Goofing on Numbers: Skyscraper BMI

This is the start of Goofing on Numbers, a little semi-regular series I’d like to do here. The basic idea here is to take equations and gently misuse them to answer meaningless questions, sort of like What If? if it cared less about describing any actual physical reality. It’s an illustration of the principle of Garbage In, Garbage Out, but more importantly for my purposes, it’s tons of fun. Today I’m going to take a look at Body Mass Index, that often criticized metric of weight.

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