David is thinking about the meat faerie (zoomardav) wrote,
David is thinking about the meat faerie

Height and economic equality...

Long story short, I am now a member of the world's tallest imrpov group. Two other improvisers from the festival and I formed a small group called The Giant Improvisers. All of us are 6' 4" or taller and broadly built. (We are also all funny, smart and handsome, but it would be bragging to point that out.) We may take on other members in the future and there are plans to perform a few shows this time next year.

I bought giantimprovisers.com (there isn't anything there yet) and sent an announcement to my fellow giants of improv.

Henk, who is Dutch, sent me back this article from the Chicago Tribune.

It seems there is a theory that the average height of a country has a corralation to the equality of the distribution of wealth in that country. Of course there are other factors, but a case can be made that people in "lower classes" are shorter than the "upper classes". In England during the Industrial Revolution, the the workers were an average of 8 1/2" shorter than the bosses.

So, the Dutch have gained an inch of average height every decade since the 50s. They have now eclispsed America by shooting up to 6' 1" average, while Americans are stuck at 5' 9 1/2".

All I can say is that everyone should appreciate tall people as symbols of all that is good and right with the world. We are doing our doing our patriotic part to help America achieve economic equality, as well as to show the world the effectiveness of our sanitation and health systems. Never have I been so proud to be ungainly and lumbering.
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