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Respect to the Giant!

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted February 03, 2014
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Quite a chap: André the Giant (left) could put away the pints. (Check bottom for credit)

Reckon you could outdrink André the Giant? Like f--k you could!

If you're interested in wrestling, the chances are you already know who André the Giant is.

And if you're not and therefore don't, his is the face staring out at you from all those Obey posters and the like US street artist Shepard Fairey's bunged up across the globe.

But in addition to winning a whole load of wresting titles and being absolutely bloody massive – by the age of 12 he stood 6' 3" (190.5 cm) in his socks and weighed a whopping 240 lbs (110 kg) before topping out at 7' 5" and 525 lbs – the Giant also did something that we here at the Rake & Herald reckon's well flippin' impressive.

According to the people behind the Drunken History website and book, the Giant holds the world record for the most beers consumed in a single sitting: 119 bottles in six hours.

Or just over one every three minutes.

Admittedly, we don't know who picked up his bar tab at the end of it or exactly how big those bottles were, but as the Plymouth, Massachusetts-based Mayflower Brewing Company puts it in a jolly nice twitterisationalism to us, "a pint glass looked like a shot glass in his hands".

And if you don't believe them, here's a photo of the Giant holding a 12-oz (355 ml) can of 5% Canadian Lager that Drunken History subsequently tweeted our way.

the giant holding a beer can
Could have been a goalie: He also had quite big hands. (Check bottom for credit)

Heck, we were so impressed with all this we immediately added both Mayflower and Drunken History to our much coveted Links page and then ordered a copy of the latter's book to boot.

As the book hasn't arrived at Rake & Herald Towers yet, we can't say how good it is or not.

But if it's filled with facts like the above, we reckon it'll kick more buttock than a crack-fuelled donkey freaking out in a room full of arses.

A good one to read while waiting for the pub to open or while dropping the kids off at the pool, we reckon.

And massive respect to the big fella, who sadly passed away just over 21 years ago on January 27, 1993.

André the Giant, we raise a glass to you!

One every three minutes in fact if we can find a cheap enough boozer.


Thanks to the diligent research of Michael Cole, we can now confirm that the 119 bottles the Giant necked over that six-hour marathon were 12-oz units, although exactly what beer it was and its ABV remain a mystery.

We are also indebted to Mr Cole for making us aware of the following video, embedded here on the Rake & Herald from the YouTube channel of the wonderfully named CopyRightHater4Life.

"André the Giant drank an estimated 7,000 calories of beer everyday," Mr Cole writes.

"Considering his beer of choice was usually Molson Canadian, I did the maths: 7,000 calories per day ÷ 150 calories per can = 46.7 beers per day."

"How true this is, I have no idea."

"Regardless, that is a lot of beer!"

And you know what?

We're inclined to agree.

To learn more about the Giant and his prolific liking for booze, have a read of this article from Modern Drunkard Magazine.

Personally, I'm still a dyed-in-the-wool Ollie Reed fan, but the Giant, eh?

What a boy!

The Rake & Herald advocates responsible drinking, etc. Meanwhile, to visit the official André the Giant website, have a click of this and to find out more about Drunken History and Mayflower Brewing, click this and this, respectively.

Picture credits

Top and thumb: André the Giant and Tommy Seigler before a wrestling match by Brandonseigler.

Bottom: Sorry, we have no idea who owns the copyright on that one but we'll happily give them a credit if they get in touch.

For licensing information click the above link.

Update: 4/2/14.

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