We had the reoccurring conversation today about height. You see, W claims to be 5’7″, but I am 5′ 7″ and I am taller than he is. Claims in today’s discussion included:
- Perhaps a Mens 5′ 7″ is different than a Womens 5′ 7″… just as a Mens size 10 shoe is bigger than a Womens size 10 shoe
- He wasn’t breastfed, so suffered a stunted growth. However, I wasn’t breastfed either. In fact, I challenged that most babies born between 1970-1988 were formula fed. I like to think my height is thanks to an obscene amount of milk drunk in the form of Carnation Instant Breakfast
- Average male height is 5′ 6″… and he is actually above average. I then qualified that he cannot count average WORLD height, which includes billions of small Asian people.
We went straight to the laptop to do some research, and W was momentarily pleased with himself when he read that the average US male height was 5’7″…. but then he reread it and that was for US men of Mexican descent.
It’s reported that the average white US male is in fact 5′ 10 1/2″. When he expressed his shock, I brought up how he always seems to note that, “wow, everyone in this bar is tall,” or “wow, that group of friends is tall.”
However, the average woman is 5’4″. So if you take the 3 inches I’m OVER the average height, and the 4 inches W is UNDER the average height, we’re almost on par as a unit. At least we’re tall in personality!