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The World’s ‘Shortest Man Ever’ Record Has Been Broken

In early January, an 18-year old Indian woman was crowned shortest living woman, measuring just over two feet: 24.72 inches. She was by no means the shortest woman ever, who was 22.8″, nor the shortest person ever, who at that point was an Indian man measuring 22.4″. She wasn’t even the shortest person alive then, due to a 23.6″ Philippino guy named Junrey. Poor Junrey’s reign didn’t last long though: you become eligible for the title at 18, which he turned on June 12th, 2011. He now lost the title, barely half a year later, to a 72-year old Nepalese guy who is not only the shortest living man, but, as far as humanity knows, the shortest man that ever lived: Chandra Dangi, 21.5″ short.

Chandra Dangi, the shortest man that ever lived

 

Poor guy hasn’t had an easy life, either. He really wanted to get married, but never found a wife. His parents died before he was a teenager and his evil relatives used to parade him around at freak shows — like in a Lemony Snicket novel. He makes a living weaving headbands in the middle of nowhere, Nepal. He was discovered by researchers studying the people in the region.

From The Guinness Book of World Records and Sky News, via Neatorama

The World’s Smallest Living Woman Is 2 Feet Tall

In mid-December of 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records (which is no longer owned by Guinness Breweries) crowned an 18 year old Indian girl the shortest woman in the world. She is from west-central India, is 24.72 inches tall, and is named Jyoti Amge. Since she is a diagnosed dwarf, she won’t grow any taller.

World's Shortest Living Woman

 

Jyoti is not the shortest living person, since there’s a guy in the Philippines who comes in at 23.6 inches. Neither of them are the shortest people that ever lived: the shortest woman ever was a Dutch woman who measured 22.8 inches and lived from 1876 to 1895; the shortest man ever was an Indian man (no longer true, see below) who measured 22.4 inches and lived from 1957 to 1997 — he was also the shortest adult ever recorded and died from complications due to heavy smoking.

Update, 27 February 2012: a Nepalese man has claimed the title of world’s shortest man ever, measuring 21.5 inches in height.

From The Guinness Book Of World Records