Re: silly millimeter
- Well, one of my bosses was male and several inches shorter than me (I'm 5-6). My
daughter is an inch shorter than me (and boy is she pissed). My mother-in-law was
5-1. Karen Trimble is very short (not even 5 feet), but she makes a great Lobelia
Baggins! Harold's fourth grade teacher (a woman in her 20s) was 5-3, and had one
male student taller than her (his adult height will be 6-8). My brother is 5-7 as is
my father. My ex's current wife is 5-short (like 3) and one of her teenage son's
almost at full growth isn't much taller.
There seem to be a reasonable number of shorter people out there. Most of them are
probably older, but a lot of kids aren't always taller than their parents anymore
either (see my daughter).
Just for the record, my husband is 6 feet. Moose may end up 6-2. Grandpa Harold was
about 6 feet before he started shrinking from old age, he's about 5-9 now.
Oh, and if you want a shorter inseam, go to a store that caters to Orientals. They
tend to be shorter, so the "men's petite" can be found there. And the tailor can
also be your friend <g>.
David Lenander wrote:
> Re: the stats forwarded by Wendell (?) where are all of these short Americans who
> bring down the average to 5' 9" ? From my observations, there are FAR more men
> around taller than 5-9, taller than 6 feet, for that matter, than shorter
> than I am (I pretend to 5-6). And I really meet few men as short as I am, or
> even just a little bit taller at 5-7 or so. The stats for women seem similarly
> skewed. While I do meet women shorter than I am, I certainly encounter many
> much taller. Maybe we have taller people in Minnesota than in other parts of
> the country? If the average height of women is 5-3, then the vast majority of
> women I meet should be shorter than I am, and I don't think that's at all the
> case. I would guess that most women I meet are my height or taller.
> Also, while we don't have to worry too much about suits of mail or armor, men's
> pants are mostly sold in inseams of 30" or even 32" minimum (sometimes you can
> find 28"), if there are all these short men out there, of 5' 4" and 5' 2" or
> whatever, to balance 6' 4" men in achieving our average height of 5-9, why don't
> retailers sell pants in shorter lengths? (I realize that there are boys' sizes
> out there, too).