Napoleonic Complex... did Napoleon have one?
After his death in 1821, the French emperor’s height was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches in French feet
. This corresponds to 5 feet 6.5 inches in modern international feet
, or 1.686 metres. So what's all this talk about him being a historical midget?
Now granted five-foot six and a half isn't huge, it's actually a few inches shorter than your's truly, and I think of myself as relatively short. The truth of the matter is, even by today's standards, Napoleon would be just shy of the average height of a human being. So why does he have a short complex named after him? Is this just more institutionalized hatred of the French!? (SacréBleu!!!)
Or was that just an excuse for me to actually type Sacré Bleu? (Doesn't come up often I'll have you know.)
Whatever the reason, it's fair to say Napoleon seems to be getting the short end of the stick on this one. I mean I think history is selling him short... Ok, I'll leave you with the Factoid and not get into bad puns here.
Cheers to global misconceptions that base entire psychological afflictions on mis-stated fact.