The world’s tallest man has met the world’s shortest woman in the shadows of the pyramids in Egypt.
Sultan Kosen, 35, from Turkey, who is 2.5m tall (or 8ft 3in), towered over 24-year-old Jyoti Amge from India, who stands just 60cm (or 2ft) high.
The two Guinness Wold Record holders met in Cairo as part of a new campaign which hopes to revive* the country’s struggling tourism industry.
The two will visit other well-known Egyptian sites during their stay.
According to the Guinness World Records, Kosen is the first person in more than 10 years to measure more than 8ft and is one of only 10 confirmed cases in history.
Remarkably, his family members are all normal size.
His size is caused by a condition known as pituitary gigantism, which is an over-production of growth hormone. Kosen was also normal height up until a massive growth spurt when he was 10 years old. He was unable to finish school because of his height and he worked as a farmer to help support his family.
Amge’s height is due to a form of drawfism* called achondroplasia. She was officially declared the world’s smallest woman in 2011 after her 18th birthday.
Amge is an actress and she worked with Hollywood actress Jessica Lange and other A-list stars when he stook on the role of Ma Petit in American Horror Story: Freak Show, which aired in 2014.
Kosen also has some celebrity connections after he starred in the Hollywood film Achieving the Impossible in 2016.
- revive: bring back to life or strength
- dwarfism: unusually small size
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1. Read or listen to the article carefully and complete the following activities.
- Who are Sultan Kosen and Jyoti Amge? Write a short paragraph about each person with as many details from the article as you can find.
- Where did they meet and why?
- How do you think having Kosen and Amge at the pyramids will help tourism in the area?
- Would it convince you to go to Egypt to see them?
- If you were Kosen or Amge how would you feel about being asked to go to Egypt for a photo shoot to help tourism in the area?
Extension: The article mentions that Kosen and Amge are expected to visit other well-known Egyptian sites during their stay. Do some research about Egypt and find five places they might visit. Write a paragraph about the significance of each site and what they might see when visiting it. Include a picture of each site.
Time: allow 40 minutes.
Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Education, Geography, Ethical Capabilities
2. What are some of the challenges that Kosen and Amge (or anyone with these conditions) would face with everyday tasks?
Draw a Venn-Diagram (two overlapping circles). In one circle write the challenges that Kosen would face (for example; having to stoop to fit through doorways) and in the second circle write the challenges that Amge would face (for example; reaching things on the top shelf at the supermarket). In the overlapping section write the challenges that they would both face (for example; finding clothes to fit)
Extension: Choose two challenges for each person and think of a way that you could solve the problem. (For example; clothes may need to be custom made)
Time: Allow 30 minutes.
Curriculum links: English, Personal and Social capabilities
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many connectives as you can find in pink. Discuss if these are being used as conjunctions, or to join ideas and create flow.