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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 3, 2006 / 11 Tishrei, 5767

One short stack of smarts, please

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Despite my best efforts to hide the newspaper in the dishwasher where, trust me, my husband would never find it, someone must have told him about the article that reported that tall people are smarter.


Way smarter, it turns out.


"It says here that Princeton researchers have discovered that tall people have advanced verbal and numerical skills," he crowed, while lowering his 6-foot-4 self into a chair meant for a much dumber person and unfolding the curiously soggy newspaper.


"That's ridiculous," I said. "What about Yoda? He's really wise."


"He's a movie character," hubby said with obvious, high I.Q.'d impatience.


"I'm talking about real people. Like me!"


"Oh, great," I pouted. "I knew you were going to get a lot of acreage out of this just because I'm 5-foot 3."


"You mean mileage, not acreage," he corrected. "I know that expression because I'm tall."


Oh, curse this report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (motto: "Tall but Unlaid.")


"It says that taller children as young as age 3 perform significantly better on cognitive tests," said hubby. "You do know what I mean when I say `cognitive' don't you?"


"Don't make me hurt you."


"It's the process of using knowledge in the broadest sense," he said, "including perception, memory, judgment, the whole, if you will, enchilada."


"I'm sorry, I'm too short to understand all but the enchilada part of what you just said," I said, sarcasm dripping from my words like, well, something that drips a lot.


For some reason, ever since hubby had discovered the smart-tall connection, I was feeling shorter and dumber by the second.


"There are plenty of people who are tall but not smart," I said, while trying fervently to find my mouth with a forkful of peas.


"Nah," hubby said. "Think about it. We've got Abraham Lincoln; you've got Tom Cruise."


OK, that hurt.


This must be how Pluto felt. You go through your whole life feeling like a pretty good planet, worthy of textbook illustrations and pop quizzes and cute little planet jingles to help everyone remember the order — My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas — and then you realize you'll never be pizza again. Or much of anything except an oversized gas bag.


Speaking of which, there was hubby again, still crowing about his height advantage.


He's convinced that he's smarter ever since we had a huge fight on movie night because he wanted to see "An Inconvenient Truth" and I wanted to see "Talladega Nights."


Hmmm. Two hours of Al Gore earnestly yammering about the dying planet versus Will Ferrell putting nachos up his nose. Talk about a no-brainer.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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