Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The tallest nationality in the world.

Currently, the tallest nationality in the world are the Dutch. If I recall correctly, there were a few decades after WW II when the Americans held that distinction, but as with a lot of quality of life statistics, we used to be Number One, but now, not so much.

The Dutch, thoughtful socialists that they are, are running ads recommending careers that might be of interest to some of their tall young people. Here, a helpful young colossus has a job taking care of senior citizens.

She seems nice. Maybe I could ask her out for a cup of coffee after work. I'm not sure I could afford a cup of coffee her size, though.

I'll ask if we could go Dutch treat. Couldn't hurt.

Another career that might fit the lifestyle of some of the vertically blessed young Netherlanders would be working in traffic safety.

As long as she doesn't flick her finger and send that bicyclist on a one way trip to Belgium.

So why aren't Americans the tallest people in the world anymore?

It might be that some of our taller young people are engaged in hobbies that are hazardous to their health and the health of others.

Just sayin'.

First two pictures are actually from a Dutch career planning ad campaign. The third is from one of My People, a collage artist who goes by the initials JR.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

What an enlightened people the Dutch are. And how lovely their giant women are. Aaaaahhh, the Dutch.

dguzman said...

But those wooden shoes are killers.

Anonymous said...

a New Yorker article on the subject


Matty Boy said...

Dr. Monkey: Nice of you to show up for Giant Woman Day.

dguzman: If we are going to make stereotypical Dutch jokes, I suppose I could work on something based on The Giant Dutch Girl putting her finger in the dyke, but all the jokes I can come up with are not acceptable fare for a blog my mom will read.

(But having Giant Woman Day IS acceptable fare? Clearly, I have issues.)

Anonymous: Interesting article, thanks for the pointer.

Anonymous said...

Were your ears burning yesterday afternoon?

I was kissing MathMan as I stood on a curb, making me taller than him (we're both short, what can I say?). He said "hey, I kinda like you tall like that!" And I said "You're just like Matty Boy with his giantesses!"

Actually, I needed a much higher curb to even come close to giantess since I'm starting out with a height deficit.

Jess Wundrun said...

Dear matty, in case you have not heard, there is going to be an animated film released soon called Monsters v. Aliens. The heroine is a 50 foot woman and she will be voiced by Reese Witherspoon.

My kids and I were at a movie and when we saw the trailer I said "oh, mattyboy will LOVE this".

Links, my friend: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892782/

Matty Boy said...

Hi, Jess, thanks for the tip.

I got the heads up on this earlier this year from one of My People, and I put up a blog post based on this last March.


Undersquid said...

Those six New Yorker article pages just flew by. Very interesting. I've heard of and read about height related to nutrition before, especially as it pertains to people in Asia.

I live in an area of the US populated by short people. One of the things I look forward to when going to the local opera house is wading through a sea of heads shorter than mine during intermission. At my measly 5'6", that's one fabulous way to feel way taller.

Excellent ad campaign!