Friday, November 27, 2015

Shrink age

Left-hand foteau shows Michael van Gils at the right, being all tall n shit. Of course he is not the only tall Dutchperson. Perhaps they are breeding for height in the manner of Exultants.

It would be irresponsible not to speculate that Dutchpersons are dosing themselves with growth hormones in order to become height-advantaged and bring all of Europe under the aegis of their cruel regime of tulips and windmills and Gouda cheese.

By way of compensation, there is Arne Hendricks, espousing the idea that the human race should promote the sexiness of Short and reduce their environmental footprints by breeding themselves down to half-a-metre in height. Beginning with the Netherlands, for no-one can deny the cuteness of teacup Dutchmen.
Then our children will ride on ratback amidst wonder and glory through garbage dumps forever!
Assuming that the are cooperative.

The enticing possibility of human disembiggening has also been covered by documentaries from Colin Kapp and Brian Aldiss.

H/t Zapato


rhwombat said...

Hendricks' plot of height vs time seems to have had a very dodgy abscissa prior to 1940. May I propose an alternative rationale for dutch gigantism - ruthless selection against wandering abscissae?

Smut Clyde said...

I honestly have no idea what Hendricks is plotting in his Dutch Height diagram, but I will defend his right to plot it.

Smut Clyde said...

Also too let the record show that RHWombat is correct about "abscissae" (or abscissæ) being the correct plural form.

rhwombat said...

"A wandering abscess, I -
a thing of shreds and patches..."