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    Fame Beckons For Man Set To Be Worlds Smallest

    Weighing about 12 pounds and standing just over 2 feet tall, Khagendra Thapa Magar officially became the shortest man in the world in October 2010, according to the Guinness World Records.

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    Khagendra Thapa Magar is the world's shortest man, Guinness World Records confirmed Oct. 14, 2010. The Napalese teen, 18, has a height of 26.4 inches. The previous record holder measured 27 inches.

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    A Nepalese doctor measures Khagendra Thapa Magar in front of a Guinness World Records official. The teen's tiny stature has made him a celebrity in his homeland of Pokhara.

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    Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar eats noodles at his home on the eve of his 18th birthday in Pokhara, which is more than 100 miles from Katmandu, Nepal. Magar's family has campaigned for years to get him the crown, but earlier requests to Guinness were rejected because of the possibility he might grow.

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    Khagendra Thapa Magar, seen here Oct. 13, 2010, weighs just over 12 pounds. The teen was tiny even at birth, weighing just 1.3 pounds. His father says he has no explanation for why he never grew taller — his younger brother is a normal height for a boy of 13.

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    Khagendra Thapa Magar — who already travels as part of a dancing troupe when he isn't helping his parents in their fruit shop — seems ready for the media spotlight that will accompany his new title. In this picture, he arrives to meet members of the media days before he was deemed the shortest man in the world.

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    Khagendra Thapa Magar is held next to a life-sized figure of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man ever, during a photo shoot in New York City's Times Square in September 2010.

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    Khagendra Thapa Magar, pictured when he was 15-year-old, gets ready to go outside in March 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal.

    Khagendra lives with his biological family and is also cared for as a family member by his manager who has set up a foundation in his name. He eats about 3.5 ounces of food per day.

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    Magar sits in the lap of a fully grown adult friend on March 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar is held affectionately by Padamkali, a close family relative, on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar poses for the camera on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar relaxes with Dhan Kumari, who is his manager's wife and acts as his second mother, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar plays with some of his toys outside his house on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar holds the hand of a fully grown adult friend on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar goes on a ride to Fewa Lake with his manager, Min Bahadur Rana Magar, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar fits into a handbag held by held by his mother, Dhan Maya, on March 13, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar cooks an egg in the kitchen with the help of Khan Kumari ,who is his manager's wife, on March 13, 2007 in Pokhara, Nepal.

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    Magar plays with some of his toys outside his house on March 12, 2007, in Pokhara, Nepal.

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  • Seventeen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar with father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar

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    Seventeen-year-old Magar stands with father Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar at his temporary residence in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 10.

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