The Amusing Side of Being Too Tall
Everybody wants to grow taller, except those who are already too tall for comfort. Being too tall is quite amusing, considering the social stigma it carries and the chances of finding yourself in awkward and funny situations. Surely, those who tower over the average man have great stories to tell. Let’s read some, try to relate and laugh.
“You’re tall, so you’re a basketball player, right?”
In the United States, the average height of males is 5’10 (176cm), while females stand at a modest 5’4 (163cm). If you’re taller than that, prepare to be asked if you’re a basketball player, especially if you stand at a towering 6’6 and above. This isn’t rare, considering that a lot of tall and athletic people make basketball their first sport. That being said, most people also believe that if you’re tall, you should be good at sports. Although stereotypes like these are not really offensive (they could be flattering), they may be irritating to tall people.
Clothes get wider, not longer
Let’s say you’re tall and lanky, and your clothes are no longer fit. What do you do? You step into the department store and look for shirts that fit. To you utter dismay and disappointment, despite buying a shirt labeled as “XL” it is still is as short as your shirts at home but with a slight difference – it is wider. Rather than shopping for clothes that fit, you’re actually trying out ones which make you look like a clothes hanger.
Your friends are bad at walking
Whenever tall people walk, they take longer strides due to the length of their legs: much to the discomfort of shorter people. If you’re a tall person, your friends might have mentioned several times to make your pace slower, only to turn back and see them half-jogging in the hopes of trying to catch up.
Airplane seats are knee-crushers
Taller people should always travel first class, considering rows and columns are spaced so tightly that it makes it hard for tall people to fit. Whenever the person in front of you reclines his chair, you will most likely get your knees crushed. So much for a comfortable fight.
You always call shotgun
Due to your size, you may be asked to sit in the front seat if you’re riding a friend’s car, especially since you take up too much space. This is an awesome perk of being tall, simply because you don’t have to contend with having to squeeze in tight spaces in the backseat.
“Why are you so tall?”
Once in a while, tall people get a cracker of a question like this one. Basically, no one knows why they’re tall, mostly blaming it on genetics or healthy living. You might have rehearsed your reply to this question more than a hundred times already.
If you play soccer, handball or hockey, you’re the goalie
Fat guys don’t get to play goalkeeper most of the time – tall guys take a fair share of the cake. Due to their wide wingspans and body structure, they crowd attacking players and are a brick wall in the defensive end. In football/soccer, goalies like Edwin Van Der Sar, Oliver Khan, Tim Krul, Jasper Cillessen and Peter Cech tower over their teammates, ditto for outfield players like Per Mertesacker and Peter Crouch.
Other than the above mentioned situations, tall people may find shower heads to be too low, beds too short, have to protect themselves from umbrella points – and people who may attack them in concerts and shows!