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“Wow, you’re tall… Do you play basketball?”

Yes, I am tall.. – and yes; I actually DID play basketball when I was younger. ”Do you play basketball?” is a question that I have gotten a lot of times due to my height of 6′ 8″ or 204 cm. But I’m wondering what people actually mean or want, when they ask this question?

Could be some of the following suggestions



“You are extremely tall – just like some of the guys I’ve seen play basketball on TV!”


“I wanna try to talk to such a tall person, but what to talk about.. Basketball!”


“Shouldn’t you be somewhere else and try to make a carreer in basketball?!”


Some of us tall have maybe gotten these questions a little too often. At least here is one guy who has had more than enough of all the questions concerning his height:


Even though his questions are a little more offensive than the standard basketball-question we get, he is not competely off in the point he is trying to make. Why is it that because we are tall, it is completely acceptable to assume things about us and ask us all these questions merely on the basis of our physical proportions? Asking overweight people or very short people questions about their physique wouldn’t be acceptable at all.

If you have comments to add to this discussion, feel free to throw a comment in the section below or on Tallsome’s facebook page.

Thank you

18 Responses
  • Steen Hansen
    June 11, 2014

    Well I don’t hear the basketball question so often. One or two times in my life actually.

    What I DO experience a lot instead is something like this:

    People WHO tap my shoulder when I’m standing in a queue:

    Uh, Can I ask you a question? How tall are you?

    My answer depending on my mood goes from polite to really annoyed, but is usual:

    I’ts none of your business or what the fuck is that to you.

    Then their annoyed comment:

    Hey, there is no need to be sour!

    Lately I have begun to call everybody who pops this impudent question for MIDGETS regardless of their height.

    Once I did see someone who had printed he’s height at the back of his jacket –
    I rather make a T-shirt saying. NO, YOU CAN’T ASK ABOUT MY HEIGHT.

    Is it a coincidence that I only meet this kind of stupidity in Denmark?

    • Anders
      June 12, 2014

      I get the ‘how tall are you?’ on regular basis – my answer also depends on mood that particular day. I usually find my self replying something like:
      – “I honestly don’t know”
      – “ohhh I’d guess around 2 meters.. What do you think”
      – “I’m 199 cm tall – how much do you weigh?”
      To most of us tall people our height is very personal, but I honestly think that most people ask because they are impressed. Tallness is an asset and I guess that my Tshirt would have “2 meters and proud of it” printed on it.

      • Steen Hansen
        June 13, 2014

        I don’t think height is an asset. For me it has always been a curse.

        The only positive thing I can think of: It’s easy’er reaching thing’s on topshelf’s.

        And now all the bad Things:

        School was HELL. Absolutely no friends and constant teasing. It only stopped in high scool.
        No help from teachers or my parent’s.
        It took years to even trust people in anyway.

        Finding girlfriend’s was really difficult. I didn’t try sex until I was twenty.
        In my 48 year live I had fixed realationships for around 20 years and two one-night stands.
        These days I’m alone Again due to early retirement and the punishment it’s gives. I will Loose around 7000 DKK/month if I live together with someone.

        Clothing and shoes is more or less difficult to find and extremely overprized.

        Bigger risk of different diseases. My early retirement is due to four bloodclots.

        Few useable seat’s in coaches and airplanes. Trains wasn’t a problem for years until they started with airplane seating there too.

        The smallest car’s is impossible to drive for high persons.

        Stupid questions from time to time.
        People are asking because of lack of good education from their parent’s.
        In general is good behavior disappearing these day’s.

        All in all I DO believe society’s treatment of high person’s is somewhat near to racism!

        Have a nice day.

        • Rued
          June 13, 2014

          Hey Steen,

          I’m sorry to hear that you have had all these bad experiences and that it seemingly leads back to your height. That is one more good reason for fighting for ‘our rights’ and try to improve how tall people are able to live in our modern society.

          Our struggles are seldomly recognized as real and are rarely being taken seriously, but if we mobilize communities and speak up, then we might be able to make a change.

          I hope that brighter days are ahead,


  • D. B.
    June 17, 2014

    Good article. I get the basketball/volleyball and the how tall are you question often. Perhaps short gals are just jealous of my 6 foot self.

    I think the short men who ask are purely just making convo.

    Sure I was teased in school and such…but I absolutely love being tall.

    The only thing that I would change, is being able to find taller men to date. Any tall, 30s-something men out there? 😉

    • Rued
      June 17, 2014

      Hey D. B.

      I am very happy to hear that you see your height as a good thing – we do too! If you are looking for tall men, then maybe there is something to find within the different social clubs for tall people?

      Check it out if you want to:

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Nihad
    June 20, 2014

    I get these questions all the time, and at times I am annoyed by them, but it’s tolerable most of the time.
    I do not believe people ask out of spite or anything negative. It’s just curiosity I believe.

    In addition to already mentioned quotes, I’d add one more, “How’s the weather up there”…

    On questions about my height, I usually try to get creative with answers…

    How tall are you?
    – “one meter and 112 cm”…
    – or “almost 7 feet, but 2 cm short”

    How’s the weather up there?
    – “[insert your mood here]”

    • Steen Hansen
      July 8, 2014

      How´s the weather up there?

      I could lift you up and you can enjoy the view! Lol


  • Marie
    July 14, 2014

    I don’t mind the questions. People are curious. I get asked how tall I am fairly frequently. I occasionally get the basketball question.

    I actually had another fairly tall girl (but shorter than me… I’d guess she was about 5’9, maybe 5’10) ask me where I bought my pants, and was happy to refer her to the (lone) store I can shop at in my city that actually sells pants that fit me.

    What I find rude are the people who just stare. Doesn’t happen as much where I live because we’ve got people of all shapes and sizes (Canada can be pretty multicultural). But sometimes I will notice people staring intently at me… now that gets annoying after a while.

    When I travelled to Colombia a while back, practically EVERYONE there stared at me. It made me very uncomfortable when I was out eating at restaurants since I already don’t like having people stare at me while I’m eating. I distinctly remember being in one restaurant where the lineup to get in was very long, and our table was placed in such a way that I was facing the line, and practically everyone in that line was staring at me. Probably doesn’t help that I’m also a pale red-head. Still… that was one part of my trip I really didn’t enjoy.

    • Rued
      July 22, 2014

      Hey Marie,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these tall questions, we get from time to time. I myself travelled in Brazil for a month last year, and that was really stressful for the same reasons as you mention – people were clapping, whistling, pointing, laughing and starring at me. To begin with, I thought “so that’s what it’s like to be famous” 🙂 but after a while, it is too much, I agree.

  • Driaan
    October 20, 2016

    I get the basketball or the “are your parents giraffes” question all the time. I just ask them straight if they are a jockey. People just seem genuinely interested.
    I love being tall, I learnt early on to embrace it rather than let it annoy me.

    • Rued
      November 9, 2016

      As we should – it’s awesome to be tallsome and I enjoy it every day. Although we gotta tell our teens to embrace it – confidence is difficult in those years, especially if you are not like everyone else. Support tall teens! 🙂

  • Tom B.
    October 23, 2017

    “…basketball?” – “No I don’t play basketball, but I’m the guy installing the hoop…”
    often followed by raising my arms and showing how I would use a screwdriver to fix the hoop in midair.

    Everyone smiles and it is a good way to start a conversation with the person. If you ask people later, why they asked about basketball, most people tell you, that they simply used it as a conversation starter. So don’t be rude, make a joke out of it.

  • Alex Vasquez
    November 29, 2017

    I was on a date with a woman who was also tall when someone approached us and noted how tall we were and asked if we played b-ball or volleyball. I replied, “I’m a competitive gymnast and my friend here is a retired racehorse jockey.”

  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2019

    Just wondering all you tall (straight) guys. How tall are your girlfriends/wives/significant other?

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