The Tallest Man Meets The Smallest Man
Sultan Kösen & He Pingping



The Tallest Man Meets The Smallest Man - Sultan Kosen is the worlds tallest man (8 feet 1 inch) and Pingping is the worlds shortest man (2 feet 5.37 inches). One's teeny tiny, the others a giant. Watch two extraordinary men meet for the first time.

Sultan Kösen (born December 10th, 1982 in Mardin, Turkey) is the man who currently holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living man.

He is one of only twelve individuals in medical history to be confirmed at a height of eight feet or more.


Kösen lives with his parents, three brothers and sister, who are all of normal height. He was unable to complete his schooling because of his height and works part-time as a farmer.

Despite his height he claims to enjoy a normal lifestyle and enjoys playing computer games with his friends.

He describes the advantages of being tall as seeing from great distance, being able to help his family with domestic jobs such as changing light bulbs and hanging curtains.

He lists disadvantages as not being able to find clothes or shoes that fit or finding it extremely hard to fit into a regular sized car. When asked what his hopes are after being officially given the title he said: "To travel and see the world and have a car that accommodates my size! My biggest dream though, is to get married and have children - I'm looking for love".

Kösen's height was recorded at 2.47 m (8 ft 1.244 in) in his home country by Guinness World Records, at August 25, 2009, overtaking former world record holder Bao Xishun who stands 2.36 m (7 ft 8.9 in) tall. Kösen is also the current Guinness World Record holder of 'largest hands' and 'largest feet', measuring 27.5 cm and 36.5 cm respectively.

He Pingping (July 13th, 1988 – March 13th, 2010) was, according to the Guinness World Records, the world's shortest man who was able to walk.


He measured 74 cm (2 ft 5 in) tall, and was the third child of a family in Huade county, in the city of Ulanqab in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. He had two sisters, both of whom developed at normal rates.

According to his father, He Yun, at birth He Pingping was small enough to fit in the palm of his parents' hands. When it became apparent the child was growing very slowly, doctors diagnosed the cause as the bone deformity osteogenesis imperfecta, which hinders normal bone growth and body height. He was a chain smoker.

In January 2007, He was invited to take part on a television program in Tokyo, Japan, and became an Internet icon.

His home of Inner Mongolia is also home to Bao Xishun, who at 2.36 metres tall was recognized by Guinness as the world's tallest man until September 2009. Their televised meeting in July 2007 attracted global media attention.

In May 2008 he appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary called The World's Smallest Man and Me hosted by Mark Dolan. In September 2008 he appeared with the world's longest-legged woman, Svetlana Pankratova, in London's Trafalgar Square, to publicize the release of the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2006 Guinness World Records disallowed an application from a then fourteen-year-old Nepalese boy, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measures 53 cm but will review the case once he reaches 18 years of age in October 2010. A Jordanian man who claims to be the world's shortest man, Younis Edwan, has not been officially measured by Guinness.

Following his January 2007 appearance on television, He's status as the world's shortest walking man was verified by Guinness World Records. His height was measured three times over the course of 10 hours before he received a certificate officially naming him as the world’s shortest walking man.

In September 2008, he traveled to New York City to help launch the 2009 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, which certified him as the world's smallest walking man. On April 25, 2010, He was featured in the tenth episode of the 16th cycle of the American reality show, The Amazing Race, filmed earlier in Shanghai. The episode was dedicated in his memory.

He was admitted to a hospital on March 3rd, 2010 in Rome, Italy, after complaining of chest pains. He had been filming Lo show dei record. He died on March 13th, 2010, at the age of twenty-one of heart complications. The Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday, said that he was "an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual."