14. Anna Bates
Standing 243 cm (7’ 11’’) tall, Anna was the tallest woman ever born. But records don’t stop there.
Anna gave birth to what historians call the largest newborn ever recorded. You will be disappointed to know the gigantic baby weighing 12 kg and measuring 76 cm did not survive more than 11 hours. It was Anna second unsuccessful attempt to deliver a child.
Maybe it had something to do with her husband. Martin Van Buren Bates also ranked as a giant, although a bit shorter than Anna – 232 cm (7’ 7.5’’). With such a formidable gene pool no wonder their babies were no match for the rudimentary tools of 19th-century Obstetrics.
Some say it’s better it ended this way. Anna and Martin could have started a new race of giants.