A 75-year-old Nepalese man who is roughly the same size as a toddler has recently been named as the smallest person in the world. Officials from the Guinness World Records and a doctor visited Chandra Bahadur Dangi at his home in Katmandu, Nepal, to confirm his height of just 21.5 inches. At 21.5 inches (52,6 centimeters’, Chandra Bahadur Dangi is now recognized as the world’s shortest person, and there is no claim to his position as far as we know.
The man currently holds two distinct certificates from Guinness: one for being the shortest person alive and the other for being the shortest person ever recorded. Since establishing the record, Dangi has traveled quite a lot, seeing how every TV station now wishes to have him as a guest. It has to be said, however, that although Chandra Bahadur Dangi is the shortest person ever recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, there is no clear indication that he is in fact the shortest person in history.
Although Chandra Bahadur Dangi first met the press in the capital city of Katmandu, he actually lives 400 kilometers west of the city, in a remote mountain village called Rhimkholi. He lives there with his younger brother and his family.
Interestingly enough, all his five brothers are of average height and no other person in his family’s history was ever shorter than average. At the moment, Chandra Bahadur Dangi is not married and said that he has no desire to ever get married or to establish a family of his own.
Yet another interesting thing about Chandra Bahadur Dangi is that before being measured by the Guinness World Records officials and the doctor that traveled with them, he had never seen a doctor, nor has he ever gotten sick during his childhood years. Furthermore, the doctors who have examined him since he established this unusual record didn’t find any health concerns and they are stumped as to why he is so small to begin with.
There is a sad part of this story as well. You see, because of his size, Chandra Bahadur Dangi has never worked outside his household, preferring to do household chores because of his serious limitations. While he has a normal size head, his body is much smaller and impedes him from any sort of labor that would require physical strength. He also doesn’t appear to have any sort of problems eating food, although his diet rarely involves meat.
The previous record holder was a man from the Philippines named Junrey Balawing who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall, who in turn broke the record of Gul Mohammed from India, a man that measured 22.5 inches (47 centimeters) in height.
Interestingly enough, the reason why Chandra Bahadur Dangi didn’t come forward earlier is because of how remote his native village is. It was only after a forest contractor cutting timber in the area saw him that local media was notified of his existence.
Also interesting is that he isn’t the first Nepalese man to hold the record for world’s shortest person. Another Nepalese man by the name of Khagendra Thapa Magar was also the world’s shortest man at some point, measuring 26.4 inches (67 centimeters) in height. As for the world’s shortest woman, her name is Jyoti Amge of India and she is 24.7 inches (62.8 centimeters) tall.