with a simple slingshot and a well placed rock.

Giants have always had a place in history not only from the bible, but also in mythology such as with the Cyclops and even the Gods themselves were giants, and we cannot forget about atlas who carried the world on his shoulders. The fascination with them is a bit mysterious or it could be the sideshow aspect that we like to stare at something we do not understand.

In fact the fascination with giants is such a draw and profitable draw that PT Barnum had a giant skeleton fashioned in order to claim its authenticity. His giant, over ten foot tall, was fashioned after the Cardiff giant, which too was a great hoax in and of itself. People from all over the world would come to stare at the preserved bones of this giant man who once walked the earth.

Now scientists are still debating whether or not there was a tribe of giant people standing over ten feet tall yet every now and then giant human bones to make their way to the surface. Is there clear cut evidence that this tribe of giants existed or could it be they to only had a few anomalies like we do today and we just happen to get lucky when finding the bones?

In either case it is left up to you for debate as you can draw your own conclusion whether or not these giants were and are real. I would like to think that there was a tribe of giants many years ago because it just further makes the history of the world that much more unique. How and why were they that tall? Were they stronger and smarter? Who knows for sure, but it is something to ponder.

Be safe and remember not all giants are gentle,

Jon Bolton
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