A 72-year-old Nepalese man who is about
the size of a toddler on Sunday became the world's shortest person ever
A doctor and Guinness World Records official measured Chandra
Bahadur Dangi to confirm his height of 21.5 inches (54.6 centimeters).
Guinness official Craig Glenday presented Dangi with two
certificates for being the world's shortest living man and the world's
shortest person recorded in Guinness' 57-year history.
"I am very happy. Now I want to travel across Nepal and to foreign countries," Dangi told reporters afterward.
He said he has no desire to get married or have a family of his own, but would like to meet the prime minister of Nepal soon.
Dangi lives in a remote mountain village, Rhimkholi, about 250
miles (400 kilometers) west of Katmandu, with his youngest brother and
his family. His five brothers are all average height.
Before being measured in the capital, Katmandu, on Saturday, he
had never seen a doctor and his relatives say he has never been
seriously ill or had any injuries. The doctors who saw him at the clinic
also found no immediate health problems. His family is not sure when he
Because of his height, he has never worked outside the house, doing only household chores.
He has a normal sized head and regularly shaves, but his body
is small. He is able to walk and climb small stairs. He eats mainly rice
and vegetables, and occasionally meat, but in small portions.
Dangi takes the shortest man record from Junrey Balawing of the
Philippines, wo is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. He also beat the
record of Gul Mohammed of India as the shortest adult human to have
their height verified by Guinness. Mohammed, who died in 1997, was 22.5
inches (57 centimeters) tall.
Since Dangi's village is so remote, it was only recently that
Dangi gained notice. A forest contractor cutting timber in the village
met him and told local media.
Another Nepalese man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, was declared the
world's shortest man at 26.4 inches (67 centimeters) before Balawing
took over the title in June on his 18th birthday.
In December, Guinness recognized an Indian teenager as the
world's shortest woman. Jyoti Amge is 24.7 inches (62.8 centimeters)
tall and wants to attend university and become a Bollywood star.
Aside from a Guinness certificate, the titles don't come with any cash award. (nvn)