God will hold a metaphorical knife to your throat (as Schaap would illustrate by holding a steel blade against a twig the way an assailant might press on a jugular).
But in this case what was more interesting than the sex was the (supposed) tallness of the guys.The male heights on Ok Cupid very nearly follow the expected normal distribution—except the whole thing is shifted to the right of where it should be.Nine of the offenders, from top left: (first row) A. Ballenger, Christopher Settlemoir, Chester Mulligan; (second row) William Beith, Jack Schaap, Tedd Butler; (third row) Joseph Combs, Craig Sisson, Russell Overla he sermon was called “The Polished Shaft,” and in the many times that Jack Schaap, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, had delivered it, it was the kind of showstopper that made him a rock star to his flock.(Or would have, had Schaap not habitually railed against the evils of rock music.) As with most of his sermons at the northwest Indiana megachurch—the 14th largest in the country and the biggest Independent Baptist house of worship in the nation—the message struck as bluntly as a pounded nail: Submit to God’s plan for your life or be snapped like a twig and flung away (as Schaap would demonstrate by cracking a stick over his head, tossing it aside, and barking, “Next! When you do submit, be prepared to endure excruciating pain.
This means that guys round up a bit more than usual, stretching for that coveted psychological benchmark. As for whether it even makes sense for people to make such an obvious and easily disproved exaggeration, the jury is out.
When we looked into the data for women, we were surprised to see height exaggeration was just as widespread, though without the lurch towards a benchmark height: On a somewhat humbling personal note, I just went back and looked at my own profile, and apparently I list myself at 5' 11". We've found that taller people, up to a point, have more sex: But as far as messages go, women actually seem to get more attention: These are the average weekly unsolicited message totals by height; you can think of these as the number of times a person is "hit on" out of the blue each week on Ok Cupid.