Welcome to Part 2 of the “tall people humour” series showcasing the funny side behind the every day struggles of being tall. If you haven’t yet seen Part 1, you can check it out here.
This weeks humour is courtesy of The Simpsons, Episode 149, “22 Short Films About Springfield”.
In this clip we see both some advantages and disadvantages of being tall.
The clip starts off with a very tall man comically cramped into a car too small for himself (I know this feeling all too well) [disadvantage]. As he is driving, the people around him notice how funny he looks and one person (Nelson) goes as far as pointing at him and laughing [disadvantage]. Probably being the butt of jokes a lot of the time due to his small car, the tall man decides to stop the car and confront Nelson. Seeing how tall he actually is, Nelson is intimidated [advantage and disadvantage] and runs away. Nelson is no match for the tall mans long stride and long reach [advantage] where he eventually catches Nelson and pulls him out of the sewer quoting one of the most relevant lines:
“…everyone needs to drive a vehicle, even the very tall”
Whilst this is a funny clip made to purposefully joke about being very tall there is one quote the tall man says that I do not agree with. When he is holding Nelson by the head he asks:
“…would you like it if I laughed at your misfortune?”
This implies the tall mans misfortune is his height. I would’t say being very tall is a misfortune at all and by reading this website I hope you will come to realise this (if you don’t already).
Have you had any similar experiences with cars and your height in the past? Please share in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.
Stand tall and be proud.
PS. Some fun-facts related to this clip for any Simpsons nerds out there (myself included):
- The tall character is called: Ian, The Very Tall Man.
- Ian is 2.50m tall.
- Ian is a caricature Ian Maxtone-Graham (Simpsons episode writer) who stands 2.03m tall.
- Image credit for laughing giraffe (cover image): here