New York: A 72-year-old man in Nepal says he is just 1 foot, 10 inches tall, which would make him as the shortest adult human in Guinness World Records’ history.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi’s height, if confirmed, would mean he is 1.6 inches shorter than the current official record holder, Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, and one centimetre shorter than any adult human ever documented.
Guinness officials will travel to Dangi’s village to verify his claim. Guinness posted a video of Dangi on its YouTube channel.
The shortest adult human ever, according to Guinness, was Gul Mohammed, who was 1 foot, 10.4 inches tall. He died in 1997 at the age of 40.
“We intend to travel to Mr Dangi’s village in Nepal to officially measure him and are currently making provisions for medical professionals to assist us in the verification,” the New York Daily quoted a statement on the Guinness World Records website as saying.
Dangi has reportedly already become somewhat of a celebrity in southern Nepal, and the Guinness honour would almost certainly add to his notoriety. A previous record-holder, He Pingping of Mongolia, made a celebrated trip to New York City in 2008.