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Shorter people more likely to be criminals?

#1  Postby GT2211 » May 13, 2010 2:46 am

More Bad News for the Height-Challenged

They’re more likely to be criminals! Or at least they were in 19th-century Pennsylvania, according to a new working paper by Howard Bodenhorn, Carolyn Moehling, and Gregory N. Price. The authors don’t identify a reason for the height differential, but do point out that “[i]f in early America, short individuals faced labor market disadvantage because of either lower productivity due to lesser physical capacity for heavy work, lesser productivity due to lower cognitive ability, or because they faced discrimination, the relative opportunity costs of crime would be lower which would increase the likelihood of transitioning into criminal activity.”

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/more-bad-news-for-the-height-challenged/
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#2  Postby dirtnapper » May 13, 2010 3:27 am

Man I hate articles that are incomplete. It is short people with big feet and small hands, but only if they are dark haired. If they are fair haired and have small feet, then it applies as well.

Why the hell did you even bother with this? LOL
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#3  Postby Ickypedia » Jul 06, 2010 6:33 pm

According to John Cleese not a single soul above six feet has caused much trouble... the short ones, on the other hand... Napoleon, Hitler, Alexander the Great... Joe Pesci in any movie he's starred in.
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#4  Postby Tyrannical » Jul 07, 2010 2:32 am

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#5  Postby mmmcheezy » Jul 07, 2010 2:36 am

It's true.


BTW, I'm just a hair over 5 feet...
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#6  Postby james1v » Jul 07, 2010 2:38 am

The missus is shorter than me...Must keep an eye on her! :shock:
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#7  Postby natselrox » Jul 07, 2010 2:45 am

This is scientific. The closer your balls are to the ground, the greater is the gravitational pull on your seminal vesicles therby leading to activation of the pressure receptors which in turn cause the release of extra 5-alpha reductase enzyme thereby converting Testosterone to 5-DHT. And it has been well documented that higher levels of T/DHT are associated with criminal behaviours.[1]

[1]: Justin Bieber et al; 188; 12-2009 Journal of Bovine Excrement

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#8  Postby Ickypedia » Jul 07, 2010 8:18 am

natselrox wrote:This is scientific. The closer your balls are to the ground, the greater is the gravitational pull on your seminal vesicles therby leading to activation of the pressure receptors which in turn cause the release of extra 5-alpha reductase enzyme thereby converting Testosterone to 5-DHT. And it has been well documented that higher levels of T/DHT are associated with criminal behaviours.[1]

[1]: Justin Bieber et al; 188; 12-2009 Journal of Bovine Excrement

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You had me up until you quoted Bieber :lol:
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#9  Postby babel » Jul 07, 2010 8:36 am

Must keep my eye on my gf. Those fivefooters can't be trusted apparently.
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#10  Postby Ickypedia » Jul 07, 2010 8:41 am

gfs people in general can't be trusted, going by my experiences. ;P
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#11  Postby Comte de St.-Germain » Jul 11, 2010 3:45 pm

I'm five feet something..
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#12  Postby Mazille » Jul 11, 2010 4:07 pm

Comte de St.-Germain wrote:I'm five feet something..

There you go. Hypothesis confirmed. :coffee:

Also, I'm 6'4" and so far my criminal record is clean. :ask:
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#13  Postby Animavore » Jul 11, 2010 4:18 pm

All of my friends who've been in prison, except one, are shorter than me.

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#14  Postby alienpresence » Jul 22, 2010 3:46 pm

Cat flaps. :thumbup:
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#15  Postby GreyICE » Oct 26, 2010 7:09 pm

Seems like a perfectly reasonably thing, especially for pre-nutritional education.

Proper nutrition aids growth, improper nutrition stunts growth. The link between poverty and crime is well established. 1+1 =...

Show me they adjusted for median income and household income and I'll be impressed.
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#16  Postby Mazille » Oct 26, 2010 7:12 pm

alienpresence wrote:Cat flaps. :thumbup:

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#17  Postby Hugin » Oct 26, 2010 7:20 pm

I've read that tall and beautiful people tend to earn more that short and ugly people, respectively. But I don't think a beauty tax would be a good idea. :crazy:
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#18  Postby gleniedee » Nov 13, 2010 11:14 pm

Admiral Lord Nelson was about 5 feet 6 inches tall,average height at that time.

According to British Naval records,Captain James Cook was 5 feet 3 inches tall.

President James Madison was 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Mohandas ( Mahatma) Gandhi was 5 feet 3 inches tall

However,my evil ex- wife is five feet and half and inches short. :coffee: .
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#19  Postby Delvo » Nov 14, 2010 1:28 am

...all of which leads to the question of just whose foot the "standard foot" was based on...
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#20  Postby james1v » Nov 14, 2010 8:28 pm

Its not a problem, supermarkets and shops just have to put higher value items on the upper shelves. Problem solved! :think:
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