Chandra Bahadur Dangi, the world’s shortest man and Jyoti Amge, the world’s shortest woman met for the first time to celebrate the organisation which made them famous.
It is the first time the world’s two smallest residents have come face-to-face and the mini-summit took place after Guinness searched high and low (but mostly low) for the pair.
Agme, who has a form dwarfism called Achondroplasia and will never grow above her current height, was crowned queen of the female little people when she became 18 in December.
She has to have clothes and jewelry specially made, uses special cutlery to eat and dreams of being an actress on the big screen. She has already starred in several Indian movies.
“Since being recognized by Guinness I have been able to visit lots of different countries,” she said. “I love travelling.”
Mr Dangi hails from a small village called Rhimkola, 250 miles west of Kathmandu where, until recently, he spent his entire life. He is 72-years-old and weighs 31 pounds, 15 ounces.
He made headlines across the globe when he received his title in February this year.
He left his village for the first time in his life to fly to the capital of Kathmandu to meet and be measured by Guinness World Records officials.
At 21.5in Mr Dangi is also the shortest man in history, breaking the previous record of India’s Gul Mohammed (1957–97) who was 22.5in tall.
“I’m very happy that I’m being recognized by Guinness World Records and that my name will be written in a book,” he said. “It’s a big thing for my family, my village and my country.”
The new Guinness World Records 2013 Edition goes on sale Sept. 13.