World’s shortest man, woman meet for first time

Jordan Chittley
Daily Buzz

Chandra Bahadur Dangi met Jyoti Amge to promote the last edition of the Guinness World Records book

The world's shortest man and the world's shortest woman have met for the first time ever.

Guinness World Records brought them together as part of the sneak preview for the 57th edition of the book.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, is the world's shortest man at 54.6 centimetres
and Jyoti Amge, 18, is the world's shortest living woman. She towers over Dangi at 62.8 centimetres. To give context, they placed the classic Guinness World Records book — which is 30 centimetres tall — in between them.

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"The atmosphere was magic and you could see everyone was smiling," said Guinness World Records adjudicator Marco Frigatti in the video.

Amge, from Nagpur in India, has a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia and she won't grow any taller than she is today. All of her clothes, jewelry, plates, cutlery and even her bed are custom made.

"Since being recognized by Guinness World Records I have been able to visit lots of different countries," she said in a statement. "I love travelling. I have visited  Japan and parts of Europe and now I can't wait to visit the U.K."

She'll be going there in September to help launch the book.

The world's shortest man, Dangi, received the title in February. Because of his height, he also took the title of Shortest Man in history, breaking Gul Mohammed's previous record by 2.4 centimetres. Dangi, who weighs 14.5 kilograms, lived in a remote Nepalese mountain village his whole life.

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But those aren't the only two record-breakers making news this week. A team from McGill University made a 5,038-kilogram fruit salad to beat the previous record by more than 300 kilograms and land in the books. And 1,003 Ryerson University students set an unofficial record for the largest cowbell ensemble. The record will not become official for a few weeks and by that time, we're betting, none of these people will ever again say the words, "We need more cowbell."

In previous years, Ryerson has set world records for largest maracas ensemble and largest plastic sword fight.

The 2013 edition of the book will be available worldwide Sept. 13. Check out a preview of it here.

(Guinnes World Records photo)