I haven`t managed to finish Malcolm Gladwell`s new #1 bestseller, Outliers, yet, because it`s so full of snarkworthy goodness. Here`s a taste from p. 80:
â€?What Hudson is saying is that IQ is a lot like height in basketball. Does someone who is five foot six have a realistic chance of playing professional basketball? Not really. You need to be at least six foot or six one to play on that level, and all things being equal, itâ€™s probably better to be six two than six one, and better to be six three than six two. But past a certain point, height stops mattering so much. A player who is six foot eight is not automatically better than someone two inches shorter. (Michael Jordan, the greatest player ever, was six six after all.) A basketball player only has to be tall enough â€” and the same is true of intelligence.â€?So that explains Yao Ming`s career! See, he`s at least 6`-6" — so he`s over the NBA threshold ... by 11 inches, granted, but once you are over the threshold, according to The New Yorker`s expert on everything, it doesn`t much matter how much taller you are than 6`-6."