The Top Ten Strongmen

Over the last couple hundred years, many men made a living demonstrating feats of strength, by wrestling, weightlifting, or other stunts such as pulling trains. Ask Men has a list of the ten most memorable, including The Great Antonio.
The adjective “great” is an understatement for Antonio’s stature and personality. Weighting 465 pounds and standing 6-foot-4, his suits were size 90, his shoes size 28 and he often ate 25 chickens or 10 steaks at one sitting. In 1952, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized him for pulling a 433-ton train for 19.8 meters. Guinness also mentioned him again in a later edition for his feat of pulling four city buses loaded with passengers. A noted eccentric, he offered to pull a Boeing 747 down the tarmac provided Boeing gave him a jet for his own personal use, and he approached Don King saying that he would do a fight film for $1 million.

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