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The Gulf Betwixt the Sexes August 15, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

Sometimes Megan McArdle makes no sense at all:

“World’s tallest building” is a stupid contest, the architectural equivalent of seeing how many hot dogs you can cram into your gullet before your stomach bursts. Even if you win, it’s your loss.

Yeah, but you won. Duh. Plus, hot dogs.

Men are from Mars, eatin’ hot dogs in our skyscrapers, and women are from Venus, admiring each others’ intact bellies.


1. thirdnews - August 15, 2013

Never understood the discrepancy between men jerk-cicrling around images of fake boobs, and the fact that most, privately admit, they are gross.

2. geoff - August 15, 2013

We’re just reading the articles.

thirdnews - August 15, 2013

And people think it is impossible to have a conspiracy that involves millions to keep it 😉

3. Jimbro - August 15, 2013

They’re doing amazing things with fake boob technology nowadays. Do a search for gummy bear implants if you need verification.

4. Pupster - August 16, 2013

and the fact that most, privately admit, they are gross.

Uh huh.

Eww. Get those gross things out of here. Yuck.

thirdnews - August 16, 2013

Pupster likes tupperware titties!

5. Pupster - August 16, 2013
thirdnews - August 16, 2013


6. Retired Geezer - August 16, 2013

^ *Pupster and thirdnews inadvertently reveal their desktop wallpaper*

7. Pupster - August 16, 2013



OK, that was pretty good.

thirdnews - August 16, 2013

I love a man who appreciates an internet beating 😉

8. Pupster - August 16, 2013

I’m your dog then, man.

thirdnews - August 16, 2013

“I’m your dog then, man.”

Ohhhhhh, sorry, I’m a woman but I’m sure you will find a stud 🙂

9. Retired Geezer - August 16, 2013

I’m a woman but I’m sure you will find a stud

Speaking of Studs:


(Return of Pony)

10. skinbad - August 16, 2013

We had a kid on campus a few years ago who wore some sort of horse tail every day. He dressed normally otherwise. Maybe he was brony-light.

11. Lance McCormick - August 16, 2013

At the risk of swerving dangerously on-topic, my problem with the “tallest building” thing is that, like a lot of superlativiest things, it’s hard to quantify. Do you count to tallest occupied floor? How about antennas on the roof? How about spires?

Anyway, I could go on, but I’d just be cribbing from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallest_building .

There’s a larger point, though- how big does a building need to be? If it’s not gonna be fully occupied, then its construction was an inefficient use of resources. (Manpower, money, materials, arguments over whether it’s gonna be the biggest…) (Kind of a– well, I almost said “small-scale,” but– variation of China’s ghost cities. Great, you built this thing that won’t be used. Good work.)

It also amuses me that the modern problem with tall buildings is the ratio of elevator volume to otherwise usable space. Until practical elevators came around, the limit was (or so I’ve read) how many stairs one could reasonably climb.

But. This all misses the Big Picture, which what the replacement for the Twin Towers should’ve been:


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