A tiny teenager who's set to become the world's shortest man when he turns 18 next month, has visited New York for the first time in his life. Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal is only 22 inches tall and weighs just over 10 lbs. The organizers of his promotional tour claim he was no bigger than a 300-gram bottle of Pepsi when he was born.
In New York, Khagendra was measured against a life-size figure of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man ever, and found out he was the size of the palm of one of Wadlow’s hands.
Robert Wadlow, who was dubbed the “Giant of Illinois” while he was still alive, was 8 ft 11 in in height and weighed 485 lbs. The world’s smallest teenager could have easily fit into Wadlow’s shoe or into the frame of the certificate he received from Ripley's Believe It or Not which declares that Khagendra Thapa Magar is the smallest living man.
During his visit to New York, he went to museums and to the tallest skyscraper in New York City, the Empire State Building. It was also the first time he tried a hot dog, and he enjoyed it. Despite his unusually small size, Khagendra hopes to get married someday.