Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Invites Man Stripped of 'World’s Tallest' Crown to Reclaim His Throne at the New Ripley’s London Attraction on Sept. 3

RJ Note: How odd! They "stripped" him of his title but are willing to give it back IF he shows up on opening day? Guess they no longer believe medical practitioners. Guess they now have to see it themselves. Hmmm. What a concept.

Here's the story.

BUSINESS WIRE --With the recent news that Guinness World Records has stripped the "worlds tallest man" of his title, London's Ripleys Believe It or Not! is offering Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk the chance to reclaim his crown.

Ripleys Believe It or Not!, which recently opened in London's Piccadilly Circus, is offering to pay for Stadnyk to come to a gala event on September 3, where Guinness officials will be waiting with a tape measure to see if he can reclaim his crown.

Guinness World Records previously crowned 8 feet 5.5 inch Stadnyk the world's "Tallest Living Man" based on a statement provided by his medical practitioner. New guidelines, however, stipulate all contenders to the Tallest Living Man title must be measured in person by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator. Repeated requests to measure Stadnyk went unanswered, and as a result, Guinness World Records returned the title to China's 7 feet 8.95 inches Bao Xi Shun.

On September 3, the quirky and world famous Ripleys Believe It or Not!, the global authority on the weird, strange and bizarre, will celebrate the opening of its London attraction with a red-hot-carpet gala filled with celebrities and human Believe it or Nots!

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