A Nepalese man has won a world record for coming up short.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi was officially recognized as the world’s shortest living man, Guinness World Records announced Sunday.
The pint-sized 72-year-old who lives in a remote mountain village about 250 miles west of Kathmandu stands just 21.5 inches, two inches shorter than Junrey Balawing, the Philippines man who previously held the record.
“I’m continually amazed that this record keeps getting broken,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday. “Just when you think it’s impossible for the record to get any smaller, Mr. Chandra comes along and astonishes us all by being the shortest person ever measured.”
Dangi is also an inch shorter than Gul Mohammed, an Indian man once recognized as the shortest ever verified by Guiness.
“Mr. Chandra has probably encountered difficulties with his size,” Craig said. “But hopefully this new title will open up a whole world of opportunities.”
Members of his family were quoted by local media as saying Dangi was in excellent health and had never taken medicine or been to hospital. – DailyTelegraph
Dangi’s records upon verification will not only make him the shortest man at present but also the shortest adult human in the history (as recorded). The record till now is held by Gul Mohammed, (New Delhi, India, 1957-1997) who measured 57 cm (22.5 in). – link
Weighing 26.5lbs, he was brought to the attention of the world only three weeks after he was discovered by researchers studying the Dangi people. Mr Dangi, who was orphaned at 12, said relatives used to display him at freak shows to make money for themselves. He considered his height a curse after a lifetime of being ridiculed by neighbours and laughed at in the freak shows. – link
He hopes to use his new found fame to travel, admitting: “I think things will be better now. I hope that I will be famous all over the world”. Chandra spends his days making placemats and head straps for villagers to carry heavy loads on their backs. He also helps look after the village’s buffalos and cows. Chandra traveled to Kathmandu in order to be measured by Guinness World Records officials, marking the first time he had visited the Nepalese capital. – link
Best wishes for some enjoyable adventures Mr. Dangi.