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  • I sometimes wonder about height differences between generations.

    My Grandpa was 160 cm (five foot three). I am 178 (five foot ten). My son Havu is still growing, he has already passed his predicted height and now it looks like he's going to end somewhere between 195-200 cm (six foot five - six foot seven). Or maybe he'll grow even taller.

    These jumps in heights are enormous and they seem to accelerate and become faster from generation to generation like the rhythm of modern life. From my Grandpa to me it took two generations to grow seven more inches. From me to Havu it has only taken one generation to grow up those same seven inches, or God only knows how many inches our difference in height will ultimately be.

    Hmm, just wondering about Havu's future son, or daughter. If the rhythm of growth accelerates like this he/she will grow 14 inches taller than Havu. How tall is that? About 230-235 cm (seven foot seven, or what). Holy cow.

    All right. First Havu needs apartment with extra room height. And what about cars? Only convertibles will be OK. Tough riding in these northern latitudes during winters but every generation has its own problems.

    And what about birds? Havu's children have to be careful not to stand in flight path of birds. Their heads will be up in the air like some radio towers. Some air raid precautions because of birds and bats are necessary. Maybe it's best that next generation uses helmets all the time when they go outside. Straw hats don't give enough protection.
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