Leonid Stadnik knows how the weather is up there. The 8-foot-5 Ukrainian was declared the planet's tallest man by Guinness World Records yesterday, the AP reports, displacing a 7-9 Mongolian. Stadnik is 6 inches short of the all-time mark, held by an American.
Stadnik, a 37-year-old former veterinarian, lives with his mother in northwestern Ukraine. He attributes his height to an operation he underwent at 14, which stimulated a gland that produces human growth hormone. "My height is God's punishment," he told the AP in 2004. "My life has no sense."