Monday, January 23, 2012

#252 Andre the Giant Chooses an Ice Cream Flavor

When Jason Segel hosted Saturday Night Live this skit about Andre the Giant cracked me up.

I post this not to make fun of Andre (real name André René Roussimoff). I do have a fondness for him. Although he was a giant of a man at 7'4" and 500 pounds, he seemed like a gentle giant and I loved his character Fezzik in The Princess Bride. He also had a very successful pro wrestling career.

Andre's size was the result of acromegaly, which is when the anterior pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. He died in his sleep from congestive heart failure in 1993 at the age of 46.

Andre, you are still making me smile!

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