Chandra Bahadur Dangi, from Nepal, the shortest adult to have ever been verified by Guinness World Records, poses for pictures with the world's tallest man Sultan Kosen from Turkey, during a photocall in London on Nov. 13, 2014, to mark Guinness World Records Day.
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November 13, 2014 11:52 AM EST

At 8’9″, Sultan Kösen, from Turkey, is the tallest man in the world. At 21 and a half inches, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, from Nepal, is the shortest. Today, the two met for the first time — in London, for the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day.

And it was magical. (Or, we assume it was magical.)

Kosen is 31-years-old and works as a farmer. Dangi, meanwhile, is 74 and has a job making placemats and head straps for villagers.

“Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives,” Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, told AFP. “And when I look into Chandra’s eyes I can see he is a good man.”

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