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I was reading a short book written by a professor who spent time teaching in China (Where's The Duck In Peking ). One chapter that really caught my attention was the one that discussed the fact that there are no left handed people in China. He mentions that being a white foreigner made him the object of much attention but that being left handed was what propelled him fully into the 'freak' category. Being a leftie is kind of like being in a club - I've got a left handed mug, a fridge magnet and it gets mentioned pretty often when people see me writing. But to have a whole country without lefites? I can't imagine it. But hold on! This is not the end of the story.
 
I was in a co-workers office. He and his wife were there (her office is across the hall - we are a family oriented organization so that's not uncommon) They are Albanian - Beni and Bela Boboci. I started to jot down some notes. Bela noticed and said, "Hey, you are left handed." I had just read the book the night before so I said, "Yeah - and did you know that there aren't any left handed people in China?" I thought this would blow their minds like it had mine, but they were completely unphased and she said (I kid you not) with a completely straight face, "Yeah. There aren't any in Albania either." I almost said, "SHUT UP!" (picked that up from Seinfeld) but I caught it as I know it probably wont come across well to people who don't speak English as their first language - probably even English speakers who are not from the U.S. So I said, "No Way!"
 
So there it is - communists apparently hate left handed people along with all the other stuff they hate. And I've got to wonder - what would baseball be like if America had gone that route? Totally crazy.
 
oh - I should add that Albania isn't communist any more. Just in case someone reading this doesn't realize that. But they were up until 1990 and so I feel free to make the association.

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  • by Eravau (12435)
    Slightly off-topic... but I find it amusing that the quote at the bottom of this page when I loaded it is: "Everyone was born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it." My dad would have wholeheartedly agreed. Interesting topic, though. I'd never though about handedness in various countries... but then why would I... being a rightie.
  • Next time you're watching TV or a movie, notice how many actors are left-handed.

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