Sep 18, 2008

World's Smallest Man, met woman with the longest legs

Trafalgar Square routinely serves as a stage for mimes, jugglers and other acts, but the tourist attraction drew an exceptionally curious crowd Tuesday when the shortest man who can walk met the woman with the longest legs.

He Pingping, of China, stands precisely 2 feet 5.37 inches tall (.7461 meters tall). The 20-year-old was born with a type of dwarfism.

He called Svetlana Pankratova's legs "very beautiful."

The two met, with He standing at Pankratova's knees, the publicize the release of "Guinness World Records 2009." This year's version of the popular book is due out Wednesday.

Pankratova, 36, who is Russian but lives in Spain, has legs that are nearly 52 inches (132 centimeters) long, or more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. Her upper body has nearly typical proportions, giving her a giraffe-like appearance.