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How Tall Am I? Does it matter?

Updated on September 25, 2013

"All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height." Casey Stengel

The Tall and the Short

How Tall Am I when standing in front of leaves?
How Tall Am I when standing in front of leaves? | Source
Robert Wadlow, tallest man ever
Robert Wadlow, tallest man ever | Source

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 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

How tall is someone wearing stilts?
How tall is someone wearing stilts? | Source

A Tall Man and a Short Man

How tall is the man on the left?  How tall is the man on the right?
How tall is the man on the left? How tall is the man on the right? | Source

Who's the Tallest of the Three?

Robin's taller than Batman?
Robin's taller than Batman? | Source

Americans' Height

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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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Alecia, I am 5' 7" and still not the tallest in my definitely doesn't matter how short or tall you are, its what's inside that counts.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm 5'3" which is close to average in the States. My parents are taller but close enough to average height. Most of the women in my family are short with a couple exceptions- my maternal aunt and great grandmother among them. But for the most part I'm actually taller than my aunts. I don't think height says anything about you except what you can reach and fit in. It doesn't define who you are. Excellent hub!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Being tall isn't all its cracked up to be either Mary....pants are too short, sleeves are too know the drill. I've lost 1/2 inch so far! Glad you enjoyed.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I am only 5 ft. tall, (used to be 5' 2"), but you know we shrink as we age, and I'm older than dirt! I wish I had just grown another 2 inches; the world is made for tall folks. Being short is a real hindrance trying to reach kitchen cabinets, etc.

      I enjoyed this one....Vote it UP, and will share.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Effie, all is okay. I wrote a hub about his surgery..Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. I did give it hell didn't I? Thanks for the A-Plus!!

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      surgery? I hope all is OK....

      Don't worry, Till, you have done an awesome job. There's still a chance you'll do it. If not, you get and A-PLUS all the way from me.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks ki8mberlyslyrics!

      Effie, I don't know what's happening. You're my number one bud, sorry things are messed up. Thanks for the effort in trying to track me down. I'm on day #29 and only have 25 hubs. Larry's surgery set me back so I don't think I'm going to make 30/30. Maybe 30/32?

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie.....I had to go to your home site because your hubs weren't being announced on my homepage thread...and I began to wonder where the heck you were! I'm thinking you must be pretty close to 30...or are you done? I have to check what hubs I've missed and then figure out why you are M.I.A. from my thread.

      Enough of my bitchin! This hub is absolutely fabulous. I love're so damned clever. This is creative as all heck. Voted way UP Like really TALL!!! lol

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      voted way up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      nice job


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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Well Kevin, I always thought my height was just right too! Thanks for the compliments.

      Tom, when I was a kid they used to call me "stretch" because I was taller than the other girls.

      Eddy, glad you liked this hub. Have a great day too!

      ishwaryaa22, you too are so right. I totally agree with your 3 'Cs".

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Entertaining hub on height! Everything you said in this hub is right. Actually height does not matter much and 3 'Cs' matter a lot and help all types of people in their lives- Charm, Character and Confidence! See Tom Cruise- he may not as tall (about 5'7) as his contemporaries but he is more successful than most of them! I am 5'8- I guess tall by Indian female standards. When as a kid, I was not comfortable with my ample height and now I happily accepted it.

      Thanks for SHARING. Interesting. Voted up.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Very unique and interesting. Great work and I vote up.

      Take Care And Enjoy your day.


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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      5 7 that's almost giant - you have 6 inches ov you long legged amazon beauty my wife I think your 1 ans a half shorter than My daughter I answered the forum question on this in my usual wat....


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      kevins blog52 6 years ago from southern Indiana

      You are a very beautiful women tillsontitan,5'7" and 1/4 isn't to tall or to small but rather just right.I voted up and interesting. God bless


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