Sunday, November 28, 2010

California couple become world tallest man, wife

California couple become world tallest man, wife

CALIFORNIA: A California couple have become the world's tallest man and wife after a ceremony in Hollywood this week.

Guinness World Records bestowed the towering distinction on Wayne and Laurie Hallquist under the marquee at its Hollywood museum.

The Hallquists, who live in Stockton, California, measure a combined 13 feet, 4 inches, or 407.4 centimeters, to be exact. He stands 6 feet 10.4 inches, she 6 feet 5.95 inches, the Guinness organisation said.

"It's a whole different perspective up here, and we can find each other quite easily in a crowd," the bride said.

"We can see several people going bald that might not know it at the moment," her husband joked.

The Hallquists said that when they met at a church singles club in 2003, they could tell that others around them were sizing up a possible love affair because of their height.

"She walked in, everyone looked at her, then they looked at me," he said.

They have been married for seven years, but it took the Hallquists until this year to contact Guinness World Records.

The couple said they were discouraged at first from making a play for world's tallest couple, because they read online that a man and a woman each standing over 7 feet (213 centimeters) had married in the 19th century.

Only this year did they realise they could compete in another category: world's tallest living married couple.

"There may be people who are taller than the Hallquists, but unless we go out and can measure them, the Hallquists have the record all to themselves," said Guinness World Records adjudicator Stuart Claxton.


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