“Great things come in small packages” National Short Person Day is on December 22. Whether you’re tall or have short people in your life, or you are short, it’s a time to celebrate. On this day, own your shortness and have fun with the short people in your life.
History of National Short Person Day
If you can’t point out the short friend in your group, chances are you are the short friend. Is that actually you, though? Well, is your view often blocked at concerts? Do you do a slight jog to keep up with your friend’s “slow pace?” Are you still carded at bars, even though you’re 30? Well, we have news for you, you’re the short friend.
Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte, known for being short, wasn’t that short? He was around 5 feet 7 inches tall for Frenchmen of his time. The myth of Napoleon being short arisen because the British liked to portray their French enemy as “little Boney.” Also, since soldiers usually surrounded Napoleon from his guard, who were even above average height than he was, he often appeared short in comparison. In his autopsy, he’s measured as 5 feet 2 inches, but that was in French inches, which were larger than British and American inches.
Short people have been around forever, but the classification of short differs depending on period and nationality. In America, the average height for a woman is 5 feet 5 inches, while the average height for men is 5 feet 10 inches. In comparison, the average female height in China is 5 feet 2 inches, and the average male height is 5 feet 6 inches. Therefore a man who might be considered short in America can be considered tall in China, meaning that tallness and shortness are all relative.
National Short Person Day Timeline
Heels that take you to new heights
Chopines were shoes that raised their wearers to 18 inches and protected clothes from mud and street dust.
High heels received the royal treatment
Queen Elizabeth I is painted wearing heels, making her the first person to be documented wearing them.
Napoleon Bonaparte, falsely considered a short man, became Emperor of the French.
An elevator shoe company opened
High-heeled Men Shoes — the leader in the elevator shoe (shoes that increase the height of their wearers) market— is founded in Southern California.
National Short Person Day Statistics
5% taller than our ancestors
Considering the average young adult is healthier than their ancestors 100 years ago, it makes sense that adults are about 5% taller today. However, there is significant variation worldwide, as some countries saw a different change for men and women. For example, in South Korea, the mean height for women increased by 14% versus 9% for men. And in the Philippines, male height increased by around 5% versus only 1% for women.
4 feet 11 inches – the average adult in Bolivia
Bolivia has the shortest people in stature in the world, as its population’s average height is around 4 feet, 11.5 inches tall when including both genders. The country is one of the poorest in South America, with one in three children under five affected with chronic malnutrition, often leading to below-average heights. Genetics and hormonal factors are also seen as culprits, with Bolivian girls being more affected than boys. Data also showed that 42% of babies had short heights at birth.
30% more susceptible to skin cancer
Because they’re so close to the sun! Really! Shortness carries a reduced risk of skin cancer, according to data gathered on 5.5 million people born between 1938 and 1991, with heights ranging from 3 feet 3 inches to 7 feet 6 inches. Swedish academics found that people of above-average height were up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer. So if you’re short, don’t be afraid of standing in the literal shadows of people taller than you. It’s good for your health!
National Short Person Day Faqs
What day is National Short Person Day?
National Short Person Day comes around every year on December 22 — this year, it lands on a Sunday.
Is it National Short Girl Day?
If today is December 21, then it’s National Short Girl Appreciation Day! Tell your short girlfriends how much you appreciate them. If you are the short girl in your friend group, sit back and wait for the praise!
National Short Person Day Activities
Point out the plus side of being short
Tall, average, short, doesn’t matter — on National Short Person Day, make it a priority to acknowledge the many positives of being short. For instance, point out to people in your life who are short — or remind yourself — that being short means you have more legroom on aeroplanes and in cars. Also, you can choose petite or normal clothing sections, and you don’t have to worry about blocking a person’s view at a concert or movie theatre.
Celebrate your friends
Make sure you let the short people in your life know how great they are. Make sure they feel loved and accepted, whether you send them a text telling them it’s National Short Person Day or call them up to let them know how great they are.
Wear flat shoes (if you’re tall)
Decide to stay away from any shoes that’ll add height and instead show your support by wearing the flattest shoes you own.
5 Short (and Vastly Successful) People
Dolly Parton (5 feet)
This iconic country singer has a powerful voice and a famous feisty demeanour; she even has her theme park: Dollywood.
Danny DeVito (4 feet 11 inches)
He’s a versatile actor, producer, and director with an impressive career in stage, television and film. DeVito recently said he has “no plans” to retire from acting.
Prince (5 feet 3 inches)
Hailing from Minneapolis, he’s the rare performer with a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense, and wide vocal range.
Ludwig Van Beethoven (5 feet 2 inches)
He’s the greatest classical composer of all time. Beethoven was nearly deaf during the final decade of his life.
Yuri Gagarin (5 feet 2 inches)
This Soviet pilot and cosmonaut became the first human to journey into outer space — completing one orbit of Earth in 1961.
Why We Love National Short Person Day
It promotes acceptance
Whether you’re a short person or have short people in your life, National Short Person Day serves as a reminder to accept people for who they are. Let’s certainly not judge anyone based on their height. And remember, it’s a time to point out that no matter what sets us apart, we must embrace the differences.
It highlights diversity
Different heights, sizes, and ethnicities — among other traits that set us apart — make the world special. Luckily, National Short Person Day serves as yet another way to celebrate diversity.
It can help boost confidence.
Fortunately, the positive vibes of National Short Person Day encourage short people to own their height. So stand tall? You know what we mean.