Guinness World Records Crowns new World's Shortest Woman, Tallest Man

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When it comes to the Guiness World Records, size does matter.

After crowning a new king of the short people in naming Eduardo Niño Hernandez the new World's Shortest Man, Guinness World Records has found its queen in Elif Kocaman, who has been approved as the new World's Shortest Woman.

The 22-year-old Kocaman measures in at just about 28.6 inches tall, making her slightly taller than Hernandez who is 27.46 inches tall.

The young woman lives with her family in a town called Kadirli, which is part of the Osmaniye Province in the Mediterranean part of Turkey.

Another native of Turkey was also approved for his own world record.

Sultan Kösen of Mardin, Turkey, was given the title of World's Tallest Man by the Guinness Records after his height of 8-feet, 3-inches was confirmed by officials.

Kösen, who lives with his family that consists of his parents, three brothers and a sister, is said to still be growing even at age 28, but will be undergoing a treatment that experts hope will stall or stop his growth.

Being tall has hindered Kösen over the years as the part-time farmer has been unable to complete his education and schooling as a result of his incredible height, but he says he enjoys a somewhat normal existence and spends much time with his friends and playing video games.

According to the Times of India, Kösen's biggest goal in life is, “To travel and see the world and have a car that accommodates my size! My biggest dream though, is to get married and have children - I'm looking for love.”

With the confirmation, Kösen becomes the twelfth person in medical history to have a confirmed height of 8 feet or greater.

Latest Edition of Guinness World Records

The announcements of the new World's Shortest Woman and World's Tallest Man are part of the launching of the new 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records.

With both Kocaman and Kösen hailing from Turkey, the choice of Istanbul for the book launching was an obvious one.

Originally known as The Guinness Book of World Records up until 2000, Guiness World Records has been producing books chronicling some of the greatest and most bizarre human achievements since 1955.

The newest book, Guinness World Records 2011, includes content dedicated to heroes, wildlife, Route 66 and sports and also features new design, quiz of the year feature and GPS listings of certain records.

A hardback copy is currently available for purchase on Amazon.

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