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World's New Shortest Guy Is 23.5"

Junrey Balawing stopped growing when he was 2 months old

(Newser) - Junrey Balawing stopped growing 17 years and 10 months ago, and today, on his 18th birthday, was named the world's shortest man for his trouble. Guinness World Records swooped into his Philippine hometown, measured Balawing up at a whopping 23.5" inches, and gave him a certificate that stands... More »

Why Katie Never Towers Over Tom

Yet she looks like an Amazon next to most others

(Newser) - Tom Cruise may wear the pants in his relationship with Katie Holmes, but he also likely wears the heels, reports the New York Daily News in tackling what is surely one of the most important questions of our time: How is it that Holmes, who towered over Daniel Radcliffe at... More »

Being Short May Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

Height seems to play a role in cardiovascular health

(Newser) - A new health survey has a simple conclusion: ''The shorter you are, the higher risk you have of developing cardiovascular disease," says the lead researcher. Specifically, men 5-5 or shorter and women 5 feet or shorter are 1.5 times more likely to get heart disease and die from... More »

Meet World's Shortest Man: 22"

Nepal man seeks to become shortest in Guinness Book

(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... More »

Sarkozy Buses In Short People to Look Taller

Height-challenged plant workers were chosen to stand behind French prez

(Newser) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy looked particularly imposing during a televised speech last week—because he bused in specially vetted very short people to stand behind him, reports the Telegraph. The speech was held at a Faurecia motor technology plant in southern France. TV cameras caught buses bringing in 20 workers... More »

Sarko Uses Footstool to Measure Up to Obama

5'5" French president shorter than Napoleon

(Newser) - At 5 feet 5 inches, Nicolas Sarkozy seems to feel a bit stature-challenged—so at the recent D-Day tribute, he used a 6-inch footstool, in addition to his elevator shoes, to hold his own against Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, the Daily Mail reports. Sarko “knew he was appearing... More »

Pint-Sized Men on Top of World

MLK, Bob Dylan, John McCain— all 5-foot-7

(Newser) - The most successful Americans aren't towering over the rest of us from 6-foot-plus heights. The real elite stand at a modest 5-foot-7—not one inch taller, or shorter, writes comedian Dennis O'Toole in NPR. Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, John McCain—all short in stature but high on... More »

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