18/11/2016 6:11 AM IST | Updated 18/11/2016 6:19 AM IST

World's Shortest Couple Gets The Rings, Then The Record

Nov. 17 is a big day in the lives of Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Lie Hoshino Barros.

The Brazilian couple married in September after an eight-year relationship, but Thursday was when they got a wedding gift they’ve wanted for years: Official recognition from Guinness World Records that they are the world’s shortest married couple.

Both Paulo, 31, and Katyucia, 28, have dwarfism. He is 35.54 inches tall; she is 35.88 inches.

With a combined height of 71.42 inches, they beat out previous record holders, fellow Brazilians Douglas Maistre Breger da Silva and Claudia Pereira Rocha, who were 35.4 inches and 36.6 inches respectively.

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Paulo Gabriel da Silva Barros and Katyucia Lie Hoshino Barros of Brazil have been declared the "World's Shortest Married Couple" by Guinness World Records.

The Barros’ have long wanted the shortest couple honor. But they had to be officially married in order to get recognition.

The couple released a statement via Guinness World Records: 

We are so happy to be a part of Guinness World Records Day and to have our unique record celebrated. We hope our new record will encourage the world to look past the physical differences in others and understand all people should be treated equally.

Guinness World Records Day is an annual event when the company encourages people to set as many records as possible.

Some of the weirder records that were either set or broken include:

  • Highest Dunk Of A Biscuit By A Bungee Jumper
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    Brit Simon Berry fell 240 feet, 10 inches in order to dunk a biscuit.
  • Most Flowers Picked Up With The Mouth In A Contortion Backbend In One Minute,
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    China's Liu Teng managed to pick 15 flowers in her mouth in one minute while doing a contortion backbend.
  • Largest Human Jigsaw Puzzle
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    Employees of Covestro Deutschland AG, in Brunsbüttel, Germany, set the Guinness World Record for the largest human jigsaw puzzle piece, which had 548 participants.
  • Largest Light Bulb Display In An Indoor Venue
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    Universal Studios Singapore has a display consisting of 824,961 individual light bulbs.
  • Most Rings Placed On A Target By A Parrot In One Minute
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    Skipper Blue the Macaw managed to put 19 rings on a target in one minute.
  • Most Magic Tricks Done In A Skydive
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    Brit Martin Rees managed to do 11 magic tricks while skydiving.
  • Most Traffic Cones Balanced On A Chin
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    Keisuke Yokota from Japan balanced 26 traffic cones on his chin.
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