Today, the world's tallest man, 8 ft 1 in (246.5 cm) Sultan Kösen, will welcome the shortest man in the world, 2 ft 5.37 in (74.61 cm) He Pingping, to his native Turkey to celebrate the January 15 opening of the new Guinness World Records Live! Roadshow at Forum Istanbul.
Developed by Europe's leading retail real estate developer, Multi Corporation, Forum Istanbul recently opened in Turkey and is the largest shopping mall in Europe.
Sultan's and Pingping's meeting will kick off six weeks of record-breaking at Forum Istanbul where members of the public can attempt 50 different records at the Guinness World Records Live! Roadshow inside the mall.
Joao Xavier, Managing Director Forum Istanbul said: "We are delighted to launch the very first Guinness World Records Live! Roadshow at Forum Istanbul and present the world's most recognizable record holders with an opportunity to meet face to face."
Sultan Kösen was announced the tallest man in the world by Guinness World Records last September and though he has enjoyed travelling the world as a result of his newfound fame, he is very happy to be back in Turkey and proud to host Pingping and show him around historical Istanbul on his first visit to the country.
Kösen said: "I've wanted to meet Pingping ever since I was awarded the title 'tallest man' and I'm really happy that he was willing to travel to Turkey so we could both take part in the launch celebration of Guinness World Records Live! At Forum Istanbul I can't wait to show him around our beautiful city."
Turkish Sultan Kösen (27) was announced the world's tallest man by Guinness World Records in September 2009. At 2.465 meters (8 ft 1 in), Kösen seized the title from China's Bao Xishun who stands 2.361 meters (7 ft 8.95 in) tall. Kösen is also the current Guinness World Records holder of 'largest hands' and 'largest feet', measuring 27.5 cm and 36.5 cm respectively. Born and raised in the Mardin province of Turkey, Kösen's height is due to a condition known as pituitary gigantism. After a series of surgeries to remove the tumor which was causing his excess growth, Kösen stopped growing in 2008.
The 21-year old He Pingping is the world's smallest mobile man. Pingping measures 74.61 cm (2 ft 5.37 in) and lives with his family in Inner Mongolia, China. In September 2008, Guinness World Records invited him to celebrate the launch of the Guinness World Records 2009 edition and meet Svetlana Pankratova, the woman with the world's longest legs.Pingping was born with a condition known as Primordial Dwarfism (PD) and according to his father, at birth he was small enough to fit into the palm of his parent's hand.
The Guinness World Records Live! Roadshow at Forum Istanbul will be open to the public from Friday t