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Thong Laterality Theory

A theory you may have overlooked

by Stephen Drew, AIR staff

Thong Laterality Theory is taught in few, if any schools. Undergraduates are rarely exposed to it, and few are the graduate students who admit more than a glancing familiarity with its subtleties.

Rather than overwhelm you with technical descriptions, we recommend the Sydney Morning Herald's primer on Thing Laterality Theory, published in the April 13, 2002 issue of that journal. Here are excerpts:

Gary Carlos was intrigued by tales from fishermen who noticed there seemed to be right-foot beaches and left-foot beaches.
After examining the footwear drifting onto Queensland's north coast, the Townsville-based researcher offered an explanation.

"My proposal is that right-footed thongs will be separated from left-footed thongs as they drift down the ocean currents," Mr Carlos said.

"So in theory, left-footed thongs should be pushed to the outside of the South Pacific and right-footed thongs should be pushed to the centre of the South Pacific."

The separated thong theory is based on ocean currents and the fact that right- and left-foot thongs are asymmetric.

According to the hypothesis, Australia's east coast and countries on South America's west coast, such as Peru, would have a left-foot bias.

We would enjoy hearing from any reader who has discovered published scientific research reports on this theory.

(Thank you to Linda Johnston for bringing this to our attention.)

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