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Welcome welcome welcome!!! It’s time for my last magical cool thing of the Top 5 Coolest Things I Learned from reading The Tall Book by Arianne Cohen. It’s been a long time coming and I’m sure that you’ve been waiting with baited breath for this last of the top five. If you missed the ongoing coverage, you can see any of the previous 4 coolest things by checking out these links to #2, #3, #4, #5. But for now, let’s move onto….

The Number 1, coolest thing I learned from reading The Tall Book is:

#1: Tall Clubs That Improve Tall Lives

I know that I have written before that there are tall clubs, which is pretty neat. There are conventions where tall people go to meet, exchange information and most importantly they do things to improve the lives of tall people. The big take away I got from it though was the fact that while tall people are more likely to make a lot of money and be in positions of power, it is still pretty hard to convince companies or the government to do anything special to accommodate us. Take, for instance, the California King Bed.

It took the first tall club ever, founded in Hollywood, using the logic of “It’s not just for talls, it’s for large families that only have one bed” as logic to convince manufacturers that such a large bed would be marketable. This was a long time ago, back in the 40’s or so, when it was much more common to see poor families sleeping in one family size bed for a variety of very non-incestuous reasons. But the most important thing to take away is the fact that in order to get change for us we have to market it as change for people of average height.

And that’s it for me this week! Orientation for the incoming class at B-school is next week. IS EVERYONE AS EXCITED AS I AM!!!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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