Do You Make Less Money Than Your Taller Peers?

Written by C.S. Deam

A recent study atrepparttar University of Florida found that overrepparttar 132470 span of their careers short people earn less money than their taller counterparts. In terms of cold hard cash, each extra inch in height equals roughly $800 difference in annual pay. So, essentially a person standing at 5 ft 8 inches tall will make about $9600 less annually than someone standing at 6 ft 8 inches tall.

It's surprise that in this post-modern era our incomes are influenced so strongly by our physical statures. The figure of $9600 per year, inrepparttar 132471 example above, should be a stark enough example of this - butrepparttar 132472 practice seems even more unsettling when multiplied over a career spanning 30 years. Just by being a foot shorter than your peers, you are likely to earn $288,000 less over 30 years than they do.

You would think that in an 'enlightened era,' such asrepparttar 132473 one in which we live, that payscale would be based on individual and team results rather than physical height characteristics. Unfortunatelyrepparttar 132474 study shows otherwise.

So, what are we to do?

Should we form an affirmative action group to pursuerepparttar 132475 correction of these practices?

It’s too tough to legislate changes into people minds. Plus, there’s a ton of other baggage that goes along with it. You’d have to define what ‘short’ is. You’d have to create a government entity to monitor and enforce penalties against discriminators. Too expensive. Too negative. Too divisive.

My solution focuses on blatantly impressing upon people that shorter people are worth paying more.

Let me illustrate with an example out ofrepparttar 132476 world of real estate.

A nice house sat vacant for many months with no potential buyers showing interest. The homeowner kept droppingrepparttar 132477 price from time to time overrepparttar 132478 course ofrepparttar 132479 year and still no potential buyers showed interest. Eventually,repparttar 132480 seller took a shockingly different approach and RAISEDrepparttar 132481 asking price several thousand dollars above whatrepparttar 132482 original asking price had been.

Flights Of Fancy

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

Feeling cranky about air travel? Get a grip.

Not onrepparttar arm of your passenger seat--on reality, history, andrepparttar 132468 incredible accomplishment of human flight.

We've just celebratedrepparttar 132469 100th anniversary ofrepparttar 132470 Wright brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although there werecertainly others who were experimenting with flying machines--most notably, Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian who is widely celebrated in his native country as beingrepparttar 132471 father of aviation--the Wright Brothers are generally regarded asrepparttar 132472 first to get humans offrepparttar 132473 ground.

The fascinating thing aboutrepparttar 132474 Wright brothers is that they were notrepparttar 132475 idealistic dreamers you might expect them to be. They were serious, studious, and determined to figure things out. It wasn't that they were obsessed withrepparttar 132476 dream of soaring high aboverepparttar 132477 ground. They were mechanically-inclined brothers who owned a bicycle shop, and they couldn't forgetrepparttar 132478 brief but exciting flight of a cheap toy airplane they'd received as children. They were intrigued byrepparttar 132479 engineering challenge.

Let's just say it--they were geeks. Good thing. Like geeks everywhere, they dug in, immersing themselves in their research. By following their hunch and testingrepparttar 132480 heck out of it, they foundrepparttar 132481 key component that enabled them to create that first flying hunk of wood, fabric and wire capable of carrying a man and--key point here--landing without crashing.

The Wright brothers hadrepparttar 132482 same access to records of tried and failed attempts at flight as all other would-be aviators ofrepparttar 132483 time. They studied birds, they analyzed physics properties, and they built wind tunnels--just like everyone else. Sure, it was their dogged persistence that led them to success, but there was something else that really helped them nail it. They took one piece ofrepparttar 132484 puzzle and worked relentlessly to decipher it.

Instead of focusing onrepparttar 132485 force needed to liftrepparttar 132486 contraption, orrepparttar 132487 engine required to power it, they zeroed in onrepparttar 132488 concept of control. No sense having a great flight only to crash intorepparttar 132489 trees after a few moments of jubilation. It wasrepparttar 132490 issue of control that captured their imagination and led to a design featuring both maneuverability and safety.

But as focused as they were on directingrepparttar 132491 movement ofrepparttar 132492 flying machines, they failed to pay attention torepparttar 132493 continued testing and refinement of their ideas. They got distracted by their efforts to control sales, andrepparttar 132494 research and development division was left flapping inrepparttar 132495 breeze. Whilerepparttar 132496 Wrights got caught up in patent struggles and contracts, adventurers aroundrepparttar 132497 world were improving on their original design and savvy businessmen were building airplanes, airports and flight schools. By 1912, Wilbur had died and Orville was losing interest in flying.

Meanwhile, Santos-Dumont continued his passion for being airborne. He is credited with launchingrepparttar 132498 first public flight as well as designingrepparttar 132499 first hydroplane. He zipped around Europe, flying to fashionable restaurants and parking his plane out front, right next torepparttar 132500 tethered horses. Whererepparttar 132501 Wrights were methodical and diligent, Santos-Dumont was a flashy man about town known for his daring and his sense of style. He cut a dashing figure and inspired everyone from fashion designers to engineers. His friend, Louis Cartier, createdrepparttar 132502 first wristwatch for him after Santos-Dumont expressed a need to keep track of time while busily flying his plane.

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