Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 12:28 pm  |  21 responses

Links: The Nino

The world has a new smallest man to look up to…

by Lang Whitaker

I’m not sure how this column became a clearinghouse for all things little people, but during the dog days of summer, when most of the NBA is hibernating, well…we have to write about something. (Actually, I have a basketball post coming later this week that’s kinda awesome.) But three years ago, I threw in a random link one day about a gentleman named He Ping Ping, and it really took off from there. Sadly, Mr. Ping Ping passed away in March, a tragic event that shocked the world.

Well, now there’s good news, because the world — and The Links — has new smallest man to look up to: Edward Nino Hernandez. (Thanks to reader Michael Read for the tip.)

Here’s what we know: Mr. Hernandez, a Colombian, is 27 inches tall and weighs 22 pounds. He has a girlfriend. He works — part-time — as a dancer, and he enjoys reggaeton, merengue and salsa music.

Here’s a video from the Guinness people about Mr. Hernandez.

I like how the editor-in-chief of Guinness notes that being the world’s smallest man is “one of the most important titles.” I really couldn’t agree more.

But wait! There’s intrigue! According to the Guinness EIC, a job I hope to one day qualify for, there could soon be new world’s smallest man! There’s a 17-year-old in Nepal named Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is 5 cm shorter than Mr. Hernandez. Magar will turn 18 in October, which in the eyes of the Guinness people will qualify him as a man, and makes him squarely in line to succeed Mr. Hernandez.

Don’t worry, I’ll keep my eyes on this developing story. Until then, a hearty Links welcome to Mr. Hernandez.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    EL NINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Classic. And yes, Lang’s next post couldn’t be more different (though I expect Eboy will be first to comment on that one too! you’ll see why…)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The anticipation is already eating at me, bossman!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    At 1:30 in the video, if no one else thinks Nino looks like one of those 1 foot tall dancing figures you can pick up at Walmart or Walgreens, I must be losing it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I also like how during the photo ops of Ping Ping in the first one, the camera man lays on the ground to get a shot of Ping Ping poking the Bukingham Palace looking guard and then towards the end when they show Ping Ping getting the certificate, he’s leaning down as if he WON’T fit in the shot! Dude, you are miniature, you could have fit into a thimble!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Saw this the other day, thought of the links

  • http://www.oprah.com Doyouwantmore

    Ping would have dunked on both of those dudes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Hey Lang,

    If I was to send you an e-mail how would I go about doing that?


    Ping Ping was “an iconic character”

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    James the Balla: Hover over Lang’s byline. Link to his email is there.

  • Tom

    Shout out to Chris Farley! (RIP)

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Is that Yao Ming’s pinky toe?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I apologize in advance..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    You know, I saw the story and the first thing I thought of was The Links. And, as Lang points out, its the dog days of summer afterall so I fired off the email. Favorite quote from the story: “It bothers me that people are always touching me and picking me up.”

  • total scrotal implosion

    Michael, I had the exact same thoughts. U could just pick up the lil guy so easily……

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    1:29. YES!

  • barnabusb

    I actually referenced Ping Ping to my wife one time in casual conversation. It’s pretty awkward trying to explain that you know this info from a section on a basketball site….

  • http://sdjkflf.com Jukai

    Lang, this obsession is getting a bit worrying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I guess there isn’t a better place to say it: Happy Birthday, Mr. Whitaker…Thanks for keeping us entertained!

  • dma

    he has a girlfriend? i can’t imagine what their sex life is like…

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    dma, what would be more disturbing is if she dressed up for him. do they have a slutty section in baby gap?