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Saturday, October 07, 2006

A Census of the Senses

This story of a Northumberland, England, family's census conundrum comes from The Freeborn County (Minn.) Standard of May 18, 1898:

There was a baby in the house, and the column, "Deaf and dumb or blind," was a big problem to the conscientious parents.

They concluded that the baby could hear and see, but it certainly could not speak, and they accordingly put it down "Dumb." But just then a powerful scream from the infant made them reconsider the question, and they ultimately altered the entry to: "Not dumb, but can't speak."

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