Today the Guinness World Records announced the World’s shortest man. After measuring Junrey Balawing of Sindangan, located in the southern Philippines, he was certified as the new record holder at 23.6 inches (60cm).
The 18-year-old breaks the record, because is nearly three inches shorter than the previous record holder, Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal. Balawings’ parents said he was born a normal size, but stopped growing around 2 months old. They did not realize anything was unusual until he was about 4 years old, when his playmates began growing at a faster rate.
Unfortunately, the family is too poor to investigate what medical condition prevented him from growing taller, but they seemed pleased when the announcement was made. After all this press, it is certain that scientist will want to run tests to see why this occurred.