Shortest Man Meets Leggiest Woman

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 4:12 PM CDT
He Pingping of Inner Mongolia, the world's smallest man, sits on the lap of Svetlana Pankratova of Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, at Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(Newser) – London's Trafalgar Square routinely serves as a stage for mimes, jugglers, and other acts, but the tourist attraction drew an exceptionally curious crowd today when the shortest man who can walk met the woman with the longest legs, the AP reports. He Pingping of China stands precisely 2 feet 5.37 inches tall. Svetlana Pankratova of Spain, a Russian native, has legs nearly 52 inches long.

The pair met to publicize the release of Guinness World Records 2009. This year's version of the popular book is due out tomorrow. He called Pankratova's legs "very beautiful." Pankratova, who stands just over 6-foot-4, said she liked her legs, though they can complicate things. "It's hard to find clothes," she said. "Especially pants."