US woman is world's shortest

2011-09-21 08:29

Chicago - A college student whose hobbies include dancing and cheer leading is the world's shortest woman, Guinness World Records said on Tuesday.

Bridgette Jordan, 22, and her younger brother Brad, who measures 98cm tall, were also named the "shortest living siblings" by the record-keeper.

Brad Jordan, 20, enjoys karate, gymnastics, basketball and performing magic tricks.

The siblings, who attend Kaskasia College in central Illinois, were both born with Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II.

"I believe that everyone should be confident in themselves," Bridgette said in a statement.

Previously, the shortest living woman was Elif Kocaman of Kadirli, Turkey, who is 72cm tall. The record for shortest woman who ever lived was Pauline Musters, of the Netherlands, who measured 61cm when she died from pneumonia at age 19 in 1895.

Jordan's record may not stand for long as 70cm Jyoti Amge in India turns 18 in December when she would qualify as the world's shortest woman, a Guinness spokesperson said.

  • CherryTree - 2011-09-21 08:57

    Uhh, News24, you forgot to mention just how tall Bridgette is!

      snickertates - 2011-09-21 09:22

      I was looking for that info too!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 10:20

      News24 is short on information :-)

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 10:21

      And as such the article falls short...

      Robert Cerff - 2011-09-21 13:01

      Um... They do... don't mention Brad's height. "Bridgette Jordan, 22, and her younger brother Brad, who measures 98cm tall, were also named the "shortest living siblings" by the record-keeper." quick english lesson... you can remove the ", and her younger brother Brad," from that sentence and you'll realise that she's the one who is 98cm tall. Granted poor reporting, but it's there.

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:06

      Cherry, in the second paragraph it says her brother is 98cm and she is 22. (Which is quite short, of course.)

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:36

      Robert Cerff wrong. 'Ain't there and she's 69 cm. (Which is a lot taller than 22-, of course.)

      Orcanda - 2011-09-21 14:51

      They both measured 98 cm tall.

      Orcanda - 2011-09-21 15:00

      Correction she is 27 inches tall that is 68.58 cm tall and he is 37 inches tall = 93.98cm tall

  • maneki - 2011-09-21 09:00

    Uhm, and it would also be nice to actually see a picture too...

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:15

      Agreed a story like this needs a pic; short-sighted omission!

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:19

      But at least we have the long and short of the story.

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:37

      @ maneki, She's short.

      Orcanda - 2011-09-21 15:01

      Thats why there is something like Google

  • Ixian - 2011-09-21 09:37

    Ja, the story was rather short. ;)

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 10:20

      Skeptics may call this a tall story

      Barry - 2011-09-21 16:40

      @ Ixian @ Matt :-) LOL

  • Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 10:19

    Q: who was the shortest person in the Bible? A: Bildad the Shuhite (shoe-height...) Sorry, had to get that joke off my chest :-)

      Barry - 2011-09-21 16:41


  • preshen govender - 2011-09-21 10:26

    she sell herself short

      sardonicus - 2011-09-21 11:42

      You should sell yourself sometime too

  • phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 13:26

    "Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II." Whaaaat? Could they make that not a bit shorter?

      Orcanda - 2011-09-21 15:02


      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:44

      "Midget" would work but apparently that's not allowed anymore

      Killroy2011 - 2011-09-22 07:06

      Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II." 47 letters @ one for every inch is a tall story

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