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Vesna Vulović, the stewardess who fell to earth (1950-2016).

Vesna Vulović, an air stewardess who survived the highest ever fall without a parachute after her plane broke up at 33,000ft (10,000m), has died aged 66. She was not scheduled to be on that flight, being mixed up with another flight attendant named Vesna. Trapped in the plane’s tail cone, she plummeted to earth in sub-freezing temperatures and landed on a steep, heavily wooded slope. She had a fractured skull, two crushed vertebrae and a broken pelvis, ribs and legs. She went on to put her celebrity at the service of political causes, protesting against Slobodan Milošević’s rule in the 1990s and later campaigning for liberal forces in elections. The MythBusters investigation, later questions about the circumstances and height of fall, and more. (previously)
posted by Wordshore on Dec 24, 2016 - 28 comments

Pauvre sapin

In downtown Montréal, a balsam fir has become the object of snark and controversy. Twitter accounts for the tree have been set up in both French and English. The tree's presence in Montréal's Quartier des Spectacles is the result of an attempt to erect North America's largest Christmas tree to mark Montreal's 375th anniversary. Through no fault of its own, Montréal's tree has garnered coverage by the New York Times since, to date, Rockefeller Center's tree is still the tallest.
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Dec 19, 2016 - 49 comments

Shorter Human Mode

Users come in all shapes and sizes; some tall, some short, some seated. Since the user interacts in a room-scale VR space with a realistic approximation of their body, the physical dimensions of both the space and the user matter. Depending on the design of the space and the dimensions/limitations of that user, they may not be able to interact with the space in an ideal fashion, if at all.
Accessibility in VR: Head Height, first in a continuing series of articles.
posted by carsonb on Jul 11, 2016 - 8 comments

The world's shortest man ever, RIP

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who stood at just 21 inches tall (54.6 cm), has passed away at 75 years old, after being ill with pneumonia. He was the shortest adult ever recorded and confirmed by Guinness. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 comments

All creatures great and small

Olympic athletes come in all shapes and sizes. The BBC's handy new app allows you to see which athlete you are the closest body match with. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Aug 3, 2012 - 109 comments

"what real women look like"

my body gallery - photographs of women, searchable by height, weight, clothing size, and body type (via youlookfab) [more inside]
posted by flex on Aug 4, 2011 - 104 comments

Why are the Dutch so tall?

Why are the Dutch so tall? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 8, 2011 - 90 comments

Cockeyed's Photographic Height/Weight Chart

rob cockerham presents: the cockeyed.com photographic height/weight chart. (about)
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 28, 2010 - 20 comments

You must be THIS TALL to file a W-2

Economists Matthew Weinzierl (HBS) and Gregory Mankiw (Harvard) make a utilitarian case for a height tax. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jun 24, 2009 - 123 comments

Too tall!

Moreover, based on the empirical distribution of height and wages, the optimal height tax is substantial: a tall person earning $50,000 should pay about $4,500 more in taxes (pdf) than a short person earning the same income. Draw what inferences you will.
posted by Pants! on Dec 15, 2007 - 41 comments

Big Hairy Mystery

Who is taller, Bin Laden or Bigfoot? Bernard Heuvelmans says: “A creature covered with long hair always looks bigger than it really is...” For that matter how big is Rambo? Or Arnold Schwartzenegger? (Play the game!) How tall are you?
posted by CCBC on Sep 13, 2007 - 38 comments

Smoots in the West End of the Shire

The LoTR musical needs Hobbits of a certain stature. What stature is that, budding thespians might ask? Well, smoot-height, of course! (Actually, 5'7" — or 170 cm — is the maximum height a would-be Frodo or Bilbo could be.) Another requirement is the ability to sing two songs ... and hairy appendages wouldn't hurt. So start knitting those foot-merkins! Auditions: 18 September, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St (tube stop: Covent Garden).
posted by rob511 on Sep 12, 2006 - 25 comments

HeightMax

HeightMax I'd like to believe this is a joke, but I don't think it is. Internet scammers are no longer content with enlarging just parts of your body. Now you can grow the whole thing!
posted by Mwongozi on Nov 22, 2004 - 35 comments

Average American vs European Height

Those towering Dutchmen The height of the average American is roughly the same as it was during the Revolutionary war. The heights of many northwestern Europeans continue to shoot up. Is this simply genetics at work, or could Bush and the Republicans possibly be at fault here?
posted by rks404 on Mar 30, 2004 - 38 comments

Tall tales

The tallest man on record was Roger Pershing Wadlow which I discovered after finding this curious photo. His 8'11.1" stature dwarfed Andre's mere 7'4" height. Both suffered from the rare pituitary disorder of gigantism or acromegaly. China has some really tall people including Defen Yao. If her height of 7"8.5" is accurate, it is more than an inch taller than Guinness record holder Sandy Allen. By comparison, the top 50 tallest basketball players provide some scale. (centimeter converter). Apparently, girls and giants are a popular combo.
posted by madamjujujive on Sep 26, 2003 - 20 comments

Do short men get short-changed?

Do short men get short-changed? Any real life experiences to back up or refute this study? I found this very interesting: "If a teenage sense of social exclusion influences future earnings, it may have great implications for youngsters from minority groups."
posted by bittennails on Apr 30, 2002 - 65 comments

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