Junrey Balawing named world’s new shortest man

Junrey Balawing It was good while it lasted, after just eight months, Khagendra Thapa Magar is no longer the world's shortest man. All hail the new world's shortest man Junrey Balawing.

Measuring just 23.6 inches (59.93cm) tall, the little man from the Philippines is actually one of the shortest ever shortest man -- just missing out to Gul Mohammed (1957–97), who was 22.5 inches.

Junrey, who weighs only 5kg, became eligible for the record over the weekend as he celebrated his 18th birthday and was measured by Guinness World Records officials.

Asked what he hoped for now he's the world’s shortest man, Junrey, said: "I like beer and I want a beautiful wife," before adding… She’ll probably be taller than me."

Junrey lives with his parents and three younger siblings in in Sindangan, a coastal village in the southern Philippines

His parents say Junrey has not grown since his first birthday and consider him a good luck charm, saying the families fortunes turned around after he was born.

He sleeps in their bed and says he loves watching TV with war films being his favourite viewing. His favourite food is pork. He can eat about two (normal size) fingers' worth at a meal, with a small helping of rice.

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