Chandra Bahadur Dangi stands just 54.6cm tall, measurements confirmed, 5.3cm shorter than Filipino Junrey Balawing, the previous holder of the “world’s shortest man” title.
“I’m continually amazed that this record keeps getting broken,” Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said in a statement after the adjudication in the Nepali capital Kathmandu.
“Just when you think it’s impossible for the record to get any smaller, Mr Dangi comes along and astonishes us all.
“What I find equally remarkable is his age – if he really is 72, he is by far the oldest person to be awarded the shortest-man record in Guinness World Record’s 57-year history.”
Mr Dangi has also been declared the shortest human adult ever documented, taking the accolade from India’s Gul Mohammed, who was measured at 57cm before he died in 1997 aged 40.
What if, every time you wanted to switch on a light, you had to bleed? Would you think twice before illuminating the room, and in turn, using up energy?
That’s the idea behind the blood lamp, invented by Mike Thomspon, an English designer based in The Netherlands. The lamp contains luminol – the same chemical forensic scientists use to check for traces of blood at a crime scence. Luminol reacts with the iron in red blood cells and creates a bright blue glow.
To use the lamp, you first need to mix in an activating powder. Then, you break the glass, cut yourself, and drip blood into the opening.
Thompson came up with the rather gruesome idea, reported by New Scientist recently, a few years ago while he was studying for his masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He was researching chemical energy for a project and came across luminol.
“It kind of triggered this thought in my mind, that if energy somehow came at a cost to us, then maybe it would make us think differently about the way we use it,” Thompson told LiveScience. The lamp is intended to “challenge people’s preconceived notions about where our energy comes from,” he said, and it forces the user “to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.”
And the fact that it is a single-use light makes its application all the more meaningful.
“You have to really decide when to use this lamp because it’s only going to work once,” Thompson said. “So it makes it kind of a poignant moment.”
Thompson designed and produced the lamp in 2007, and made a video of his project this year.
Just a pic of one of the new taxi cabs driving around Dubai 🙂
The latest addition to the Dubai Taxi line-up seemes to be the $1 million plus Bugatti Veron. The gas guzzler does 6 miles pr gallon so be sure to have a full wallet when going to the beach in this sexy looking taxi.
And also be sure to check out the source “WTF News.org” for more funny stories.
A street cleaner who handed in a Rolex watch could be in for a £60,000 payout after finding three more high-value timepieces in the same drain.
Arron Large was commended for his honesty after discovering the £21,000 Rolex in and promptly handing it in to police.
However, when he returned to the same spot with a local television news crew to explain his story, he was stunned to find three more expensive watches – another Rolex, an Omega and A Franck Muller. 0_o