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July 24, 2003

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Shorter than I Thought

After reading a thread on the Straight Dope Message Boards, I decided to look up the height chart for someone who's 26. I'm very well-aware of the fact that I'm below the average height for this country. I just didn't know how bad it was.

From this chart, I found that the average American male is almost 5'10", compared to my 5'7". Due to (what I'm assuming is) the bell-curve-like distribution of heights, I'm not even up to the 25th percentile. If I had to guess, I'd say I'm somewhere around the 10th or 15th. If I knew any statistics I could probably say with some confidence just how short I am.

In the meantime, I'm going to try to find some Asians to hang out with -- they almost universally make me feel tall.

Stupid charts

[Link to this comment] Posted by Dallas on July 24, 2003 1:21 PM.

Well, I'm 75th percentile for height (6' or 6'1"), and about 80th for weight (205 lbs). The thing told me my ideal weight is 189, and that I'm overweight.
Where do I enter that I go to the gym and run every day? Stupid charts. If I bothered to go to a doctor in the past couple of years, he'd say I'm in fine shape.

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Re: Stupid charts

[Link to this comment] Posted by Jason on July 24, 2003 3:17 PM.

Yeah, the weight ones I don't have much faith in -- there are too many other things to consider. (On the other hand, I know I could stand to lose at least 30 pounds.) But this one does explain why I'm one of the shortest guys I know, at least.

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