Funny pictures show the everyday struggle of being a tall person

Being tall is generally speaking a good thing. You have an advantage in most sports, can probably run faster to catch the bus and can easily reach the top shelf in the kitchen cupboard. But not everything is better and easier when you are tall. Being above average height can bring with it some unexpected, and sometimes pretty amusing problems.

Up and at ’em

What’s a tall girl to do? Girls (and guys, of course) try to make the most out of the college experience. While that means soaking up knowledge, it also means soaking up adult beverages at parties. For tall girls, though, that’s a tall order.

Part of the fun of the thing is snapping tons of photos with your girlfriends, but when you’re about a head and a half taller than them, that creates challenges. This photo was probably snapped from a block away so they’d both fit.

Hooked on you

What happened in this photo would be physically impossible for most people… but the tall people reading this just cringed in sympathy. This giant happened to pass by a door, and one of the loops on his jeans happened to get caught on the door handle.

And they can hardly blame the door or whoever made it, because the philosophy behind it was that the people who use it aren’t going to be waist-high to the handle. Now imagine that happening when you’re running by… Now even we cringed.

Doubling up

One of the many issues for tall people is finding clothes that fit. For some reason, many retail stores don’t seem to stock more than the average height for women’s jeans, so shorter women can struggle, too.

Here’s a good perspective of how it looks when you do finally have jeans that fit; they can double up a cozy blanket for your considerable shorter friend. Ah, genetics sure are great; filling the world with so much variation our jeans can’t keep up.

Bathroom break – literally

If there’s one place we don’t want to touch anything, it’s a public bathroom. Seriously, we’d go in there completely covered in saran wrap if we could. Next time you’re in a cramped bathroom, spare a thought for the tall people of the world.

People like this girl, who don’t have a choice in touching things because they’re so big their head reaches the ceiling! When banging your head on the ceiling lamp is a very real possibility, you tend to think twice about bathroom breaks.

Working it out

One of the questions these two wanted to answer is: if you’re tall, how should you hug someone considerably shorter than you? Should you attempt to go shoulder to shoulder, or just go in for the cheek to… Chest?

Either way, these two seem to be enjoying their experiment. Sadly, there might not be a right answer to the issue. The shoulder to shoulder looks super uncomfortable, while the cheek to chest approach could be a little uncomfortable. We’re not sure where we stand on the matter.

The doorway dilemma

They say that a man’s home is his castle, and speaking broadly, it means that home is where we feel safe and secure. No one can touch us at home, right? Well, try asking tall people how they feel about their houses.

Chances are they’ll either love them – because things like doorways leave enough clearance for them to pass – or they’ll be a little more ambivalent. We mean, can you blame them? Look at that young woman – she’s taller than the doorway! It’s all fun and games until you develop a permanent crick in your neck.

Airplane struggles

Almost everyone knows how tiny and constrictive airplane seats feel, if not right away then for sure after a few hours in the air. Well, for tall people it is even worse. This guy needs to request this specific seat if he’s gonna stand any chance of fitting in the airplane at all.

To be honest, he doesn’t look even close to comfortable despite the extra leg room. Which is probably nothing compared to what the person sitting next to him will look like once they see who their neighbor is.

A two-person job

This girl seems to be a model, and it is true that models usually are taller than average. For the older crowd, Elle Macpherson was almost six feet tall. For the younger generation, Karlie Kloss is actually 6’2″! Luckily (for him), her husband Joshua is exactly the same height.

This particular girl pictured here is probably wishing the people getting her ready for her photoshoot were closer to her height too. Just think how much longer it takes to get her dolled up when people have to stand on their tippy toes…

ATM problems

How can you do anything but laugh when in this situation? This girl needed some cash, and unfortunately this ATM that looks like it was made for children was the only one around.

With no other choice she had to kneel in order to get her cash, and her friend made sure to capture the memorable moment. To be fair, even her not as tall friend waiting for his turn in the background will probably be forced to do a similar move.

A nice boat vacation

It would be a fun, relaxing boat vacation with the family they said. But unfortunately for this tall guy, no one mentioned the fact that boat showers are usually very, very tiny. And that for him, showering would not be the relaxing spa like experience you are looking for when on vacation.

Instead it would be the time of the day when the rest of the family laughed at him, and made sure to take pictures of his awkward struggles.

Never part of the group

The bond between girlfriends is one of the strongest you’ll ever find. Slumber parties, club nights, brunch dates, you name it – girls just want to have fun.

A big part of these moments is the act of taking photos – because if you don’t take a picture of it, did it actually happen? Unfortunately for the tall girl all the way on the right, she’s not able to enjoy the perks of this group photo – her head got cut out!

Shower head shenanigans

Look, it’s all fun and games until living a normal life becomes pretty much impossible. While we’re often taken aback by especially tall people, we often don’t realize the struggles they face living in a world that simply wasn’t made for them.

Take something as basic as personal hygiene. Just taking a shower becomes a chore when you’re literally taller than the shower head, as this guy is. We really hope his neck is used to being cranked, because he’s not going to be clean otherwise.

Love you, mom

Moms often feel like their children grow up way too fast. One day they are tiny babies who need them for every single thing, and the next they are suddenly independent adults who don’t need their mom to achieve what they want in life. But most people, no matter how old they get, will once in a while turn to mommy dearest when the going gets rough.

After all, nothing beats a mother’s wisdom, compassion and support. This adorable picture of a very tall young man getting a warm hug from his smaller mother is both adorable, and a great example of how even something as simple as hugging your mom takes a bit of planning when you are twice her size!

Ruining the perspective

Of course, we know we’re going to extremes with this one. However, there’s nothing like a particularly tall person to alter the interview. The small reporter on the left is making the interviewee look super tall, which isn’t such a bad thing on camera.

However, this super tall reporter on the right throws things out of perspective and makes the interviewee look of a more average height. Blink once, he’s tall, blink twice, and he’s short again. What’s going on here?

Being tall in China

Who doesn’t love traveling? Exploring new cultures and visiting ancient sites – what isn’t there to love? Well, this tall guy could argue most places in the world are not prepared for people of more than average height. Which can turn even the most fun trip to a massive obstacle course.

This trip to China was probably one big, great adventure but also sometimes filled with hilarious problems his average height friends didn’t even notice. Luckily however, they were around to take the pictures that prove how ridiculous traveling can be when you are very tall. Exploring foreign lands takes on a whole new meaning when you have to be careful  just walking down the stairs.

Best game ever

For a very tall person, the bleachers are usually the enemy of every football or basketball game. Being crammed together with a bunch of strangers in a public place, on seats clearly designed for a much shorter average height just isn’t very fun.

But this time around, this tall guy won the lottery. With no one sitting in front of him he could sit just as comfortably as anyone else, if not even more comfortably.

Lamp hat

Moving apartments is exciting, but sometimes a new apartment takes some getting used to. And sometimes, when you’re tall, you need to rearrange all kinds of things to not risk injuring yourself simply by walking around the house.

Unless this girl wants to wear this lamp as a hat as soon as she crosses her living room, she probably needs to get rid of it and possibly donate it to a friend who’s a little bit shorter.

Childhood memories

This might be the kind of picture that brings up some mixed feelings. Being different from all the other kids is the last thing you want growing up, but this girl didn’t really have a choice in the matter.

The photographer could maybe have paid a little more attention to ensure everyone’s head was actually in the picture. But hey, at least this girl has some creative friends who tried to fix the mistake with art.

New passport picture

Getting a new passport picture is a great way to ruin your confidence for the day. You can always rest assured that no matter how well you dress and brush you hair- you will end up looking like a complete weirdo in the picture. But that’s the least of your problems if you are tall.

Figuring out a way to fit in the frame in the first place i probably why this guy is looking more than a little awkward.


Taking care of your health should always be top priority, whether your are tall or not. But when you are extremely tall, you might end up giving the nurses and doctors a few extra challenges when caring for you. That’s exactly what happened to this young man.

The nurse had no choice but jump up on a table to check exactly how tall he really is. Judging by his resigned facial expression this is not the first time medical personal stands on tables next to him.

Wedding party

When first looking at this picture you might be led to believe this happy couple has a lot of unusually short friends. But nope, that is not the case.In fact, it’s the bride and groom who are both very, very tall.

Specifically 6’8″ for the groom and 6’4″ for the bride. Being this tall definitely gives them a lot in common, and it’s a good thing they will be able to face (and hopefully laugh at) life’s height related challenges by each others side.

Looking cool

This guy manages to look very smooth as he casually poses with the hole in the roof looking like some sort of unique fashion accessory rather than a broken ceiling.

Clearly this is the only spot in the room where he can stand comfortably upright, so it’s probably a good thing it’s there. As weird as this ceiling flaw is, we can’t help but be impressed by this tall guy’s ability to casually use it to his advantage.

Kitchen problems

Cooking is for some fun, and for others simply a necessary chore to get some food on the table. But most are not used to the struggles that may come with being a very tall dude in a very regular kitchen.

Standing on your knees to wash dishes after a meal seems like a pretty tedious and painful experience. Hopefully this guy is saving up to get a custom made kitchen in his next apartment.

Mirror mirror

Many people are used to not having a full body mirror in the bathroom. Seeing your face is kind of all that’s required to wash your face and brush your teeth in the morning. But when you’re really tall, a face mirror tends to become a very useless chest mirror.

So this guy decided to be a little creative and add a smaller mirror to the regular one. So now instead of seeing less than everyone else, he actually sees the most. Pretty clever.

Not allowed

Being tall comes with a price sometimes, as this list clearly proves, but usually you’re not explicitly forbidden from entering anywhere. It might just be a little harder for you than for others, but definitely doable.

But in this case- the clearance limit is clearly stated and this guy just isn’t allowed to pass and enter this specific garage. Clearly it’s just a joke, but makes for a pretty great picture and a clever way to laugh at how little people take tall people into consideration sometimes.

On the job

Nurses and doctors work hard to ensure we all stay healthy, so the least they deserve is good work environments. But when you’re tall, that too is never a guarantee as this picture clearly shows.

This poor staff member has found his own way to use this chair in a way that sort of looks comfortable, but probably isn’t the most ergonomically sensible way to sit in front of a computer.

Record arms

This guy learned something interesting this day at the zoo. Not only is he very tall, which he clearly already knew. It also turns out his arm width is actually the same as a gorilla.

He looks a little stunned by this realization, and was possibly forced by his amused friends to pose for the picture. But he should really be proud. What is cooler than being so tall you could arm wrestle a gorilla and possibly win?

Getting your workout in

Desperate times require desperate measures. If you’ve gone trough all the trouble of getting an elliptical to your house, you’re not gonna let a little height issue get in the way of your workout.

Considering how much these machines cost, cutting a little square out of your ceiling to be able to use it seems like a small additional price to pay. but let’s hope for his sake there are no rats crawling around up there.

They get on people’s nerves

When you’re a tall person, it’s not just your own problems you have to deal with – it’s the problems of others as well. Take this picture, for instance. A concert or sporting event seems to be in effect, and everyone’s enjoying it. Or at least, almost everyone.

This young woman is clearly upset at the very tall man in front of her, for she’s unable to see squat over his hulking body. In other words, tall people sometimes have to deal with the wrath of shorter people behind them.

Subway bump

The subway isn’t always packed. Sometimes it’s pretty empty, and in those scenarios even the tallest people can find a spot to sit and be comfortable.

However, in moments such as this, where this tall man is being forced to stand in a cramped space with countless others in the subway – he has no choice but to face the music head on (pun intended). Indeed, facing the music in this case means his head is hitting the ceiling.

Sea of umbrella tops

Rainy days are reflective on the countless umbrellas that flaunt the streets in their presence. It comes with the territory, and the effect can sometimes be quite soothing (depending on how crazy the rainfall is).

But when tall people experience rainy days, their perception of the mass sea of umbrellas is a bit different. As you can see in this picture, a man is gazing outward and all he can see are umbrellas tops. Where are all the faces?

A steady hand

There’s nothing like going on vacation only to discover that your villa is nowhere near big enough to fit you in. This guy here is demonstrating just a few struggles he’s going to have while he’s trying to kick back and relax.

It’s not just an issue that this guy has to bend his neck to fit in the room, but he’s also having to combat just how far down everything is. Hopefully, he has steady hands – or at least knows where the mop is kept!

Fountain of youth

Before we get into the obvious, let’s point out the fact that this water fountain is already pretty low on the wall. Even a person of average height would have to bend down substantially to taste the fresh water cascading out of the fountain.

However, this tall young man can’t simply bend down and take a sip – he had to go through a much more elaborate process. He was forced to get down on his knees for that tasty sip. It looks like it was worth it.

Just cruisin’… for a brusin’

Imagine owning a Lamborghini Aventador, one of the world’s greatest and most luxurious sports car. Just imagine cruising down the highway driving it, the wind in ruffling your hair, everyone in other lanes checking you out… and the windshield blocking your immediate line of sight.

That was the case for this tall person, who seems to be quite enjoying his time driving this beast. Of course, if a deer or something suddenly jumps into the road and he’s forced to brake, he’ll have one heck of a headache…

Flying the (un)friendly skies

There you are, settling in and preparing yourself for the flight that will take you to the vacation you so richly deserve. You have your favorite pair of headphones and your phone is fully charged and full of music to get you through it.

You even managed to score a window seat, so you could watch the beautiful scenery below as it passes you by. You turn your head… and see the wall of the cabin. Hey, where’d that window go? You look down, and realize you should’ve gone for the aisle seat.

Bathtub blues

After a long, difficult day, there’s nothing more relaxing than to pamper yourself by drawing a nice, warm bubble bath. Just lounge and soak up the hot water – it’s a dream. Or, well, if you’re a tall person it’s more like a nightmare.

By the expression on this dude’s face, he’s not enjoying the prospect of taking a hot bath too much. Why? Because only about three quarters of him can fit into the bath at any given time. You basically have to choose, but some part of your anatomy is staying dry.

When two become one

When you’re tall, and your tall buddy joins you to go traveling, something’s gotta give. Most people would probably just turn awkwardly away from each other, taking up more room, but these guys did something much better.

Becoming human Tetris pieces, these guys slotted their legs together to create the most efficient shape for them to travel. Sure, there might be a little leg touching, and hopefully, the train doesn’t stop suddenly, but it’s definitely one way to do it.

Getting a good look

This guy wasn’t going to miss out on the view simply because he’s tall. Instead of bending down and risking any kind of future back problems, he decided that essentially doing the splits was the best solution to the problem.

This guy looks like a pro, so we’re going to hazard a guess that he’s done this before. With these things, it always seems as if they’re the wrong size, no matter who you are. While some people have to tippy-toe, this guy splits things up.

Too many cooks

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if these guys will be doing much cooking comfortably since they’re way too tall for the kitchen. While they look wildly amused, their necks probably won’t be too pleased when they’re on their way home.

It’s the trouble with going places sometimes; the average height of one nation may not be the same as elsewhere. This makes it a little difficult for people who’re exceptionally tall. Should we start requesting room height estimations on Airbnb?

Nothing seems to fit

Sometimes, you just have to laugh – even when you’re smiling in the face of injury or illness. Of course, if he’s not in for anything particularly severe, then the hospital bed was probably an awkwardly funny surprise for him.

Many people like to stretch it out in bed and spread out; there’s no such joy for those of the tall stature, and not especially when there’s a great big footboard at the end of the bed. Hopefully, his toes didn’t get too cold, because the sheet doesn’t look much more help.

Pull-up the height

Some of us prefer the comfort of a home gym. We don’t have to pay hefty fees to a gym, it’s super convenient, and you aren’t surrounded by people. It’s a win-win situation. Sadly, some might have to consider the gym after all.

Not just because that is going to be one tough workout, but because he doesn’t look as though he’ll be doing many pull-ups at all. Maybe it might be best just to do 50 pushups instead and leave the pull-ups for another time.

The tall captain

This guy has said that he loves his job, but he can’t wait to be transferred to a larger aircraft. Honestly, we don’t blame him; he has to be on guard at all times. While no one likes to bump their head…

it appears to be a real everyday issue for this guy. Should we all just band together and decide to build everything, like, a foot higher so that no one has to worry? After all, we think we’d like the captain to be comfortable.

That full-body view

In fairness, mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes the term ‘full-body mirror’ isn’t always the case. Sure, it might fit in many people, but what if you’re super tall and want to see your entire outfit?

It seems as if tall people are doomed. Instead, they have to fork out more cash to get an appropriate mirror. This guy is just going to have to do the tilting trick and accept that he’s never going to see himself all at once for now.

A quick drink

We’re going to hazard a guess that this guy is probably getting a drink of water after playing a sport. That’s perfectly acceptable, right? Well, it might be for most people. It doesn’t matter where we are, these things always appear to be way too short.

Sadly, if you’re super tall, then you have a much further way to go and bend down. We just hope that whatever this person lacks in appropriately placed water fountains they make up for in their sport.

Squished into place

Many of us sigh at how little legroom there can be on flights. So, what if you’re taller than the average person? Most people don’t have or want to spend the money on upgrading to first class, meaning they have to ride it out.

Thankfully, this guy revealed that he only had to sit like that for four hours, as he wasn’t going anywhere particularly far away. Either way, that’s a pretty uncomfortable journey. Could you imagine spending four hours crammed into a tiny space?

Using the space

Many hotels or homes have rather small or compact bathrooms. It’s just the way it all fits together, even if it’s not the ideal layout. It is usually the only way that hotels can make the most of their space and give us a functioning bathroom.

However, to have a comfortable experience using the toilet, this guy has to sit with his legs in the bathtub. Thankfully, it’s almost like having a foot spa while sat on the porcelain throne. Now that’s something they didn’t mention in the brochure.

When opposites attract

If you draw your eyes away from the public display, you might notice that sometimes being super tall means having to make concessions. For this guy, it’s basically being on his knees while trying to go in for a kiss.

Who can help it when the person they’re attracted to is so much taller or shorter than them? They do say “love is blind,” and these guys look like they have their eyes closed. We wonder how tall their hypothetical children might have been. Average height?

Cooking blind

What doesn’t seem like a design flaw to one person can be a real inconvenience to another. This extractor is probably never really thought about much when other people use it, but this guy is seriously struggling to see his food.

On the bright side, if he wanted to pull up a chair, he could cook sitting down. Sure, it might be awkward and a bit dangerous… Okay, bad idea. On another note, it looks like he’s doing a pretty good job – even if he’s not looking at it.

Stealing the limelight

When you’re as tall as this guy, you can’t help but take the limelight. Despite being second place, and on a smaller pedestal, the guy on the far right looks as if he could be taking first place.

While 1st place doesn’t seem to mind, the guy in third looks a little more than displeased. Of course, when you’re tall, you can’t help but have a presence which makes people notice you. Even when you might rather they didn’t.

Awkward bathroom moments

There’s not a lot you can do if you’re tall. You may have no choice but to work your way through these awkward bathroom stall moments. However, something tells us that this guy isn’t worried at all.

In fact, he’s finding the whole thing quite hilarious! Sadly, we’re not sure that anyone in the stall next to him is going to feel particularly comfortable. He does have an almost bird’s eye view after all. Well, close enough. Eyes down, dude.

The selfie problem

Sometimes there is just nothing you can do without a pedestal. If you’re super tall and traveling with your shorter friend, how are you going to get a picture of both of you with the beautiful terrain too? The answer?

You only need eyes and a nose, and you’re all good – apparently. At any rate, this guy is looking pretty pleased with himself, even if his shorter friend won’t have quite the same vacation snaps to show off when they’re home.

Standing out from the crowd

Sometimes it might be nice just to not literally stand out, but when you’re a tall person, even standing at the very back isn’t enough. This couple was there for a friend’s wedding and decided they wanted to be at the back and realized they were still easy to spot.

If you’re the kind of person who loves the attention, it’s perfect, but sometimes it’s just one of those annoying life things. On the bright side, you’ll never miss a photo opportunity. This really is standing head and shoulders above the rest.

Awkward shopping experience

Going shopping looking for some new outfits is usually pretty fun, until you reach the dreaded part of actually trying on the clothes. A lot of people hate fitting rooms, for very good reasons.

First of all you have to wait in line for forever. Then once you’re inside the little cubicle is small and uncomfortable to move around in and then there is the lighting. It usually makes you look like you’ve come down with the flu. And if you’re very tall, like this guy, you can add one more very awkward problem to the equation: you can see everyone else as the try on clothes, and they can see you.

Tall person pro tip

Many tall people have heard all the jokes a million times. Asking what the weather is like on your altitude and whether you play basketball is bound to get pretty old, pretty fast. But what never gets old is a sense of humor, which this guy has realized. Accepting the fact that he will probably always get the exact same questions all his life- he decided to be one step ahead of them.

He created the most unique and humorous little ice breaker that makes sure he doesn’t have to repeat himself. As soon as someone mentions his height he can from now on simply hand them one of these, have a laugh and move on to more interesting subjects.

Joke’s on you, shortie

As a tall person, you can get tired of being the butt of the joke every time. Once in a while, the shorter folks deserve a taste of their own medicine. This taller than average guy even bought a T-shirt that is perfect for the job.

One thing is for sure, he will be a very popular person to take pictures with whenever he wears it, and it’s also a pretty great ice-breaker for a party.

Too fresh

Most of us have seen these in public bathrooms and in the office, and most of us are very grateful they are there. An automatic fresh air dispenser is basically the easiest way to make sure it always smells nice and clean. And the best thing is you don’t even realize they are there.

Usually they are high up on the wall, by some corner, quietly doing what they were made to do. However, as this tall person pointed out, the placement isn’t great for everyone. Walking by at the precise moment this little thing dispenses a puff or perfumed air is understandably a pretty unpleasant experience. Tall person, we feel you.

Giraffes unite!

Most of us have never had to fear ceiling fans. But if you’re on the taller side, just add it to the list of possible dangers in your home. This guy does not look very amused over this predicament, but someone else clearly thinks it’s pretty funny and gave him this T-shirt.

Being somewhat compared to a giraffe is maybe not the most flattering thing you can experience, but his friend probably meant well and just wanted to make him feel less alone in his tall struggles.

Wardrobe worries

When encountering tall people, we often think about many things we’d like to ask. “How’s the weather up there?” is a popular one. “Just how tall are you?” is another fan-favorite. But what we don’t usually think about, maybe because it’s an afterthought for us, is the mundane issue of clothes.

Where do you shop for clothes when you’re well over six feet? Well, at least guys have big-and-tall stores, but what’s a woman to do? Luckily for her, this lady seems to have that figured out, up to and including those chic Converse kicks.