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World’s Shortest Adult … Ever!

February 29th, 2012

Photo credit: Krish Dulal via Wikimedia Commons

The title of World’s Shortest Adult Ever was awarded this week by the Guinness Book of World Records!

Chandra Bahadur Dangi is just 21.5 inches (54.6 cm) tall!

That’s about the length of three regular pencils! He weighs about 32 pounds, is around 72 years old, and has five brothers and two sisters who are average-sized.

Mr. Dangi lives in a remote village in the country of Nepal . It’s so remote he’d never even heard of world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest, nearby, according to reports.

A worker who had been in his village saw him, measured him, and told the local media. From there news about him eventually got to the Guinness Book of World Records .

A representative from Guinness travelled there to measure him and verify it. Mr. Dangi actually got two Guinness records … one for being the shortest adult alive and the other for being the shortest adult ever.

Even the representative from Guinness was reportedly amazed that this record could keep getting broken!

Mr. Dangi was quoted as saying, “It’s a big thing for my family, my village, and my country. I am very happy.”

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