I spent a few days in Champaign, IL with my wife at her dad's house. It was decent time, but my observation about the natives there has been confirmed: Tall women live in Champaign-Urbana.
I notice this because I am not a tall person. As a matter of fact, my Champaign-born wife is taller than me. Think Billy Joel - Christy Brinkley. Well, that's how I like to think of it, anyway. Hopefully it will be a happier story than that one, though, but I digress.
Anyway, everywhere we went, women were at least 5'8 and more closely to 6'0. It got to the point where I saw a woman in Walmart that was about 5'5 and told my wife, "Look at that freak!"
So I took my wife, the Amazon, out of Amazon land - while she still had both breasts intact, btw.* She never has thanked me for that.
On another note, I found a good supply of Diet Coke with Lime there in Champaign. For those who have read my blog for a while, you remember when I whined about not being able to get it here anymore. I can only assume that this Diet Coke w/lime inspires growth in stature. Too bad I didn't have it earlier in life.
*The Amazons of Greek myth not only participated in fighting and controlled politics, but exclusively made up both the population and the fighting force. They supposedly lived in the area north of the Black Sea about 700 years before the fifth century BC when the historian Herodotus reports hearing stories about them. According to myth, the Amazons were an all–female society of fierce warriors who got pregnant by neighbor–ing societies’ men and then practiced male infanticide (or sent male babies away). Supposedly they cut off one breast to make shooting a bow and arrow easier. (http://www.warandgender.com/wgamazon.htm)