Welcome to part 3 of the Questions Tall People Get Asked series.
In this series I go over the most common questions tall people get asked, try to make sense of why these questions gets asked and offer some of my typical responses.
Without further ado, one of the most common questions tall people get asked is:
“how’s the weather up there?”
This is the third most common question I get asked when I meet someone new or when I bump into someone I haven’t seen in a while. The weather is a popular topic when trying to make conversation with a stranger but taking it a step further and linking it to my height is funny, at first, but after hearing it many times over and over it gets pretty annoying pretty fast. If the person asking me is much shorter than me I have on many occasions been tempted to do this:
According to science: under average conditions, the atmosphere does display certain weather characteristics with mounting altitude. You can learn all about it here.
For the purpose of this article it’s hilarious to think that the weather somehow is going to be that much different a foot or two higher. If I were a giraffe and had a very long neck that was in the clouds, then OK, maybe it would be a slightly different story but since we are all human it’s really not going to be any different!
Having been asked this question a lot has given me plenty of time to think of some witty comebacks and responses.
A hilarious response to this question which I heard recently is: “cloudy, with a chance of rain” *spit on the person*. I wouldn’t recommend doing this, although it sounds very tempting, doesn’t it?
Some of my other favourite responses are:
– “fantastic, there’s no short people up here polluting it” [negative response]
– “who said that? I can’t see you up here” [playful response]
– “want me to pick you up so you can see?” [playful or negative response]
– “brace yourself there is a big storm approaching” [playful response]
– “It’s clear up here. Are you getting snow or is that dandruff?” [playful response]
Alternatively, if you get tired of answering this question all the time you could just wear this t-shirt instead:
What are your thoughts about being asked this question and how do you typically respond? Please share in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you.
Stand tall, be proud of your height and strive for greatness.