Are tall people smarter than short people?

Mangesh Hattikudur

It's a sad fact that tall people make more money than their shorter colleagues. For men and women in the US and UK, for instance, Reuters reports that a "height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages." But two Princeton University researchers are taking that claim one step further: the pair has released a paper theorizing that the reason that tall people make more has nothing to do with image. Instead, they believe that tall people are simply smarter than their vertically-challenged peers. The paper attributes workplace success to proper nutrition given to kids in the first few years of their life, linking good nutrition to both future cognitive ability and height.

Speaking on behalf of short people everywhere, I would like to present a bit of historical evidence to cast some doubt on this theory:

  • Art Garfunkel is a lot taller than Paul Simon
  • George Washington was taller than Ben Franklin
  • Andre the Giant was taller than Richard Feynman, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking
  • Daniel-san was taller than Mr. Miyagi in all of the Karate Kid movies.
  • Also, I am at least one and a half inches taller than both of the Princeton researchers who wrote the study.

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