Capt. America, Weight Conscious?

By | Friday, March 21, 2008 Leave a Comment
It's pretty common knowledge that wearing vertical stripes makes you look thinner/taller, while wearing horizontal stripes makes you look shorter/fatter. The reason for this is that a person's eye, when seeing stripes will follow along the path of the stripes and perceive the direction of the stripes as longer than it actually is. It's a fairly common trick of the eye, and fashion designers often take advantage of this notion of a person's eye following lines to accentuate and/or hide certain features of a figure.

Which makes me wonder why Captain America wears vertical stripes. I mean, the American flag's stripes are horizontal, so what other reason could he have for choosing vertical ones other than to make himself look thinner? Is he just one of the many legions of overweight fanboys?
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