Of course it's inane, this is LFGSS and thus the internet, which is half the fun of it! Do you really find it difficult to change the position of your knees relative to the BB if all other contact points remain the same? Pure curiosity as all of my bikes differ subtly, or quite a bit in the case of my tt and track bikes, none has ever given my knees grief.
Wim, my career overlapped with Merckx, he didn't notice! Many UK clubmen of that era had bars only marginally lower than their saddle and, yes, it did look crap.