mm422: Blast from the Past! No. 31

June 27, 2008

Worked long, and late today; then spent some quality PVR playback time with Mrs. MUDGE. So, blogging took a very bedraggled third place on the priority list, darn it! So, once again, time to unwrap from the deepfreeze a past treasure.

There’s most read, and then there’s favorite. This is a post which yr (justifiably) humble svt is, regrettably, but not regretfully, not at all humble about.

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Blast from the Past!

A post we really, really loved to write, and read, and re-read…

From last summer, originally posted September 20, 2007, and originally titled “mm146: Left-handers on roll as numbers triple.”

MUDGE’S Musings

There is no more appropriate story for a blog very particularly titled Left-Handed Complement than this one from the Sunday Times of London:

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LEFT-HANDEDNESS has reached record levels, with a more than threefold rise over the past century in the proportion of those using their left hand to write.

A large-scale historical study of handwriting down the ages by academics at University College London (UCL) has found that the proportion of left-handers has gone up from 3% among those born more than 100 years ago to 11% today.

Chris McManus, professor of psychology at UCL, said the surge in left-handedness may be due to a reduction in attempts to coerce naturally left-handed children into using their right hands.

McManus’s team have reinforced the theory that left-handedness is growing by analysing film shot about 1900 which shows that only 16% of those living at the beginning of the 20th century used their left arms to wave, compared with about 24% of people today.

Your obedient servant happens to be lefty in more than politics, thank you very much.

Can it really be that there are more of us?

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