Yesterday I explained how tall people were seen as freaks before basketball was popular. Today I found this hilarious video explaining how Naismith invented basketball to give giants something to do.
Parents and doctors saw extreme height as a curse, not a blessing. They even gave children (especially girls) medication to stunt their growth.
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August 05, 2011 at 10:06 PM
all of that changed with the growth of basketball. Outrageously tall men and women are now valued much more than they were before. Their characteristic didn't change; the situation did.
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August 05, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Being extraordinarily tall was perceived as a weakness, instead of a strength because there was no place for the person to use that height. It didn't give them an advantage; it was a disadvantage.
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August 05, 2011 at 10:04 PM
I wonder what other "disorders" will be seen in a new light as time moves on.
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