In Global Ranking, Trump Loses Upper Hand
It’s getting chilly up in the Northern hemisphere, which means we’ve started stocking up on winter gear, including gloves and mittens. We prepare for seasonal orders based on previous ordering data on quantity, size, and color from our records. While reviewing the size data for this year’s orders, our Head of Purchasing noticed some interesting trends - trends which they couldn’t help but relate to the upcoming U.S. election, buzzing on in the background.
We’ve heard a lot of talk about small hands in recent months, including a bizarre assertion by former Republican candidate Marco Rubio. (“You know what they say about men with small hands ... you can’t trust ‘em,” he said at a Virginia rally back in February.) Later this summer, data from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum surfaced, giving us an objective look at the hands of the Republican nominee.
Internally, our team decided to delve a little deeper into our purchasing data for glove orders and compare them to Trump’s measurements. Of course, any discussion of size is relative, and hand size, just like height, varies globally. Statistically, we wondered, what is a small hand? For thirty-two countries, we calculated the size of an average adult hand - female and male - based on records of national height standards.
What we found: at about six foot two, Trump’s not a short guy, but when compared to the hand size of men in many countries with a shorter average height, his hand did came below the average hand of Japanese, Saudi Arabians and Russians among other 20 nations. Also we could confirm his hands are smaller than former president Bill Clinton, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the US president Barack Obama.
Our communications team caught wind of our calculations and thought the rest of the world might want to get in on the fun. All in the name of better understanding these glove orders, of course.