People come in all shapes, sizes, and heights. In proof, the tallest man in the world measures over 8 feet tall, while the world’s shortest man is 1 foot 7 inches tall.
There are some definite benefits to being taller than the average person – for one, tall people tend to be better at sports. They can reach things on the highest shelf in a store without asking for help, and they have no problem seeing over other people at a concert.
Yet, sometimes, when photographed alongside short people, the world’s tallest individuals can start to look giants from fairytales – making for some rather comical photos.
1. This Guy Stepped Up To Get Married
Anyone ever seen My Giant Life on TLC? The show, which premiered in 2015, followed around four women who were taller than 6 ft 6 in.
The show proved that the world is not made for tall people but there are definite advantages to towering over everyone.
2. The Dutch Giant Visiting a McDonalds in the Philippines
A few years back, the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, and the world’s shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, met for the first time at the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day.
“To be able to finally meet Chandra after all this time is amazing,” Kosen said at the event. “Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives, and when I look into Chandra’s eyes, I can see he’s a good man.”
3. When You’re Way Taller Than Your Doc
Over the years, people have gotten taller. The average young adult today is about five percent taller than their ancestors were 100 years ago.
4. Protection Comes in all Shapes & Sizes
Interestingly, there are dramatic differences in height based on where someone lives around the world.
5. Can You Tell Who’s Related?
Recent breakthroughs in sequencing the human genome have allowed researchers to pinpoint 697 genetic variants within a population that influence an individual’s height.
6. “Vern Troyer, the guy whi plays Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies wanted a photo with me. I’m 6 ft 10.”
While genetics plays a clear role in how tall someone will be, other factors are at play too. These factors include childhood nutrition and illness. This is why living standards play a large role in height, nearly as much as genetics.
7. GOT’s Gregor Clegane with his Wife
As economic development unfolds in a country, you see an increase in average heights.
8. Anyone else do this to fit their entire body in a shot?
Height is not a factor that can be used to determine an individual’s well-being. There are no correlations between height and happiness.
9. When Your Daughter’s Prom Date Towers Over You
The global mean height for men born in 1996 is 5 foot 7.5 inches tall. The shortest men tend to be from South Asia, while the tallest men are from Europe and Central Asia.
Just like the men, the tallest women are from Europe and Central Asia, while the shortest women tend to be from South Asia.
10. “My 6’0 Girlfriend And Her Minions”
The global average height of adult women born in 1996 is 5 foot 3 inches.
11. One Size Does Not Fit All
“My wife is 5.1 and I am 6.7, when it comes to hotel robes, one size does not fit all”
The shortest women is from Guatemala, where the average height is 4 ft 8 in.
12. “This Is How My Mum And I Hug Now”
On average, women are around 12 centimeters shorter than men. While average heights vary all around the world, the difference in height between men and women tends to be persistent globally.
13. “Gave my friend my pants to use as a blanket during our sleepover. 6’5 and 40″ inseam”
Men are taller than women in every country around the world. That doesn’t mean that every man is taller than every woman. As you can see looking at these photos, many women are much taller than their male counterparts.
14. Basketball Players vs. Cheerleaders
In South Korea, women have seen larger absolute gains in height than South Korean men.
In the Philippines, the reverse is true, with the average height of Filipino men increasing faster than the average height of Filipino women.
15. A Dutch Employee Getting Interviewed By Chinese Media
There are many benefits of being tall, for one you can eat a lot more – in fact, you NEED to eat more to sustain your body energy.
16. “At 6’5″, NS Premier Stephen McNeil Looked Pretty Tall On Election Night. At 6’9″, I May Have Shattered That Illusion Today”
In addition, taller people tend to make more money – which has coined the phrase “height advantage.” Live Science reported that tall people make around $789 more per inch every year – and that adds up!
17. Take That First Place
Tall people tend to get chosen first when it comes to picking teams for sports. After all, being taller can make you faster, stronger, and more easily able to reach the net.
18. “Yao Ming Visited My Girlfriend’s Restaurant, She’s 4’11”
Don’t sweat it if you don’t tower over 6-foot tall. A recent study conducted by the dating app Badoo found that the ideal height for a man is 5-foot 8 inches.
As for women, the most right-swiped height was 5ft 5 in.
20. Love Knows No Height
“Spotted this at a bar last night, tall girl problems”