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How tall is Drake? A scientific investigation based on facts

The cover art for Drake's upcoming album, Views From The 6, in which Drake is perched atop Toronto's CN tower, is the kind of image that used to exist only in the wildest dreams of the world's meme creators. But Aubrey knows a thing or two about meme inspiration, and you can bet your OVO mesh t-shirt that when he decided on the album art, he knew fans and enemies alike would get creative with it. Suddenly, there was Drake, sitting on Beyoncé's head, hanging out with J. Cole, and lost in Where's Waldo's world. Now, Twitter user @HieuHefner has gone and brought math into it, and I swear it's more fun than it sounds, please don't leave.

As you can see from this helpful illustration below, if the bulb at the top of the CN Tower is about 40-meters tall, and 11 sitting Drakes equals the length of that bulb, then one sitting Drake is 12-feet tall. This is a nice reveal on its own, but it raises an interesting and significant question: If Drake is a giant while sitting, how tall is standing Drake?

There were two ways to deduce the answer to this question, the most obvious of which was Googling it. This line of thinking turned out to be bullshit, as Google says that Drake is 6 feet tall. (As we have learned from the blunders of other celebrities, no human is exactly 6 feet tall; usually, they are 5 feet and 11 and a half inches.) Plus, Drake cannot be 6 feet tall if he is double that size while sitting, and we're talking about Giant Drake here — not Everyday Drake. Googling celebrity heights: useless and misleading.

The next, less appealing option, was to do math. First, I needed to determine the sitting to standing height ratio of a wealthy and celebrated Canadian male. This turned out to be more difficult than expected, as I could only find information about the sitting to standing height ratio of premenopausal women and Dutch teenagers. Then I discovered a website that is definitely used by real humans, called makemetaller.org. One of the forum discussions involved sitting vs. standing height, in which lost souls posted their height measurements and asked the public to decide if they were normal. I dug through these measurements to see if I could come up with an average ratio. (One person claimed they were 20 centimeters taller when sitting than standing, because they had a "fat bottom," so I was forced to eliminate their measurements based on insanity.) This amateur study produced a working hypothesis that sitting height is usually somewhere between 52 percent and 56 percent of a person's full standing height.

For simplicity's sake, I landed somewhere in the middle, and assumed Drake's sitting height to be 54 percent of his standing height. If Drake is around 366 centimeters when seated — which is 54 percent of around 678 centimeters — then, scientifically, Drake is around 22 feet tall while standing. I'm no mathematician, but I've worked very hard here and I feel confident in reporting that this is a correct fact.

Drake is 22 feet tall.


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