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What are some of the dumb quotes or things people have said to you about your height.

Heres my kicker from the last few weeks.

Standing at the elevator this professionally dressed 40ish looking woman does your typical look, look back, look, look back scenario, then finally hits me with the typical "Did you know you are tall?"

Of course this is an absurd statement to say in the first place, but I politely said, "Yup, a bit bigger than the average bear", or some other non-chalant quip I've developed over time.

Then she doubles back with "No. Really. Did you know that you are REALLY tall".

Umm. Yeah. 30 years of this, figured it out by now. Got you on that one Roger Dodger, I think in my head, politely nodding my head with a little "Yup."

Finally, I kid you not, she uttered this gem "Are you a mutant?"

I wanted to say so many different things like "Uh, yeah, you know Wolverine he is my brother" or "Yeah, I used to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle". Fortunately, I took the higher.. er taller road and went for the stairs.

What lines and/or stories have others had to deal with?

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Being 6'8" 300+ and living in the south where college football is a 2nd religion I get the "You must have played football." all the time. It only gets worse when I confirm it as the next response is usually "Why aren't you in the NFL?". My responses vary but are usually something about how I hate to make millions of dollars just for playing a game.

BTW- First post for me, this is a great site.

Really... I'm 6'9 and 400+ ... and live in Alabama! I get the "You must have played football" line all the time. I always reply "Actually I played the tuba!  Then I always get the "Oh, what a waste..." remark. People are such idiots. I really don't mind the attention until it gets personal or insulting... I know the tall ladies get the stupid remarks alot but people think if you are a big guy, you are open season and can't be offended... Dumb-asses! 

I usually try to keep it cordial but if they really cross the line I will say "where is your box?"  They get the "deer-in-the-headlights look" and they ALWAYS say "what box?" Then I smile and say "the box you have to stand on to kiss my ass!"  And you know... when you are 6'9 and 400+ you can say anything you want.

"the box you have to stand on to kiss my ass!"



Ralph; Love it! I have to remember that line. Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.

Very funny.  I am going to have to use that - although I am only 6'4" and 220...
I was a really tall kid who just grew consistently taller... reaching 6' at 12, and my final height at 16. Not only was I almost always the tallest kid in class, I was also one of the frame is unusually narrow and small. So, my weight fills me out better than most imagine, but I have always been admittedly scrawny.

Along with being so skinny... I was also TERRIBLY uncoordinated and sucked at most sports. Especially basketball. Yet, I always felt such pressure to play because, well, all tall people are expected to be excellent basketball players right? *eyes rolling*

Although I wasn't into basketball... I WAS in to music (in fact, I currently work as a composer in the film/tv music business). And when people would ask me, "Do you play basketball?" I would answer, "No, but I do play the piano." I thought it was a clever response... a friendly way of saying to folks, "Hey... tall people can do more than just play basketball!"

HOWEVER... one day when I was 16 (which for me was a rather awkward and insecure age)... I was in a grocery store and this older woman came up to me and asked, "Do you play basketball?" I gave my readied answer, and she just shook her head in scorn with a frown on her face and responded, "Oh, that is SUCH a shame. God made you tall for a reason, you know!"

I was dumb-founded and didn't even know what to say!
I was at a bar one night when a guy walked up to me and said, "Hey leafeater!" I didn't know what he meant, so I breezed by him. I walked past him again about 5 minutes later and he said it again. I was tipsy enough to just say, "what does that even MEAN?" He said, "Ya know, a dinasaur...cause you're so friggin tall!"

Wow. Luckily I have a tall blog that I also write so instead of getting angry (like I used to), I just said, "Straight to the Tall Blog!"
I have had that EXACT comment made to me. I was 14 years old and was in the gas station picking up a gallon of milk. An older woman walked up to me and said, "WOW Do you know you are REALLY tall?" (I was 6ft 2 at 14)
In a pet store in Yucca Valley, CA once a woman saw me from across an aisle and said to her partner, "WOW LOOK HOW HUGE SHE IS!! SHES LIKE AN AMAZON!!"
Yesterday at work, two ten year old boys chased me around the store yelling "HUGE LADY HUGE LADY HUGE LADY".......................
Huge Lady? Wow. I hope you started running around the store looking for the parents yelling "BAD MOTHER BAD FATHER"
Oh heck no!!!!
An older lady comes up behind me and says " You are really tall, well, as long as you are healthy". (???????)

My brother-in-laws cousin who is 5'4" wearing boots thought he would be funny and asks how tall I was. When I answered him he said "I didn't think they piled sh** that high". My reply to him was "I didn't think sh** piled so low was considered a pile". That shut him up lol.
I had teenage boys follow me around a mall, when I asked what they needed they said they always wanted to meet a drag queen. I said that I was 100% female and they replied with I didnt know they made girls that tall!
among my fellow asians (especially friends' mothers or similarly middle-aged women) they always ask me how i got so tall. if my dad happens to be within earshot he seems to feel the need to say that i grew tall because i drank gallons of milk when i was growing up. highly uncertain as to the truth of that statement, and i hope i haven't inadvertently forced a bunch of korean kids to drink milk.


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