(16 Oct 2003 at 19:42)
|Crap, If you are tall, you make more money! (For those of you who don't know me in person, I should point out that I come in at a "99%th percentile" 5 foot 3 inches.)|
Each inch is like an extra $789 a year. I had better get on the rack...
|I stumbled across this earlier today, and it made me think of you. Fortunately, you found it yourself, thus saving me the trouble of having to send you the link.|
|I have heard of this study, but I wonder what range of heights they did the study on. From my experience, people that are considered "too tall" are threatening, and it is no longer an asset. Especially for women who are taller than their average male counterparts. I think that is is more of a stigma for men to be "short" (sorry Tom!). On the other hand, I've read articles that people that are considered overweight make less money than their "thin" counterparts. They are seen as lazy. So if we could gather all of the data, we could chart out a height vs weight ratio and its affect on earnings potential!
BTW, There is an operation (featured in the movie Gattaca) that can add up to two inches to your legs. It was developed to even out a leg that developed much shorter than the other causing disability. People now do this as cosmetic surgery. They break your legs and spread the bones apart and wait for the bones to grow over the open spans. It takes like a year to heal. Sounds really painful, but I've heard that it is somwhat popular among Asian businessmen trying to gain that "height advantage".
|Yeah, I was just kidding about the rack thing. ;) I don't really mind being short.|
|I have a friend, Helen, who is under 5' tall, and she dreams of having the operation done! I say, you do what you can with what you've got. :-)|
|Are all Helens under 5' tall?|
|Just the good ones!|
|Then again, the operation would "pay for itself"!!!|
|heheheheheeheeheheheh very funny dooooooooogs|