World tallest and shortest men meet on Records Day

World tallest and shortest men meet on Records Day

The world’s tallest and shortest men came face to shin on Thursday to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day, as people across the globe set several bonkers new benchmarks.

Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51 metres (eight feet, nine inches) tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures just 55 centimetres (21 and a half inches).

Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, stooped down to shake the world’s biggest hands — 28.5 centimetres (11.22 inches) — with 74-year-old 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,” Kosen told AFP.

He said meeting Chandra 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.

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