At 5-foot-3 Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers in the NBA, but he's 65.8 percent taller than this vertically challenged record holder
Chandra Bahadur Dangi is his name, and it's fair to say height is not his game. The 72-year-old from Nepal is traveling the globe after Guinness World Records named him the shortest person ever recorded in their 57-year history.
Dangi "stands" 21.5 inches tall. In other words he's the size of an average month old baby or a tire on your car.
Thanks to his newfound fame, Dangi, who up until five years ago had never left his tiny village in Nepal, visited Australia this week. A radio station paid for the trip to have him take part in some goofy radio shenanigans.
After coming from an uneducated family located in a remote village, the 72-year-old couldn't be more pleased with his rather surprising 15 minutes of fame.
"I am happy my name has been written in the book and also because of that I have got to travel. I was in Italy two or three weeks ago, now I am in Sydney, and I might go to Cuba next. I get to travel and that is very interesting for me," he said (via Z6 Mag).
Normally residing with his seven regular-sized brothers and sisters, Dangi makes head straps for local porters, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest, is on Dangi's wish list. "I'd love to see it, I've never been there," the record holder said.
Whether he ever reaches the 29,029-foot peak, Dangi says through a translator that this journey has been spellbinding: "Before I had nothing to do, now life is more interesting."
With that in mind, Dangi has his cousin carry him around on his back.
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