Tallest, Shortest Men Cross Paths

Inner Mongolia's highest-profile resident shakes countryman's tiny hand
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2007 8:51 AM CDT

Honeymooning giant Bao Xishun made time yesterday to make history. Bao, the tallest man in the world, shook hands with a fellow Inner Mongolian who's seeking certification as the world's shortest man. Bao, a 7-foot-9 livestock herder who married a 5-foot-6 woman on Thursday, grinned as he was introduced to 2-foot-4 He Pingping.

Guinness awarded Bao, 56, his superlative last year, the Daily Mail reports, but He, 19, may be in for an uphill battle: The current record-holder, Lin Yih-Chih, stands 2-foot-2. The meeting organizer tells ITV News that He—who wore a tux and red bow tie for the encounter—had long dreamed of meeting Bao. (More Bao Xishun stories.)

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