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Gigantism is abnormal growth due to an excess of growth hormone during childhood. The most common cause of too much growth hormone release is a noncancerous (benign) tumor of the pituitary gland. Other causes include: Carney complex.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: Bloodydagger
I can tell from the newsprint front type that those stories from back probably before 1900. Those were the days of "yellow journalism when Mark Twain (Samuel Clements) was making a name for himself such as his newspaper story about a miraculous jumping frog in a Colorado mining camp, etc. Pure hogwash, but it was fun to read it in the newspapers back when they were the only form of media. Sorta like the internet today, if you know what I mean.
MOBERLY WEEKLY MONITOR – Moberly, Missouri – October 19, 1899 -
Estes outlined his plan. The editor-in-chief acquiesced. The St. Louis paper agreed to take 10,000 words by mail. Col. Provines wrote the story of the buried city, with Estes setting on his elbow, handing out the “facts.” It made “good stuff”. The colonel had studied the history and discoveries at Pompeii, and other towns that had been obliterated by volcanoes and earthquakes. The job was one to his liking and he did the subject justice. He created dazzling stalactites, peristyle, imposing statuary, fountains and gorgeous thrones. In fact nothing was omitted peculiar to the luxurious life of Pagan nobility.
Estes took the precaution to have two citizens sign their attesting marks to the thriller. The St. Louis paper took the whole thing without a grunt. It made a page. It was not until newspapers of the Mississippi Valley and some as far out as New York began telegraphing for pictures and sending out staff correspondence that the little subterfuge of the enterprising reporter was discovered.
The incident hurt neither Provines nor Estes. In fact the people of Moberly congratulated them many times over the handsome manner in which they fixed up the story and because of the fine advertisement it had proven for the town. Tim Collins was about the only man who was pestered by the joke. He had to put up a sign on his property which read as follows: “No burryied sity lunaticks aloud on these premises.” -
Big difference between giganticism we see now and "human skeletons three times the size of a normal human being".
Can you imagine seeing people walking around that were 15 - 18 feet tall?