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Nepalese man claims to be world's shortest

2012-02-23 05:25:14 GMT2012-02-23 13:25:14(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, who says he's only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall arrives at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Guinness World Records officials will be in Nepal this weekend to measure Dangi who hopes to be named the world's shortest man. Dangi is hoping to snatch the title of the world's shortest man from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, who says he's only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall interacts with the media at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Guinness World Records officials will be in Nepal this weekend to measure Dangi who hopes to be named the world's shortest man. Dangi is hoping to snatch the title of the world's shortest man from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, who says he's only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall arrives at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Guinness World Records officials will be in Nepal this weekend to measure Dangi who hopes to be named the world's shortest man. Dangi is hoping to snatch the title of the world's shortest man from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, who claims to be the world's shortest man standing at a height of 22 inches (56 centimeters), is carried by his relative at Tribhuvan International Airport upon his arrival from Nepalgunj, in Kathmandu February 22, 2012. Dangi is scheduled to be verified for being the world's shortest man by the Guinness World Records on February 26. When certified by the Guinness World Records, Dangi will beat Junrey Balawing of Philippines, the current Guinness World Records holder who stands at a height of 23.5 inches (60 cm). REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY)

Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, bottom, who says he's only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall arrives at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Guinness World Records officials will be in Nepal this weekend to measure Dangi who hopes to be named the world's shortest man. Dangi is hoping to snatch the title of the world's shortest man from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, bottom, who says he's only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall arrives at the airport in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Guinness World Records officials will be in Nepal this weekend to measure Dangi who hopes to be named the world's shortest man. Dangi is hoping to snatch the title of the world's shortest man from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

He has never worked outside the home or seen a doctor, and until Feb. 22, he had never left his remote mountain village in western Nepal. So 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi only recently learned he might be the world's shortest man.

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