I remember watching the TLC documentary “World’s Tallest Children” and thinking that theVan Nes family reminded me a little of my own: my father is 6’8”, my three half-sisters and I are 5’11”, 6’0”, 6’1”, and 6’2”, my half-brother is 6’4”, and my mother (the family shrimp) is a cool 5’9”.
Of course, we’re short one advantage that the Van Neses have: a custom-built house with raised toilets, counter tops, and windows. The only things they haven’t scaled-up are their doorframes. Father Frank (6’10.5”) explains that if they got out of the habit of ducking to get through their doorways at home, they would all risk head injuries from bumping into standard 6’ 8” doors elsewhere.
This extra-large dwelling sounds like a great idea, until you consider that if the Van Neses ever decide to move, they’ll have to sell their home to someone in the Guinness Book.
Here’s Part I of “World’s Tallest Children (Britain’s tallest family comes in at 5:40). To see the full run-down of the Van Neses’ custom home, see the first 25 seconds of Part II here.
If you just can’t get enough of tall Brits, check out Britain’s tallest teenage girl, Jessica Pardoe, who at age 18 is 6’9” with 38” gams and size 11 feet. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she talks about special ordering clothes and shoes online and having trouble wedging herself into the driver’s seat for lessons. But, she says, boys don’t seem to mind her extraordinary height.