As we walked along a beautiful beach on the Pacific Ocean my taciturn acquaintance mentioned to me out of the blue that he loathed all people over 5 feet 5 inches tall*, adding that they should not exist. So as not to spook or provoke him I mildly commented, "I am over 5'5" tall, I am 5'6"" He muttered unpleasantly, "Yeah, I know." I looked over his slight 5'5" frame and I knew that I would never see him again. But I wondered why he felt that way, so before I left him I asked him to explain. He groused and made mean faces then he briefly stated that tall people use up too much of the world's resources, and there is no "need" for anyone to be taller than 5'5" tall. He said that he had researched the matter extensively, that there were quite a few people who felt this way, and that he had even posted his own findings and recommendations on the internet, "Would you like to see them?" "No." I whispered as I fled discretely.
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* 5'5" = 165.1 Centimeters
Fun Fact: "5'5 is taller than about 54.1% of women and 7.2% of men in the US."
Caption: There once was a man who loathed all persons over 5'5" tall.
by Annmarie Throckmorton 2019