Wednesday, March 22, 2006


I remember that Dogger Gatsby used to say he had heard somewhere that Arabs disfavor the left hand because they wipe their behind with it. It is the “other” hand, not the right hand to eat with! Some say that's what originally made the left hand the "wrong" hand.

Maybe Arabs still think of it that way. Maybe everyone does, except for left-handed people who, rumor has it, wipe with their left hand, too. Dogger was left-handed and seldom thought about it at all. Being a "lefty" in the late seventies in America, he was more inclined to think with favor about wiping his ass with an Arab than to worry about which hand he did it with. Had he lived until the 911 disaster in 2001, his opinion would probably have remained the same.

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