The tall and short of pres­i­dents, rulers and build­ings

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Pres­i­dents of the rnited States come in all heights. The tallest was Abra­ham Lin­coln at 6 feet 4 inches fol­lowed by Lyn­don B. gohn­son who reached 6 feet 3 inches.

From up there it was all down­ward for the other pres­i­dents.

Wil­liam Clin­ton is 6 feet 2 1/2 inches. Thomas gef­fer­son was the same height as Clin­ton. The 6-foot2-inch pres­i­dents were Arthur, Washington, Franklin De­lano ooo­sevelt and Ge­orge Her­bert Walker Bush.

Our present pres­i­dent, Barack Obama is 6 feet 1 inch. oon­ald oea­gan was 6 foot as were seven other pres­i­dents.

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If we move be­yond the pres­i­dents, the av­er­age height for a male in the rnited States is 5 feet 9.2 LnFKHs, ZKLFK Ls DSSURxLPDWHOy 5-IRRW-10, DnG ZHLJKs 189.8 SRunGs, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cen­ter for Health Statis­tics of 2005. The av­er­age woman in the rnited States is 5 feet 3.8 inches, ZKLFK Ls DSSURxLPDWHOy 5-foot-4 and weighs 162.9 SRunGs.

Ac­cord­ing to th­ese women are over-eat­ing.


Be­yond our shores, peo­ple grow tall and short. ous­sia’s Demitry Medvedev at 5 feet 4 inches is short as is Ni­co­las Sarkozy of France at 5 feet 5 inches. Look­ing back, Napoleon was 5 feet 6 inches.

Peo­ple have to look up to Sul­tan Kosen, 28, of Turkey, the tallest per­son at 8 feet 3 inches.

When we switch our eyes to inan­i­mate things we be­come amazed at the height of build­ings around the world. For years, the Em­pire State Build­ing in Man­hat­tan was king of height. With its 6,500 win­dows it stood 1,248 feet high. It was the tallest EuLOGLnJ ZLWK Dn REsHUYDWLRn flRRU on the 86th at a height of 1,050 feet DnG Dn REsHUYDWRUy flRRU DW 1,224 IHHW uS Rn WKH 102nG flRRU DERYH the city of New York.

To­day, the tallest in the West­ern Hemi­sphere is the CN Tower in Toronto, On­tario, Canada. This struc­ture can be seen from nearly 40 miles away.

ZZZ)URP 1976 WR 2010 LW KHOG the world ti­tle of the tallest free stand­ing struc­ture in the world with an an­tenna reach­ing 1,815 feet above Toronto. Even to­day it has the world’s high­est restau­rant.

The high­est build­ing in the world sLnFH 2010 Ls BuUM .KDOLID RYHU Ln Dubai of the rnited Arab Emi­rates. It stands 2,722 feet high with its 160 flRRUs, DnG 57 HOHYDWRUs.

All th­ese mod­ern build­ings would tower over the Great Pyra­mid of Egypt built in 2560 B.C. reach­ing a height of 481 feet.

The world is reach­ing for the heavens with its con­struc­tion. Even the heights of men and women are do­ing the same. As we look to the clouds, one of the plans for the fuWuUH Ls D EuLOGLnJ Ln $zHUEDLMDn WKDW ZLOO KDYH 189 flRRUs DnG UHDFK D height of 3,445 feet.

If things con­tinue this way, we may soon walk to the moon or hike to Mars!

Health & Sci­ence Dr. Mil­ton Fried­man

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