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(Metro)   The very reason why we reach for the sky and build taller buildings: Penis envy   (metro.co.uk) divider line 37
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2012-12-16 07:46:24 AM  
i'm one of the few men you'll meet with penis envy
 
2012-12-16 07:51:01 AM  
DUUUUUUUH.

/DRTFA
 
2012-12-16 07:54:01 AM  
While that's all symbolic and interesting, the practical non-aesthetic reason is that you get more internal surface area for use while covering less area outside.
 
2012-12-16 07:56:34 AM  
Little Tom Cruise seen dangling from the tallest building.

You can't unFreud that.
 
2012-12-16 08:04:13 AM  
I see this particular media outlet is combining tangentially related fluff pieces into one slightly longer fluff piece. Maybe they're trying to reduce clutter on their website and they figure if I'm reading an article about skyscrapers I also want to read about a club for tall people. It's too bad there wasn't a third section about the world's tallest trees. I was really in a mood to read about more tall things.
 
2012-12-16 08:04:15 AM  
I thought a taller building meant that you would have more square footage to sell/rent with as little footprint as possible, on expensive urban land.

But that's just why I am a dumbass... I think a thing can exist that has nothing to do with racism, sexism, or "penis envy."
 
2012-12-16 08:06:51 AM  
i471.photobucket.com

Ypsilanti Water Tower FTW!!

/not sure if posting clever pic of lady standing above it from a mile away would get me in trouble with mods...or rockers
 
2012-12-16 08:08:56 AM  
I don't envy the penis. It must be horrible to ride around in underpants all day, sweaty and in the dark. Sounds awful.
 
2012-12-16 08:09:26 AM  
So does that mean Malaysians have TWO penises?
 
2012-12-16 08:22:01 AM  

rjakobi: So does that mean Malaysians have TWO penises?


More like every Malaysian has a penis. Surprise!
 
2012-12-16 08:22:20 AM  
I like how they assume people might know it more as the building from a Tom Cruse movie I've never seen rather than as, you know, simply being the tallest building in the world.
 
2012-12-16 08:24:07 AM  
Um, no. Land is expensive so if you build taller things you get more money back on your initial investment.
 
2012-12-16 08:24:50 AM  

PonceAlyosha: While that's all symbolic and interesting, the practical non-aesthetic reason is that you get more internal surface area for use while covering less area outside.


Until the core of the building has to be so big, that the reduction in usable internal space doesn't justify the height. The Economist had an article recently... many of today's larger skyscrapers can't be justified financially. It's about vanity. Though, to call it penis envy is a bit much.
 
2012-12-16 08:36:54 AM  

JMacPA: I like how they assume people might know it more as the building from a Tom Cruse movie I've never seen rather than as, you know, simply being the tallest building in the world.


Tallest today. As per the article, the tallest building title is no longer relevant or interesting since some two-bit sandy shiathole or asian toxic waste dump always builds a taller one.
 
2012-12-16 08:39:54 AM  
 
2012-12-16 08:40:27 AM  

sinanju: Though, to call it penis envy is a bit much.


More like 'Ghetto Rich' to my mind.
 
2012-12-16 08:42:11 AM  
I can't imagine being one of those people that see a penis every time something is longer or taller than it is wide. It must be hell to be near a forest.
 
2012-12-16 08:45:29 AM  
Huh, I didn't realize we had that many female architects.

/"penis envy" and "cognitive dissonance" are the two most misunderstood terms on Fark.
 
2012-12-16 08:56:46 AM  

rjakobi: So does that mean Malaysians have TWO penises?


met a guy who had three. Said his trousers fitted like a glove.
 
2012-12-16 09:10:40 AM  
When I was a little biddy boy
My grandma bought me a cute little toy
Two Silver bells on a string
She told me it was my ding-a-ling-a-ling
 
2012-12-16 09:28:54 AM  

ModernLuddite: I don't envy the penis. It must be horrible to ride around in underpants all day, sweaty and in the dark. Sounds awful.


Rush Limbaugh's penis?
 
2012-12-16 09:54:08 AM  

Sgt Otter: Huh, I didn't realize we had that many female architects.

/"penis envy" and "cognitive dissonance" are the two most misunderstood terms on Fark.


I'd like to add nearly every type of logical fallacy to the list of misunderstood terms with ad hominem and strawman accusations being thrown around with particularly little care.
 
2012-12-16 09:55:56 AM  
Phallus thread?!
 
2012-12-16 10:09:07 AM  
Once architects selected blacker finishes, the heights increased substantially.
 
2012-12-16 10:09:12 AM  

nicoffeine: I can't imagine being one of those people that see a penis every time something is longer or taller than it is wide. It must be hell to be near a forest.


this. i'd like to hear what better way to achieve human density than a vertical tower. i see a tall building and i don't automatically think 'omg it's a cock', although the Gherkin building is an exception and makes me snicker.
 
2012-12-16 10:16:16 AM  

Baryogenesis: Sgt Otter: Huh, I didn't realize we had that many female architects.

/"penis envy" and "cognitive dissonance" are the two most misunderstood terms on Fark.

I'd like to add nearly every type of logical fallacy to the list of misunderstood terms with ad hominem and strawman accusations being thrown around with particularly little care.


I knew I liked you guys. But I just wish I was taller.
 
2012-12-16 10:19:03 AM  
Mon crayon est large.
 
2012-12-16 10:36:30 AM  
Usin the ween as a template for things? Lets see pens, needles, swords, spears, javelins, guns, bullets, cannons, airplanes, missiles, rockets, pope hats, clubs, submarines, pipes, flashlights, stick shifts, columns, etc etc. hey maybe it's just one of the most effective shapes in nature and that's why a ween is shaped like a ween.
 
2012-12-16 11:00:16 AM  

Sgt Otter: Huh, I didn't realize we had that many female architects.

/"penis envy" and "cognitive dissonance" are the two most misunderstood terms on Fark.


THIS. I live within line of sight of the tallest building with a woman as the lead architect, and it looks nothing like a weener.
 
2012-12-16 11:12:57 AM  
farm1.staticflickr.com 
seems relevant to this thread
 
2012-12-16 11:23:20 AM  

PonceAlyosha: While that's all symbolic and interesting, the practical non-aesthetic reason is that you get more internal surface area for use while covering less area outside.


Damn that cock centric maleocentric manocracy we call reality.!
 
2012-12-16 11:32:23 AM  

Ow My Balls: [i471.photobucket.com image 425x640]

Ypsilanti Water Tower FTW!!

Water Tower, pfaugh! How about I give you a Kiek in de Kök?*
farm6.staticflickr.com
*a 14th century fort in Estonia
 
2012-12-16 11:43:16 AM  
So that's why my ideal house is only single story.
 
GBB
2012-12-16 11:43:55 AM  
pics3.city-data.com

Your State wants a larger penisula.
 
2012-12-16 11:51:36 AM  
mw2.google.com
 
2012-12-16 08:05:27 PM  

PonceAlyosha: While that's all symbolic and interesting, the practical non-aesthetic reason is that you get more internal surface area for use while covering less area outside.


Of course there's also significant costs to build and maintain a skyscraper. Land has to be very expensive before building skyscrapers would make financial sense.

Also it's hard to justify paying extra to rent an office/apartment with a view when the economy isn't doing well.
 
2012-12-17 10:34:19 AM  
This certainly explains the Shanghai skyline.
 
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