As a tall person, I can assure you there are many downsides to being tall. It’s hard deal with legroom on planes, it’s difficult to find a car where one’s head (or at least hair) doesn’t come uncomfortably close to the roof, back and neck problems seem worse, we require more fuel to survive, and the visual of one’s private-parts to total body ratio can be unfavorably skewed. Oh, and you’re more likely to die sooner. Mara Altman in the NYT (Gift Article): There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be Short. “Short people don’t just save resources, but as resources become scarcer because of the earth’s growing population and global warming, they may also be best suited for long-term survival.”