Feb 26, 2012

22-inch Nepalese man, 72, heads off to meet Guinness Book Of World Records team tomorrow... and be confirmed as planet's smallest man

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, poses with a local newspaper to show his tiny frame

At just 22 inches tall, shorter than the length of a broadsheet newspaper, Chandra Bahadur Dangi will tomorrow be officially named the world's smallest man by Guinness World Records.
Dangi, 72, left his home in a isolated Nepalese village to fly to the capital, Kathmandu, to be measured by Guinness World Records officials tomorrow.
Guinness World Records said if his measurements are correct, he will beat the current record holder for the world's shortest man, Filipino Junrey Balawing, 18, who is 23.5 inches tall.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi claims to be the world's shortest man at 22 inches 
He claimed the title last year from Khagendra Thapa Magar, 18, whose height is 26 inches tall.
Dangi, who wears a traditional hat and tailor-made clothing, was today looking forward to receiving the accolade after remaining out of the media spotlight all his life.

He admits he suffers the odd cold, but revealed he has a home remedy, saying: 'At such times I drink hot water and have tumeric power dissolved in water. The fever lasts for two to three days.
'I haven't been ill probably because my body is good.'
Dangi, the seventh sibling of a family of six brothers and two sisters, does not remember his father and his mother, who died when he was 16-years-old. His immediate older brother and family have looked after him.
Three of his five brothers were less than four feet tall, while his two sisters and two brothers are of average height.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi prepares for landing in Kathmandu where he will find out tomorrow if he is in fact the world's smallest man
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