World’s Tallest Man and World’s Shortest Man Meet for the First Time


One man stands as tall as those iconic red British phone booths, the other man is only as tall as six cans of baked beans stacked.

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The man who holds the record for the tallest recorded man and the shortest man in the world came together at an event in London. There they posed for photos and had a very awkward, uneven handshake.


It was the tenth annual Guinness World Records Day, which is a day that celebrates the record-breaking achievements of people around the globe. Guinness flew the two men, Sultan Kosen from Turkey and Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal, to London.

Kosen is 31 years old and he is a part-time farmer. He stands 8 feet 3 inches tall and can touch a basketball hoop without jumping. He became the world’s tallest living man in 2009. He overtook Xi Shun of China, who stands 7 feet 9 inches.


Dangi is 74 years old and just 21.5 inches tall. That is the shortest adult human being ever verified by Guinness World Records. He is a weaver who looks after buffalo and cows in the mountain village of Reemkholi. He only weighs 32 pounds.


Kosen said, “To be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing. Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives, and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”


Kosen also has the record for the largest hands on a living person. His hands measure 11.2 inches from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger.

Thousands of individuals took part in different Guinness World Records events around the world, from Australia to Dubai to the United States. In Shanghai, 388 people went for the record of the largest communal breakfast in bed.

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