Friday, May 28, 2010

Cape Breton's Giant

CHRK "101.9 The Giant" is a Hot Adult Contemporary station from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. They're licensed to Sydney, NS and first went on the air in May, 2008.

The station is named after Angus MacAskill, who the 1981 Guinness Book of World Records listed as the tallest natural giant who ever lived, the strongest man who ever lived, and the man having the largest chest measurements of any non-obese man. MacAskill stood 7 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 425 pounds and had 44 inch wide shoulders. He was born in Scotland in 1825 but emigrated as a child with his family to Canada. He later toured the United States, the West Indies and Cuba making a small fortune in wagers over his weight-lifting ability and may have even appeared at P.T. Barnum's museum. Some of his feats include carrying barrels of pork weighing over 300 pounds under each arm, lifting a fully grown horse over a four-foot fence and lifting a 2,500 pound anchor. The giant returned to Nova Scotia in the 1850s and entered the salmon fishing industry as well as operating a general store. There are two Angus MacAskill museums, one on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and the other in Englishtown, Nova Scotia.

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