Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nepali claims to be World's Smallest Boy

Khagendra Thapa Magar is a little boy with big aspirations - he wants to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Thapa, at 20 inches tall and weighing in at 10 lbs, claims to be the world’s smallest boy.

Currently Guinness doesn’t have a Smallest Boy Category, but they are considering it. Thapa says that his nearest competition is some kid who is 25 inches tall.

Some thoughts:

Thapa will probably never be able to be a laborer of any kind so he needs to cash in on his lack of height why he can. But what happens if he hits a growth spurt? Legendary Bulls’ small forward Scottie Pippen grew something like 7 inches between his freshmen and sophomore years of college. 7 inches would put Thapa over 2 feet, and, once you are over 2 feet you’re just a real short dude.

What are the parameters of the Smallest Boy Category? An age needs to be defined here. What if the boy who Thapa says to be his nearest competitor at 25 inches is 17 years-old? Thapa could grow 5 inches in 3 years. It could happen.

How did Thapa, a boy of little resources living in Nepal, learn about the kid who is 25 inches tall? Is there some type of 3’ and under convention held each year in Kathmandu?

If Thapa learned English he could makes loads of money in Hollywood. Think of the success of Verve Villechaize, aka Tattoo, and the guy who played mini-me, not to mention the lollipop gang trio. Thapa is shorter than all of them so his earning potential must be greater. Plus...

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