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  1. Egrayj

    Egrayj said, about 12 hours ago

    Nuns in Newport, RI broke the fingers on my first mother-in-law’s left hand to make her write right-handed. That was back in the late 1920’s when they could get away with such things.

  2. chithing

    chithing GoComics PRO Member said, about 12 hours ago


    How sinister!

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 11 hours ago

    Lucked out. I only knew the nice nuns.

  4. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, about 11 hours ago

    My father was similarly forced to write right-handed (he’s actually ambidextrous). He forced my brothers (my sisters and I are naturally right-handed). When my older daughter started showing left-handed-ness, my mother told me that I should “make” her write with her right hand. Needless to say, my daughter is 12 now…and a proud leftie.

  5. Robin Stephens

    Robin Stephens said, about 8 hours ago

    I used to get the ruler to the back of my hand for writing left-handed. :P

  6. Michael C. Cordell

    Michael C. Cordell GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago


    Ha! I saw what you did there. :-)

  7. eccolibri60

    eccolibri60 GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago

    I hope those nuns are made to write left-handed for all of eternity.

  8. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, about 7 hours ago

    I went to a Christian school not a Catholic one. We did have the strap and teachers more than willing to use it. Looking back , I can’t believe some of the things we were punished for. Someone threw out a Christmas tree, and a friend and I pretended it was a dragon and hit it with sticks. We got the strap for that.

  9. The UnBeliever

    The UnBeliever said, about 7 hours ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    That was just to correct a gap in your education. Everyone knows dragons look like windmills.

  10. luvdafuneez

    luvdafuneez GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 hours ago


    Same thing happened to my Mom (didn’t break her fingers, tho).

  11. Old Texan75

    Old Texan75 said, about 4 hours ago

    I went to school in West Texas in the late 1940s, early 1950s. In the first grade I had to sit on my left hand and write right handed.
    The few Mexicans who managed to get into school were beaten (not whipped) if they were overheard speaking Spanish. I remember we had a story where a character was named Pedro. My Mom taught me the correct Spanish pronunciation.
    The next day the teacher called it Peeedro. I was terrified that I would accidently pronounce in correctly, as I was afraid I would get a beating. The coach always did the honors and the paddle was almost always a 2×4 with holes drilled in it. Administered in front of the class.

  12. Old Texan75

    Old Texan75 said, about 4 hours ago

    Don’t blather to me about the “good ol’ days”, I know better.

  13. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, 14 minutes ago

    Bah! I had the good nuns all through grammar school; I was and am proudly left-handed. That was never a problem. I can’t even recall a knuckle-rap, though there may have been a threat of such….

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