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It could have been worse

I just came to the realization that I have no clue what 'average height' really entails. I was watching an anime called Azumanga Daioh out of sheer boredom and there's a girl on there who's taller than all the other characters. She's so tall that at one point they suggest that she must be sucking the height out of one of the shortest characters. When she mentions that she's crossed the 170 cm threshold, they all gasped. So, since I have no real functional conception of the metric system, I went to google and found a converter, fully expecting her to top 6' or thereabouts. Turns out that 170 cm is only 5'7, which seemed pretty average to me. A little more searching about found that the average woman in the states is only 5'4 and the average man 5'9.

All I can say is that I feel sorta lucky having bucked the trends. I'm sure it wasn't easy with all those asian genes swimming around but I somehow managed to top 6' by an inch or two. It's a good thing too because the only thing worse than being a fatass, is being a short fatass. Not to mention I could use the extra give in height since I'm sure I seem shorter now just with all the slouching. I still remember once, checking one of those BMI charts trying to figure out how tall I would have to be in order to perfectly fit my weight. All I can say is that I probably would have made a hell of a NBA player. I could have just stood by the net and dropped the ball in. There would be no need for jumping, that's for sure. Oh well. What genetics gives with one hand, it takes with the other.


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Jun. 16th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
I'm guessing the anime was Asian........and see 5'7 would be really tall in Asia.
Jun. 16th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
So I would be gargantuan over there?
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
People would point at you ~ yell 'Giant' and run off screaming.
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
People are definitely shorter in the US than in Norway. I'm 5'6, which is average leaning to the short side over here, while in the US, I'm usually taller than the people around me (I tend to wear platforms). What's interesting is that I'm also taller than a lot of MEN in the US. It's interesting to see that the average height for men is 5'9; I would have expected it to be much less, going by my own experiences. Then again, maybe that's caused by people either being quite short or quite tall? I dunno. Either way, it's fun when I'm over there, 'cause I feel tall. :p
Jun. 16th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
The few times I've been around people much taller than I am, I found it disturbing. Having to look up at people just didn't feel right. I think I remember some study that looked at that. Women had a better impression of a guy they looked up at, while for men it was the reverse. This is dispite actual height. I think they had them sitting or on different level platforms or whatever.
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