World tallest and shortest men come face to shin
The world’s tallest and shortest men came face to face — well, face to shin — on Thursday (Nov 13) to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day.
The little and large act met as people across the globe tried to break all manner of weird and wacky world records, including banging heads, catching spears and throwing thongs.
Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51m tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures up at 55cm tall.
Mr Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, stooped down to shake hands with 74-year-old Mr Dangi opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.
“I was very interested how tall he was going to be, about how far up my legs he would go, and of course once I saw him I realised how tiny he was,” Mr Kosen told AFP.
He said meeting Mr Dangi was “amazing”, although he admitted bending the long, long way down for photographs was difficult.
“I do have problems with my knees so if I stand too long I do get tired,” he said.
Mr Chandra Bahadur Dangi and Mr Sultan Kosen shake hands during the photocall in London on Thursday.
Kosen added: “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 is a good man.”
As well as being the tallest man, Mr Kosen’s hands are the biggest in the world — an impressive 28.5cm from the wrist to the tip of his middle finger.
Meanwhile Mr Dangi, a primordial dwarf who makes placemats and head straps for villagers carrying heavy loads, is the shortest adult to ever have been verified by Guinness World Records.
He said: “I was very pleased to see the tallest man in the world, I was curious to meet my extreme opposite.
“I’m so pleased to be a Guinness record holder. Thanks to this I have visited many countries and met many people. I really love it.”