While it may sound like a tall tale, it’s actually true; last week, the world’s tallest man met the world’s smallest woman.
Sultan Kösen is a 35-year-old Turkish man who currently holds the Guinness World Record for his height, measuring in at a whopping 8 feet 3 inches.
Jyoti Amge is a 24-year-old Indian woman who also holds a Guinness record – but for the opposite. Amge measures in at just 24.7 inches tall, making her the smallest woman in the world.
The world's shortest woman, Jyoti Amge from India, and the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, met in Egypt for a very unusual photo opportunity.https://t.co/vP69mReqbw pic.twitter.com/nYrCkqOKMv— Kubatana (@kubatana) February 6, 2018
The two met at the Great Pyramids of Giza last Friday as a way to bolster the faltering tourist industry in Egypt.
The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board said that Amge and Kösen would be visiting other famous national sites during their stay in the North African country.
Kösen, who is the first person to measure over 8 feet in the last decade, is only one of ten people who have ever been recorded to break 8 feet in history. The gentle giant grew to such heights because of a condition called “pituitary gigantism”, which is caused by an over-production of growth hormones.
Though he wasn’t able to finish school because of his height, the Kurdish man worked as a farmer to support his family before finding success as an actor in several Hollywood films.
The world’s shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, poses with the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. pic.twitter.com/rRrNKeeZwc— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 29, 2018
Amge’s height, on the other hand, is caused by a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
At 18 years old, the teen was declared the smallest woman in 2011. She has since become an actress on the hit television show “American Horror Story”.
PRETTY COOL, RIGHT?: The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen, and the shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, visited Egypt's Giza Pyramids on Friday, as part of a campaign which aims to revive the country's struggling tourism industry. pic.twitter.com/TWznLL7oCF— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) January 29, 2018
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