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Tallisms: Happiness Found Up High

June 27th, 2013

Summer time brings romance to full bloom as wedding season begins in earnest. We are reflective on the social norm where a loving couple includes a tall dark and handsome man with a shorter lovely women. But there are of course variations to this model, like a women taller than her male spouse or an extremely tall husband with an extremely short wife. How important is height in a relationship and how tall should your partner be in order to be happy?

Many researchers have found that men and women want different heights for their ideal partner. Women are happiest if their man is 8 inches taller and men are happiest if they are 3 inches taller. Studies have found that women’s ideal height for their man is 6 foot 3 inches and man’s ideal height for their lady is 5 feet 9 inches. And if the woman is taller than the man, then the relationship is deemed unacceptable. About 92% of all couples have the man taller than the women, 4% of women are taller than the man, and 3% if both are the same height. The reason why this occurs is because of the height dispersion for both sexes. Males are generally taller than women so it makes sense that couples are the same way. Since this is the norm, much of our happiness derives from this fact.

My husband’s Mom often says “Love is blind, but not to the neighbors”. We always laughed at this but found a very serious truth there. Social norms tend to dictate direction yet there are some who go against convention and find love regardless of shape or size. Love comes in every size so who are we to judge someone if they found happiness in a different way. Looking down at your lover versus up is just a neck adjustment not a social catastrophe. For further insight regarding this topic, please read the following story.
 
Warm Regards,

Jenni


  nicole kidman

 

Why It’s So Rare for a Wife to Be Taller Than Her Husband

Written by Philip Cohen, TheAtlantic.com

Men are bigger and stronger than women. That generalization, although true, doesn’t adequately describe how sex affects our modern lives. In the first place, men’s and women’s size and strength are distributions. Strong women are stronger than weak men, so sex doesn’t tell you all you need to know. Otherwise, as retired colonel Martha McSally put it with regard to the ban on women in combat positions, “Pee Wee Herman is OK to be in combat but Serena and Venus Williams are not going to meet the standard.”

Second, how we handle that average difference is a matter of social construction: We can ignore it, minimize it, or exaggerate it. In the realm of love and marriage, we so far have chosen exaggeration.

Consider height. The height difference between men and women in the U.S. is about 6 inches on average. But Michael J. Fox, at five feet, five inches, is shorter than almost half of all U.S. women today. On the other hand, at five-foot-ten, Michelle Obama is taller than half of American men. So how do people match up romantically, and why does it matter?

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Because everyone knows men are taller on average, straight couples in which the man is shorter raise a problem of gender performance. That is, the man might not be seen as a real man, the woman as a real woman, if they don’t (together) display the normal pattern. To prevent this embarrassment, some couples in which the wife is taller might choose to be photographed with the man standing on a step behind the woman, or they might have their wedding celebrated with a commemorative stamp showing her practically on her knees—as the British royals did with Charles and Diana, who were both the same height: five foot ten.

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But the safer bet is just to match up according to the height norm. A new study from Britain—which I learned of from the blogger Neuroskeptic—measured the height of the parents of about 19,000 babies born in 2000. They found that the woman was taller in 4.1 percent of cases. Then they compared the couples in the data to the pattern found if you scrambled up those same men and women and matched them together at random. In that random set, the woman was taller in 6.5 percent of cases. That means couples are more often man-taller, woman-shorter than would be expected by chance. Is that a big difference? I can explain.

For illustration, and to compare the pattern with the U.S., I downloaded the 2009 Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a U.S. survey that includes height reported for 4,600 married couples. These are the height distributions for those spouses, showing a median difference of 6 inches.

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Clearly, if these people married (and didn’t divorce) at random we would expect the husband to be taller most of the time. And that is what we find. Here is the distribution of height differences from those same couples:

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The most common arrangement is the husband five to six inches taller, and a small minority of couples—3.8 percent—are on the left side of the red line, indicating a taller wife.

But does that mean people are seeking out taller-husband-shorter-wife pairings? To answer that, we compare the actual distribution with a randomized outcome. I made 10 copies of all the men and women in the data, scrambled them up, and paired them at random. This is the result:

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Most couples are still husband taller, but now 7.8 percent have a taller wife—more than twice as many.

Here are the two distributions superimposed, which allows us to see which arrangements are more or less common in the actual pairings than we would expect by chance:

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Now we can see that from same-height up to “man 7 to 8 inches taller”, there are more couples than we would expect by chance. And below same-height—where the wife is taller—we see fewer in the population than we would expect by chance. (There also are relatively few couples at the man-much-taller end of the spectrum—at 9 inches or greater—where the difference apparently becomes awkward, a pattern also seen in the British study.)

Humans could couple up differently, if they wanted to. If it were desirable to have a taller-woman-shorter-man relationship, it could be much more common. In these data, we could find shorter husbands for 28 percent of the wives. Instead, people exaggerate the difference by seeking out taller-man-shorter-woman pairings for marriage (or maybe the odd taller-woman couples are more likely to divorce, which would produce the same result).

What difference does it make? When people—and here I’m thinking especially of children—see men and women together, they form impressions about their relative sizes and abilities. Because people’s current matching process cuts in half the number of woman-taller pairings, our thinking is skewed that much more toward assuming men are bigger.

Photo Credit: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/159963/20110609/nicole-kidman

Link to original article: http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/01/why-its-so-rare-for-a-wife-to-be-taller-than-her-husband/272585/

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Hot Off The Press: Car Designers Thinking Big…and Tall

June 20th, 2013

big guy in small car

 

Stepping in and out of a car is a challenge for most tall people. Although many like to make fun of the idea of a tall guy cramped into a car, the reality is less humorous. Back pain, muscle cramping and blood clots are all physical ailments tall people contend with while driving in a car. However, a recent article promoted new concepts by a designer to reflect what we believe is a growing consensus within the car industry. People are getting bigger so cars need to accommodate larger size.

Through our research we have discovered that trucks, SUV’s and minivans are best suited for the Big and Tall. Sedans rarely have the leg or headroom to accommodate tall people, but some car designers are changing. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler and Cadillac (mainly American Car manufacturers) all have vehicles that have attributes to accommodate Big and Tall. So the next time you are looking to buy or rent a car, look for these brands as they should improve your ride.

 

Happy Driving,

Jenni

 


 

Interior 2014 Chevrolet Impala

 

2014 Chevrolet Impala Interior | One Size Fits All

Written by Jeff Voth, Toronto Sun

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala interior is designed to meet the needs of big and tall customers- think professional basketball players, as well as the average-sized buyer. Chevrolet employed the use of advanced technology, such as a spaciousness calculator, to maximize interior space. The results are impressive, with numerous changes made inside and out. “Using various advanced technologies, we were able to make dimensional and design modifications in a virtual environment before locking down on a final architecture,” said Crystal Windham, director, Chevrolet passenger car interior design. “These steps are necessary to develop a solid foundation to build on to achieve the best spaciousness, comfort and overall design that will impress our customers.”

As stated by the company, updates to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala include the following:

- Adding nearly 51 mm of driver legroom by increasing the range of fore/aft adjustment for the front seats;

- A telescoping steering wheel that allows drivers of varying sizes to reach it comfortably;

- Redesigning the center console with a low instrument panel to increase knee spread, which adds comfort on long drives and enhances the sense of roominess while keeping controls within easy reach;

- Expanding rear-seat legroom more than 51 mm, enabled by the 30 mm increased wheelbase and thinner profile front seats;

- Nearly 538 litres of trunk space – ample room for four golf bags and more space than many full-size sedans.

 “These new tools, the latest in automotive design, allowed us to make improvements more quickly and efficiently than on previous Impala models – improvements we’re sure Impala customers will appreciate,” said George Madjeric, General Motors engineering group manager for Vehicle Architecture.

Additional improvements include the fold-down rear headrests and a smaller rear center-mounted LED brake light. Chevrolet also states a rear backup camera is available. Styled for the 21st Century, one size should fit all in the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Source: http://torontosun.autonet.ca/auto-news/automotive-industry-news/2013/04/10/designed-right-one-size-fits-all/

Link to original article: http://www.newroads.ca/blog/2014-chevrolet-impala-interior-one-size-fits-all/

 

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Tallisms: Tall Dads Celebrate Father’s Day

June 14th, 2013

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Father’s day has special meaning for my husband as it is a great time to reflect on his triumphs and challenges as a father and son.  As a father of two small children that never stop moving, he is conscious of how he is as a father and supportive husband and if he is doing the most he can to be the best dad possible. One of his goals as a father is to give our children as much exposure to as many things as possible so they can leverage those experiences when they make decisions and hopefully make the right decision. That is something he learned from his dad who is an adventurer at his core, who always yearned to see and do more in order to grow and learn.

My husband’s dad towered over him as a kid and adult. He had an innate commanding presence which helped him in law stand eye to eye with the judge perched on his high bench. His energy was indomitable and he never stopped working. He would always tell Ed to “Do something, for God sakes, do something”.  One of the many lessons that Ed learned from his dad is that persistence pays. “Given enough time, you can do anything”.

One of Ed’s most memorable Father & son experiences, was when his dad took him on a canoeing trip which quickly turned into a fiasco. The canoe did not float, the tent leaked, we lacked food and water, we were wet and cold, and Ed did not have the prerequisite training to go down Class 3 rapids since he never canoed before. They somehow came out of it in one piece and Ed learned very quickly that preparation is everything and you cannot bull rush your way into everything. Training and preparation will make your experience an enjoyable and successful one and not a cautionary tale.

 

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I know my husband loves his dad and love being a dad, too. We asked a few of our tall friends, who are fathers themselves, if they would share in their father & son experiences. Here is what they said:

 

What is best Father’s Day gift you received?
 
Cuff Links for my daughters, each with a picture on one of them. -Craig H.

 I am still a relatively “new” Dad, but I look forward to the special days ahead with my growing family.

-Joe W. Tom H concurred.

 

What Lesson have you learned from your Dad?

Trying is the first step to failure. -Craig H.

Keep your word at all cost, your reputation is your most valuable asset. -Joe W.

Be Happy. -Tom H.

 

What are your Father’s Day Traditions?

Phone call, grunt something funny at each other. -Craig H.

My Dad has always been an automotive enthusiast and we usually try to incorporate a classic car show into the weekend.  We may have different taste in cars, but it is something I know he enjoys sharing with me when we can. -Joe W.

Call Dad and tell him I love him. -Tom H.

 

What is your favorite childhood memory with your Dad?

Skiing at Big White in Kelowna BC over Christmas holidays when I was a kid.

-Craig H.

I convinced my Dad to get a canoe so we could go fishing with my Uncle and cousin.  On its maiden voyage I tipped over the canoe, we lost all our fishing gear, and we haven’t used the canoe since.  We were cold and wet for hours, but we still laugh about that “bonding” moment. -Joe W.

Fishing with Dad. -Tom H.

 

What is the best advice from your Dad?

Slow down, use your side mirrors. -Craig H.

There is no such thing as luck … Luck is where opportunity meets preparation”  -Joe W.

Find your Happiness. -Tom H.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Jenni

 

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