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鲍喜顺 … a tall tale … beginning in 1951.

鲍喜顺 … a tall tale!


Bao Xishun (鲍喜顺) 

Bao Xishun ( (鲍喜顺) , a herdsman from Inner Mongolia, China was born in 1951. He has been recognized by Guinness World Records as one of the world’s tallest living men at 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in). His family is said to be descended from the offspring of Genghis Khan, the founder of Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), but he and his five siblings had a simple childhood. Until the age of 15 he was of normal height, but then he went through a massive growth spurt, reaching 2.1 metres by the time he was 20. He developed rheumatism when he was young, as he often slept outside on the grassland with legs uncovered.


His father took him to Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, in search of treatment. While he was there he was spotted by an army basketball coach, who was so impressed by his height that he recruited him.


Bao rates his time in the army as the happiest of his life, but unfortunately, his legs began to fail him and treatment proved ineffective. After three years in the army, Bao was discharged, and he returned to his grassland home and a life herding livestock.


His mother’s death when he was in his 40s came as a hammer blow. She had been an integral part of his life, making clothes and shoes for him and looking after his welfare.He shut himself off from the world until 2004, when a restaurant owner in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, transformed his life.The man, named Xin Xing, invited him to serve as a greeter for 10 days, and his extraordinary presence at the door quickly attracted attention from the press. 


A newspaper in Chifeng city helped him visit a local hospital, where doctors reassured him that he wasn’t suffering gigantism. Bao was relieved. “I’m a normal person, growing naturally,” he said. 
In late 2004, the local newspaper applied to Guinness for Bao to be listed as the tallest man living in the world. As he was 0.2 cm taller than the record holder Radhouane Charbib of Tunisia, he was awarded the title.


On July 21, 2005, Bao got the Guinness certificate in his hometown and was invited to London in September for a Guinness global activity, catapulting him to international fame.


Photo : China Daily

In 2006 Baowent to the port city of Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province to receive treatment for his rheumatism.His appearance in the clinic caused chaos. People gathered around and jostled for a view of the extraordinary sight, but Bao remained friendly and allowed people to take photos with him.
Despite his fame Bao, a very shy and gentle man, is philosophical about his situation …  “Wherever I appear, I immediately become the centre of attention. But back in my hometown, I still live a normal life.”


In December 2006, Bao Xishun was asked by veterinarians to assist them in removing shards of plastic from the stomachs of two dolphins. He was called in after the dolphins had accidentally swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China. The shards had settled in their stomachs and caused a loss of appetite and depression. Attempts by veterinarians to use instruments had failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs. 


Bao used his 1.06-metre long arms to reach into the dolphins’ stomachs and remove the plastic manually. Towels were wrapped around the dolphins’ teeth so he couldn’t get bitten. This unconventional operation was successful.


Only one important thing was now missing from Bao’s life …


After a global search for a suitable bride, he ended up falling for a saleswoman from his home city of Chifeng in northern China. Her name is Xia Shujuan and they were  married in March 2007. She is 25 years younger than her husband and two-thirds his height. 


Bao and his wife were  now legally married, but wanted to also have an authentic Mongolian ceremony.This took place on July 12, 2007 at the Genghis Khan holiday resort on the grasslands near Ordos City. Hundreds of people, some travelling for hours, turned up to watch the ceremony and wish the couple well. .Bao and his wife waved to the crowd before going into an enormous yurt where invited guests ate lamb and cheese and watched Mongolian song and dance shows.

Bao Xishun told reporters …

If we can have children, we’ll have children. If not, then not. If we have a child, I hope he or she can be 1.8-1.9-metres tall. Then he or she can play basketball.

 His bride said she was madly in love …

You need to have feelings for someone to be in love. Even if he is a big shot, you can’t love him without feelings.

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In October 2008 Bao’s wife gave birth to a son at a hospital in Zunhua Hebei province.


Just click on the YouTube link to watch this short clip. 

Long may your tale continue Bao.


With this ring I thee wed … in 1951 (part 3)

With this ring I thee wed … in 1951

(Part 3)


Denis & Margaret Thatcher

Denis & Margaret Thatcher (1951-2003)

Margaret and Denis Thatcher were married on December 13, 1951. The weather was cold and foggy. The ceremony took place at Wesley’s Chapel in City Road, London, England. The Rev. Skinner and Rev. Spivey officiated. Margaret wore a velvet dress in royal blue and an ostrich feathers trimmed hat. Their wedding reception was held at the home of Sir Alfred Bossom. As the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher made history but she wrote that she couldn’t have done it without her husband Denis by her side.



Diana Dors and Dennis Hamilton (1951 – 1959)

Diana Dors, England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, married  Dennis Hamilton, at 4.pm 3rd July 1951 at Caxton Hall registry office in Westminster. She was just nineteen and already a film star. The marriage lasted until Hamilton’s death in 1959.


OK … so that’s the marriages.




Frank Sinatra & Nancy Barbato

Elizabeth Taylor & Nicholas Conrad Hilton Jr.

Kirk Douglas & Diana Dill Douglas

Judy Garland & Vincente Minnelli

Mickey Rooney & Martha Vickers

Stanley Kubrick & Toba Etta Metz

Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour

Barbara Day and Charles Addams 

Note: Mr Frank ‘I did it My Way’ Sinatra divorced Nancy Barbato AND married Ava Gardner in 1951. Way to go Frank!



Sources: Celebrity Weddings in 1951


With this ring I thee wed … in 1951 (Part 2)

With this Ring I Thee Wed … in 1951

(Part 2)


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In 1949, the actor and comedian, Peter Sellers started to date Anne Howe, an Australian actress who lived in London. Sellers proposed to her in April 1950 and the couple were married on 15 September 1951. Their son, Michael, was born on 2 April 1954, and their daughter, Sarah, followed in 1958.


1951 – 1968

American singer and actress Doris Day married film producer and agent Martin Melcher in April 1951. Their marriage lasted until Melcher’s untimely death in April 1968, aged just 52.


1951 – 1952

American singer-songwriter Ray Charles married beautician Eileen Williams on July 31, 1951 in Georgia before a Fulton County justice of the peace. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1952.


With this ring I thee wed … in 1951 (Part 1)


(Part 1)


1951 was a pretty good year for celebrity weddings.



Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis were a glittering Hollywood couple, the Cruise and Kidman of the 1950s. Wherever they went, Curtis’ roguish good looks and Leigh’s childlike beauty drew the lenses of the paparazzi. Successful and ambitious, for a while they had it ‘all’, and that included love and two fine children called Kelly and Jamie lee. They divorced in 1962.

Ava Gardner married Frank Sinatra n 1951. Although they divorced she later described him as the love of her latest features.


Frank Sinatra met Ava Gardner in 1944, but saw her only sporadically until late 1949, when they began their relationship.They married in 1951. Their relationship was tempestuous and both were frequently made jealous by the other’s extramarital affairs. They separated in October 1953 and divorced in 1957.



Actor Patrick McGoohan married actress Joan Drummond in 1951 and it lasted until McGoohan’s death in 2009. Their marriage took place between a rehearsal and evening performance of The Taming of the Shrew, a production they were both cast in. They had three daughters, Catherine, Anne and Frances.