Meet World's Shortest Man: 22"

Nepal man seeks to become shortest in Guinness Book
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Khagendra Thapa Magar, 18, who stands at 22 inches, is carried by his father, Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar, before leaving for Europe in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.   (Binod Joshi)

(Newser) – A man who is only 22 inches tall left his home country of Nepal today in a quest to be recognized as the world's shortest living man. Khagendra Thapa Magar is traveling to Europe to campaign for the Guinness World Record title. He applied to the London-based group for a place in the record book in October, soon after turning 18, but has not received any response.

Magar's family initially filed a claim when he was 14, but were rejected because he was not an adult and there was a chance he might grow. "We are going to Italy to try to record his name in the Guinness Book of World Records," his father, Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar, told reporters in Katmandu. The current record is held by He Pingping of China, who is 29 inches tall.

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