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Nepal teen may become world's shortest man

October 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A teenager in Nepal is hoping to become the world's shortest man.Khagendra Thapa Magar turns 18 on Thursday and right now he's the world's shortest teenager.

If his measurements read the expected 25.8 inches on his birthday, he will officially be named the world's shortest man.

Once his measurements are taken three times in the span of 10 hours he is expected to overtake Edward Nino Hernandez of Colombia, who measures a relatively towering 27 inches.

Thapa weighs just over 12 pounds, and his parents say he acts like a young child. His family and local doctors don't know why he never grew .

His younger brother is a normal height for a boy of 13.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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