How Tall Am I? Does it matter?
"All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height." Casey Stengel
The Tall and the Short
A Book About Tall Women
Looking at Height
Obviously height is not an important question to many, however, it is a question asked on hubpages in a Q&A session. "How tall are you?" seems to be pretty straightforward and very easy to answer but what if you look to a deeper meaning? Let's start with the obvious. There are tall men and tall women. There are tall tales and tall orders. There are tall fashions and then there's big and tall! There are short order cooks and short sales. Short women are often called "petite" rather than short, and of course no one wants to sell someone short!
As for tall people, in America our height is measured in inches and feet. According to WonderQuest.com the average height of an American woman is 5' 4". Average heights for women vary around the world; Czech Republic - 5' 6", India - 5', Italy - 5' 3". You can see there's quite a variation in heights around the world.
The average height for men in the same countries, is America - 5' 9" , Czech Republic - 5' 11", India - 5' 5", Italy - 5' 8". Seems men have it all over women, height-wise.
On a site called "Stuff Dutch People Like" they say Dutch people are the tallest people in the world, though it wasn't always so. If you look at houses built in our area (Ulster County) by the Dutch, the ceilings are very low and even people of average height have to bend down to get through the doorways. I guess it can be chalked up to evolution!
This quick look at tall and short probably left you thinking exactly what you were before you read this, but you have to admit it did give you food for thought.
“I’m 30-years-old, and I still can’t get out from under my father’s shadow. He’s really tall, so maybe I’ll just ask him to move over a few feet. ” - Jarod Kintz
Wendy Williams on Being Tall
Stilts Make You Tall
A Tall Man and a Short Man
Who's the Tallest of the Three?
Using the term 'mutt' very loosely, most Americans are mutts. We have many different heritages in our background. Of course there are some purebreds that are Johnny-come-lately's to the States but most of us are of mixed heritage thereby making our heights mixed as well. If you are of Italian and Indian decent you may be shorter or taller than either or both of those nationalities.
But are we obsessed with height? There are songs about being tall, Tall Paul, Long Tall Sally, Tall Cool One, Stand Tall to name a few. We expect models to be tall with the average model height being 5' 11"...we won't go into weight in this hub 'cause that's a whole different ballgame and is more about width than length. However, in the fashion world tall is definitely in.
So we looked a little bit about being tall. What about being short, that is a height too you know. USA Today did an article called "The debate is growing: is being short a disability?" Are you kidding me? Since when is your height a disability? I'm sure if you're as big as Thumbelina it could be a problem but normal short....Discover Magazine also did an article entitled "Is Being "Too Short' a Disability?" I don't mean to belittle anyone, no pun intended. I am not directing this at people who have stunted growth due to a disability or medical condition. I am just talking about generally short people. They are always quoting, "Good things come in small packages." Sometimes that's true and sometimes not, after all Dynamite comes in small packages too. What about the tall person who tries to sleep in a short bed? What about the tall woman who can't find a blouse because all the sleeves are too short? Tall and short both have advantages and disadvantages.
"Types really don`t matter. I have been accused of preferring blondes. But I have known some mighty attractive redheads, brunettes, and yes, women with grey hair. Age, height, weight haven`t anything to do with glamour." - Clark Gable
Benefits of Being Short
What is Tall?
So now that we've traveled all around and skirted the question at hand, How Tall Am I? Sometimes too tall, sometimes not tall enough! Sometimes too short and sometimes just right. Your height is like anything else, 'relative'. If you are trying to reach a high shelf you may find you are too short. If you are trying to play basketball you may find you are not tall enough. So how tall you are is really a matter of semantics and relativity. Really, what is considered tall? Is it different for man and women? We've already seen the differences in height among countries.
The tallest man in the world, at the moment, is Sultan Kosen at 8'1" and the shortest man in the world is 72-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi at 21.5 in. These statistics are from the Guinness Book of World Records. Just for your information, shortest woman in the world is 18-year-old Jyoti Amge at 2 ft .7 in.
Well, how tall am I? Compared to my 15 year old, 6' 3" grandson, I am short. Compared to my 5' 5" granddaughter, I am tall. See what I mean? I am actually 5' 7 -1/4"" though I used to be 5' 7-1/2" so I'm still changing my height even at my age! "How Tall Are You?"
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“Physical size can not measure the ferocity and compassion of the heart, spirit and soul. Truly in the measure of a person, short or tall doesn’t matter at all.” ― William G. Bentrim
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