Sunday, March 9, 2014

Your Daily Giant 6/19/2013

Today's Daily Giant comes from the Providence Evening Press, September 13, 1883 pg 4. From the article,

"Hon. J. H. Haley, a well known and reliable citizen of Barnard, Mo., wrote to the St. Joseph Gazette the particulars of the discovery of a giant skeleton four miles southwest of that place. A farmer named John W. Hanson found the bones protruding from the bank of a ravine that has been cut by the action of the rains during the past years. Mr. Hanson worked several days unearthing the skeleton, which proved to be that of a human being, whose height was twelve feet. The head through the temple was twelve inches; from the lower part of the skull at the back was fifteen inches and the circumference forty inches. The ribs were nearly four feet long and one and three quarter inches wide. The thigh bones were thirty inches long and large in proportion. When the earth was removed the ribs stood up high enough to enable a man to crawl in an explore the interior of the skeleton, turn around and come out with ease. The first joint of the great toe, above the nail, was three inches long and the entire foot eighteen inches in length. The skeleton lay on its face twenty feet below the surface of the ground and the toes were imbedded in the earth, indicating that the body either fell or was placed when the ground was soft. Some of the bones crumbled on exposure to air but many good specimens were preserved and are now on exhibition at Barnard. Medical men are much interested. The skeleton is generally pronounced a valuable relic of the prehistoric race."

Not much more to say here, you either believe the testimonial of several thousand people over hundreds of years, often reported in scientific journals, town histories and reputable newspapers, or you believe something else, simple as that.

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