Smallest Man in the World Is Too Tiny for a Whole Beer

Kim Conte

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Meet Junrey Balawing, a teenager from the Philippines who will be officially crowned the new world's shortest man by the Guinness World Records when he turns 18 on Sunday. How is he celebrating this momentous event? By drinking his first beer, of course -- just not the whole thing.

Balawing stands at just 22 inches, which is 4.4 inches shorter than the world's current shortest man -- Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar. Because Balawing in so tiny -- about the size of a 1-year-old -- he can't walk without help, and he can't stand for too long because it's too painful. That might be enough to get some folks down, but Balawing doesn't really seem like that kind of a guy.

In fact, in all of the news clips and newspaper photos of Balawing, he's pictured looking happy and content with his parents and brothers and sisters. And according to his mother, he's beaming with pride now that he has been named the world's smallest man.

The way his family tells it, this is an exciting opportunity for a poor family from a small village. When Balawing's parents noticed that he had stopped growing after his first birthday and was always sick, they took him to several doctors, only to discover there was no way they could afford vitamins to help his condition let alone the expensive treatment that was recommended. But now his parents say there's a happy ending in store for Balawing: He will be honored at a huge party and will be famous all over the world.

And as for trying beer for the first time, here's Balawing's reaction:

I like it but can only have a little. I want a beautiful wife.

Happy birthday & congrats to Junrey!

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