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World’s Tallest Man Ready to Burn Up Instagram in Costa Mesa

How’s this for a super-cool field trip? As part of the festivities at the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival 2013, taking place today through Sunday in Costa Mesa, area students grades K through 12 will be getting to meet the world’s tallest man.

Sultan Kosen is a staggering eight feet, three inches tall. He hails from the Turkish town of Mardin and, as part of the weekend festival, will be installed at an exhibit celebrating his city and its famous hillside stone houses. Event organizers have created a replica of one such a home for attendees to check out and pose at.

Kosen swung through San Diego on his way up to the OC, accompanied by interpreter Atilla Kahveci of LA’s Pacifica Institute. From a Channel 10 report:

Kosen told San Diego mayor Bob Filner he realized at the age of 10 that he would be very tall, since he was already six feet. He said a tumor in his pituitary gland fueled his growth and limited his vision, which he said is 90 percent in one eye and 60 percent in the other. It took multiple surgeries to remove the tumor, he said.

Kosen walks with the help of crutches since a car accident caused weakening of the muscles in his legs.

Admission to the fourth annual Anatolian event, named after cradle-of-civilization region Anatolia, is $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 7 and up, free for children ages six and under and $9.00 for military personnel. Parking in assigned lots cost $5.00.

[Photo courtesy Kahveci]

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