Khagendra Thapa Magar is a 17-year-old boy who lives in Nepal, who stands 2 feet tall and who weighs only 10 pounds. He is in the process of applying to the Guinness world record people to be proclaimed as the world's smallest man once he turns 18 in October.
The current world record holder for the smallest man is 2ft 5in He Ping Ping of China. Khagendra is smaller, but he must be 18 to claim the title of shortest and lightest man in the world.
Khagendra's mother, Dhana Maya Thapa Magar, said "He was born weighing only 600 grams (1 lb, 5 oz).
"It was like watching a newly hatched chick fresh from a shell.
"I admit that at first I was ashamed of him and would not leave the house, but now I only feel pride and am desperate for him to be named as the tiniest man in the world."
He was born in the remote Baglung District, which is 125 miles from the capital city of Kathmandu. Khagendra has become a minor celebrity in Nepal and some politicians are helping him become listed by Guinness as the world's smallest man.
His goal is some day to travel to the United States once he officially becomes the Guinness Book of Records' smallest man in the world. In the US he hopes to show the world what the smallest man looks like and perhaps also show the world a few dance moves.
Times must a a bit harsh in Nepal if all one can aspire for is to be a curiosity in a traveling freak show. Although anything is possible with notoriety. Perhaps he could even apply to become Paris Hilton's personal human lap dog.
That would not be a bad lap to sit in now would it, Khagendra?
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