File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 146

Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] Luck has nothing to do with understanding
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 18:36:12 -0400

Just curious....if they don't use Toilet Paper what do they use?


"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
-Walter Bagehot

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the
choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape
ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make
are ultimately our own responsibility."-----Eleanor Roosevelt

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are
dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do
it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many

-Michael Landon

> [Original Message]
> From: Robert Smythe <>
> To: Puppet List <>
> Date: 9/14/2005 12:05:46 PM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Luck has nothing to do with understanding
> In some parts of the world, especially northern Africa, the uses of the
> right hand and left hand are strictly regulated.
> The right hand is used for eating; the left is used for washing after
> the toilet, as toilet paper is not used. As a result, use of the left hand
> for anything is considered extremely rude, if not unhygienic. It is no
> wonder people looked at you like you had the plague.
> I'm surprised you know about this before you got there: it is one of the
> first things you learn about this part of the world when you travel. When
> you don't understand the reasons cultures develop as they do, it's easy to
> see things through your own filter. As a result you ascribed what is
> sense in that part of the world to luck and belief in the supernatural.
> Maybe now you understand why a woman, whom you say was "otherwise very
> educated" was so shocked. Perhaps she was surprised that a man, who
> otherwise was very educated, could be so uncultured.
> On 9/13/05 11:52 PM, "Robert Rogers" <> wrote:
> > Speaking of luck, a few years ago I was performing in Tunisia.  At one
point I
> > was summoned to the theater office to sign some papers.  The room was
> > and buzzing with conversation.  I picked up a pen and suddenly silence
> > like a curtain.  Everyone looked at me with eyes wide.  I asked what
was the
> > matter and a young woman who was an otherwise very educated person said,
> > "you're left handed."
> > 
> > I asked, "is that bad?"  She replied nervously, like I had the plague,
> > ""
> > 
> > I guess in some parts of the world it's unlucky and downright evil to be
> > left-handed.
> > 
> > Robert Rogers
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