Really awful to hear about this and even more awful to hear Romney laugh and call it a “prank”. Pinning a kid down who you think is gay and cutting his hair off is not a PRANK it’s fucking BULLYING, HARASSMENT, and HOMOPHOBIA.
Yup it’s true. And some are as tall as 10 meters (33ft)! The Moai have overly large heads (3/5 the size of their bodies), and because of photographs taken in the 50’s of the slopes of Rano Raraku (where the statues are buried to their shoulders) many (including me) are lead to believe that they are only heads!
Check out the Easter Island Statue Project (http://www.eisp.org/) for more info on the excavation, Easter Island history, and more pictures!