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Weird News Central: Giant Honors For Giant Man

Famed sideshow giant Al Tomaini, pictured here with his legless wife Jeanie, is being honored with a monument in Gibsonton, Florida.

Famed sideshow giant Al Tomaini, pictured here with his legless wife Jeanie, is being honored with a monument in Gibsonton, Florida.

Friday, April 23, 2010 16:15 GMT

GIBSONTON, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Once upon a time, it wasn’t so unusual to walk down the streets of Gibsonton, Florida, and meet a bearded lady, a three-legged man, and Priscilla the Monkey Girl.

The little fishing village outside Tampa is famous as the longtime winter home of traveling circuses. Among the 8,000 residents were performing dwarfs, giants, and many sideshow stars.

AOL Senior Correspondent Buck Wolf says most of Gibsonton’s famous residents are dead and gone, including the world-famous Lobster Boy.

But now, a group of old time carnies and retired clowns are honoring their past. They’re erecting a huge monument to 8- foot-4 giant Al Tomaini, the town’s former fire chief.

Wolf says, “Al had a 2-foot-8 legless wife named Jeanie. They toured as the ‘World’s Most Unusual Married Couple’ and owned a little restaurant here. They really were Gibsonton’s version of a happy man and wife living the American dream.”

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