somewhere a tenured, 40-years-at-the-ol'-University historian will argue you that back in the day, the Chinese would elongate the bones of the highly revered royal families from birth. the Chinese were also cannibals and there are known writings that say they wore roman-style loin clothes under their robes. and the lil boys fiddled with big boys. in public baths. women sat home and begged for a war to take their husbands away...
In 1520, the explorer Ferdinand Magellan spent the winter in Patagonia. According to the story told by Magellan’s chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, the natives they encountered were extremely tall - Pigafetta estimated they stood between 9 and 12 feet. A hundred years after Magellan, Sir Francis Drake’s chronicler confirmed Pigafetta’s account, but reduced the giants’ size down to a "mere" seven and a half feet. - Princeton University
And the photographic evidence! Most stories I've read of giants describe 6 fingers and 6 toes. I tried counting digits on your posted pics but most of the giants had their hands covered. A few did not and they only had the usual 5 & 5. Not a debunking, just an observation.
A focal lenth of that size you should be able to see the big bang. Built for exhibition and of no use? LoolInteresting that there are like two pictures of this device only. @Hardy, lol, you should have started a separate thread for this thing.
And the same story continues.
The company which had organized in 1886 to build the telescope declared bankruptcy after the Expo, and the telescope was put up for auction in 1909. No buyer was found and eventually the components were scrapped.
Since it was built for exhibit purposes within a large metropolis, and its design made it difficult to aim at astronomical objects, it was not suited for scientific use. When the year-long exposition was over, its builders were unable to sell it. It was ultimately broken up for scrap;
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