4 September 2004
A question from J Bowen of No Watermelons Allowed:
Large men wear larger sized clothes than smaller men. Are you with me so far?
Large men on average are taller than smaller men. Was that controversial?
Then why on earth are the large sizes always at the bottom of the stack, with the runt sizes on top? Isn't that exactly bass-ackwards?
Well, yeah, if you're designing for convenience. On the other hand, if you'd like the stack to have some sort of stability, you put the heavier items (larger sizes contain more material and therefore weigh more) toward the bottom.
Okay, it's a minor thing we're not talking differences of forty to fifty percent here but gravity doesn't cut any slack.
Alternative explanation: Smaller chaps are pickier and will go through more items before buying, leaving their discards on the top; larger fellows are just happy to see something their size.
Whatever the reason, it's no less true of specialty shops that cater specifically to Big Guys, either; 1X is seemingly always higher in the stack than 4X.