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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

8 CRAZY FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ANDRE THE GIANT

Andre the Giant is a pro wrestling legend, a pop-culture icon and a true man if ever there were one.

Yes, while you may have known him as a professional wrestler who died in 1993, below are crazy facts you may not have known about him:



1. He Was A Giant At Age 12:

Andre was a giant at an early age. At just 12 years old, he was already 6'3"
(I'm 6'2" right now, and I'm 20 something years old.)

2. He once reportedly drank 16 bottles of wine in four hours.

Although it's not documented by Guinness, Andre holds the unofficial world record for most beers drank in a single sitting. That mind-blowing number: 119.

3. He Always Insisted On Paying For Alcoholic Drinks at The Bar.

To say Andre treated his friends well would be an understatement, especially when booze was involved. One time a friend of Andre's tried to sneak off and pay the entire table's bill, but upon handing his credit card to the waiter, the friend was lifted off the ground by Andre the Giant, carried back to the table and deposited into his chair like a baby.

That friend was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

4. He Might've Molested Hulk Hogan:

In a 2011 interview, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan told a story about Andre. While Andre was covering an opponent for the pin, he'd shove his gargantuan thumb up the other wrestler's ass.

5. He Was Too Big To Be A Soldier

Andre was once drafted to serve in the French army, but after the physical, he was rejected. Why? Because there were no regulation shoes or clothes that would fit him, nor a bed long enough for him to sleep on.

6. His Fingers Were Too Big For Normal Rings 

When one is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, he receives a one-of-a-kind ring. But in Andre's case, being that each of his fingers was the size of a Ballpark hotdog, all of his rings had to be specially made. In fact, the entire hand of an average-size man could fit through one of Andre's custom-made rings.

7. "Andre The Giant" Became His Legal Name

Though his God-given name is Andre Rene Roussimoff, Andre signed all of his personal checks as "Andre the Giant." Should that little discrepancy have rendered all those checks as void? Perhaps. But no bank teller ever had balls big enough to bring it up.

8. He Reportedly Used Bathtubs As Toilets

Over in Japan, Andre the Giant was a major wrestling attraction, able to make big bucks -- $15,000 to $20,000 per match. Andre's travel conditions drove him crazy. His size was even more of an issue in Japan, a place not always accommodating to a man of his size. To that end, it's been said that while in Japan, Andre would often take sh*ts in bathtubs, and that he'd wipe with curtains.
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