Posts Tagged ‘Zac Efron’


Make me feel real loose like a long legged goose!!!

May 4, 2010

Everyone knows that women’s magazine editors digitally alter photographs of models that appear in their mags. When I finally did the maths I was shocked.  See: Odd Bods in Marie Claire

This model had legs 89% longer than a standard size 12 model in the same edition of the magazine and with the same waist to hip measurement! Looking at this model made the standard size 12 model look like a dumpy little garden gnome. Looking at these images distorts our view of normal body sizes or anything close to it.

Models can be given the appearance of long legs by the angle of the camera (Looking up at the model on the catwalk, for instance), by wearing extra high stiletto heels and/or by wearing bathing costumes with high cut legs. Then photo editors use photoshop to stretch their legs.

While pictures of male models may be digitally altered to remove skin blemishes, body hair and add abs, it seems to me that their legs are not digitally stretched and certainly not by 89%! But we have this 89% number now and we should use it.

So Mathspigs here are some male celebrities with a standard pic and then with their legs – from the hip down – stretched by 89%.

This was very simple maths. I used photoshop to edit the pictures and set their legs at a 189% vertical stretch. 

Check the maths:

Standard leg length = 100%

Vertical Stretch        = 89%


Look at these pics and you decide if they look OK or ridiculous. I cannot decide for you. But I have thrown in the pics of the horse and the giraffe just to show how the practise of digitally stretching models images distorts reality. 

Here we go mathspigs. Lets play STRETCH LIMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zac Efron

Maybe these

long legs would

help his

dancing, but…..  if he did the splits he’d never get up again.

Robert Pattison


Edward Cullen

in the Twilight series. See TWILIGHT MATHS II

Edward is an ethical vampire

at this height he’d have to chase giraffes.

Justin Beiber

As my photoshop leg stretching skills improved

I found that

our eye begins to accept legs stretched

from the top of the thigh but not higher up the body.

Check out these stretch-horses.

Both images have legs stretched by

89% but the second horse has been stretched from the mid-body point down. Now look at the normal horse. It looks like it has SHORT legs!!!!!!! These images have distorted our sense of reality.

Here are some sports stars.

Sam Gilbert plays Aussie Rules football 


PS: Mathspigs dad and two Uncles played for St Kilda.

My Dad broke his leg when he ran into the goal post. 

They sent him off to hospital using the local bus!!

This was along time ago.

My dad


two uncles

are in the

St Kilda team





Heath Grundy 


Aussie Rules 




Sydney Swans.


 Usain Bolt

 We would like to believe that Usain Bolt has long,

long legs.

 However he doesn’t need legs as long as the stretch photo suggest.

He is already the world’s fastest runner.


  The giraffe looks quite reasonable with extra long legs.

 Then again you could argue that

the real giraffe shape

is weird.

Now for a few rock stars.

 This is Vampire Weekend.

 The long Weekend is  Left.


Cut Off your Hands UNCUT is Right.

 This is the rock group GRIZZLY BEAR.

Look at the way our eye works.

Look at the guy in the shorts. His leg has been extended from the knee down. Looks wrong.

The guy in the black pants legs look OK even though extended 89%.

The guy squatting is totally distorted as his whole body and head have been stretched.

 Now you’ve seen a horse, a giraffe and a grizzly bear. 

Finally, a bit of fun.

Here are some fictional characters. 

Harry who???? The batman toy looks appears in proportion mainly because action figure toys are usually made with short muscly legs.


  – I used the standard 89% stretch here. I was hoping to give Spiderman legs like a spider.


Man vs Auto: Car Maths

December 8, 2009

One classic Aussie bush song sung by Slim Dusty has the words:

But there’s nothin’ so lonesome, so dull or so drear

Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer.

To parody this song:

But there’s nothin’ so lonesome, so dull or so drear

Than to stand next to a car made in your birth year!

The Queen

                                1926 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Prince Charles                1948 Standard Vanguard

Camilla Parker-Bowles      1947 Wolseley.

Kylie         a 1968 Leyland Mini

Britney Spears          1981 Corvette.

Cars are little time capsules that reflect the hopes and vainglories of an era. Your era. And most of us would be looking at some pretty quaint old models. 

Here are some cars from mathspigs family.

This is an Australian  Model T Ford or Tin Lizzie produced in the 1920s with my Grandmother at the wheel. The boy (obscured) in the photo is my father. My grandparents owned a small wheat farm at Lalbert in the Mallee, Victoria near where my grandfather  was born at – wait for it – Tittybong. The fires came in the 1930s, burnt the crop and the banks forclosed as often happened in the Great Depression. The banks not only took the car but the bridles off the horses!!! The car is important because my grandmother, Eileen, mother of 4 at the time, broke both her wrists crank starting it and her sister, Maggie, reset her sisters wrists on the kitchen table . Top Speed: 45 mph. Fuel consumption: 25 mpg (UK gallon)

My father left school at 13 to work on the farm and went to war at 19 in WWII fighting throughout the Pacific. On his return he married my mother and joined the police force. In the 1960s we, parents and 4 later 5 kids, moved to live on the police station at Kyneton, Victoria. We had the police phone in our kitchen and our car, the FC Holden (right) – ours had a pink door -was the police car. With the police phone in our kitchen, mum feeding the prisoners and our car used as the police car, I grew up in a sitcom. Later I wrote 3 books about it. Fuel Consumption: 9 l/ 100km

In the early 1970s when I went to University I had my first car. It was Horris, the Morris Minor and it was made in 1952, the year of my birth!!!! A car of some character its shock absorbers were shot so it bounced when it hit bumps. When it rained water splashed through holes near the brake while the windscreen wipers tended to flop forward and hit the bonnet (ie. hood) so in rain I had to drive with my hand out the triangular vent window holding the windscreen wiper onto the windscreen. Top Speed: 64 mph (102 kph) downhill with a tailwind. Fuel consumption: 40 mpg (UK Gallon or 5.9 l /100 km).

So here is the challenge mathspigs. Who uses more CALORIES to travel 10 km? A car produced in the year of your birth or you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Note: If you were born during WWII (1939-45) car production was limited so I will assign you an army vehicle, a 1940 Wily’s Jeep. This includes George W Bush 1946 Willys Jeep.

Car fuel consumption data can be found at Fuel Consumption Data Base for Australian cars. 

 Calories consumed walking @ eHOw  (Note: On this website calories mean Calories or Kilocalories)

You can work it out mathspigs. Who uses more calories?????? Man or Auto?????????

Here are a few more celebrities with the birth year cars:

Elle Macpherson                                        1963 Lotus Elite

Zac Effron                                             1987 Ford Bronco

Tiger Woods                                     1975 Volvo

Miley Cyrus                                  1992 Honda Civic

Robert Downey Jnr             1965 Impala

Kate Winslet                      1975 Triumph Spitfire

Eric Bana                   1968 Holden Monaro

Cate Blanchett          1969 Toyota Corolla