Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thirteen-year old girls storming the Bastille.

This blog functions as a place I can put links to items I barely have time to mention in lecture. Here is a great example, a fascinating article from the New Yorker on changes in human height, subtitled 'Why Europeans are getting taller and taller—and Americans aren’t.' There is some great writing here and some wonderful images which I confess I shamelessly stole for class.

"Charlemagne was well over six feet; the soldiers who stormed the Bastille a millennium later averaged five feet and weighed a hundred pounds. “They didn’t look like Errol Flynn and Alan Hale,” the economist Robert Fogel told me. “They looked like thirteen-year-old girls.”

You will be relieved to hear that news, just last week, suggests the Dutch have stopped growing.

1 comment:

IA said...

I clicked on the stop growing article and got an error message. Without reading it I wonder if they discriminate between ethnic Dutch and all the others imported lately.