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Claim: Photographs show the "biggest woman in the world," a
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2001]
Origins: "Biggest woman in the world"? Not quite. This is yet another case of an
Heather Greene, the woman shown in the photographs above, is indeed a real person, but she's not from Holland, nor is she the tallest woman in
The photographs sent around with the message quoted above are actually sample pictures taken from her web site, heatherhaven.com. The pictures are "real" in the sense that they have not been digitally manipulated, but they convey a false impression of Heather's true height because she is paired with people who are shorter than average (the man is 5'7" and the woman 5'1"), and she is posing in some of them while wearing shoes with several-inch heels.
From 1976 until her death in August 2008, the tallest living woman in the world (as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records) was Sandy Allen of Shelbyville, Indiana, who reached a height of
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