Thursday, August 30, 2012

World's shortest man and woman meet for the launch of the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records

**Story embargoed until 00.01am Thursday 30th August 2012**

2-foot-tall Indian Jyoti Amge and 21-inch man Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal met for photo shoot earlier this year

It wasn’t exactly a big meeting.

The shortest woman in the world has been united with the most minuscule man on the planet for the launch of the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records.

Undersized Indian Jyoti Amge, who stands 2 ft 0.7 in tall, met knee-high Nepali Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who is just 21.5 inches high, for a photoshoot in Italy earlier this year.

It is the first time the world’s two smallest residents have come face-to-face and the mini-summit took place after Guinness searched high and low (but mostly low) for the pair.

Agme, who has a form dwarfism called Achondroplasia and will never grow above her current height, was crowned queen of the female little people when she became 18 in December.

She has to have clothes and jewelry specially made, uses special cutlery to eat and dreams of being an actress on the big screen.

She has already starred in several Indian movies.

“Since being recognized by Guinness I have been able to visit lots of different countries,” she said. “I love travelling.”

Dangi, from the remote Nepalese mountain village of Rhimkholi, became the shortest man ever recorded in February, beating off tough competition from India's Gul Mohammed who was just one inch taller.

He is 72-years-old and weighs 31 pounds, 15 ounces.

“I'm very happy that I'm being recognized by Guinness World Records and that my name will be written in a book,” he said. “It's a big thing for my family, my village and my country.” 

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