World’s Smallest Man Dies, Is There No God?

The world’s shortest man, He Ping Ping from Inner Mongolia China, has died at the age of just 21. He measured just 2′ 5” (73cm), and was recognised as the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records in 2008.

He died earlier this month in Rome after being hospitalised suffering from chest pains while filming a TV show.

“From the moment I laid on eyes on him, I knew he was someone special,” said Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief.

“He had such a cheeky smile and mischievous personality, you couldn’t help but be charmed by him. For such a small man, he made a huge impact around the world.” Glenday added that He was “an inspiration to anyone considered different or unusual”.

One of He’s most remarkable photos was taken during the 2008 launch of the latest Guinness World Book of Records, when he sat beneath Svetlana Pankrtova of Russia, who holds the record for the world’s longest legs at 52 inches.

He was also pictured in 2007 meeting the world’s tallest man, Bao Xishun, 56, who is also from Inner Mongolia and stands 7′ 9” (236cm) tall.

Speaking in 2007, He’s father said that when He was born in Wulanchabu city in 1988 he was small enough to fit in an adult palm. He was later diagnosed with the bone deformity known as osteogenesis imperfecta. His name, Ping Ping, comes from the Mandarin for wine bottle. He was known to be a very heavy smoker.

A 17-year-old boy from Nepal is already poised to succeed He’s title when he reaches 18 later this year. Khagendra Thapa Magar is just 22 inches tall compared to He’s 29.

If recognised, Magar stands to surpass the all time record for the world’s shortest man, set by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 22.4 inches tall.

What a loss. I was still upset about the Badgers losing to Cornell but this really puts shit into perspective. I guess it’s true, the good ones always do die young.

I just wish someone had had the foresight to have an intervention with Ping Ping about his smoking. His lung’s were probably the size of my pinky, meaning one cig was probably a year off his life. I mean the dude had it all, guaranteed to be the funniest guy in the room no matter what, got to look up chick’s skirts all days, and probably had like 20 girlfriends. He just had to have it all and smoke too. I guess he figured you can only be so cool being the shortest guy in the world but if you’re the shortest smoker in the world, well that’s pretty damn cool.

I mean Smoker’s are cool, everyone knows that.


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