Toward a Higher Standard (or, Why All Short Men are Losers)

By Jin-yeong Yi

Old news, but I couldn’t resist shooting a fish in a barrel.

A certain Korean lady apparently triggered an uproar by saying “Aren’t men below 180 cm all losers?”[1] on national television.

Depends on how you define “loser,” but I’m not sure why people were so upset. It’s her opinion, let her have it. Being well below 180 cm myself, I admittedly took some offense at it, but I also found it amusing and even a little interesting.

First we’re measuring human worth with IQ tests, and now this? It’s certainly a new one; I’ll give her that.

My answer?

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): 172.5 cm

Friedrich Nietzsche

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): 170 cm

Vincent van Gogh

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970): 155 cm

Yukio Mishima

Bruce Lee (1940-1973): 171 cm

Bruce Lee

Franco Columbu (1941-): 165 cm

Franco Columbu

Argument: refuted.




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