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"If there is a discrepancy between the map and the terrain, the map is correct."
by Number 6 on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 07:36:28 AM EST
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I read of the map-reading difference a lot, but never observed it myself. In fact I had an opposite experience: when I was a child, and the family went on holiday, it was my mother who read the maps.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 08:07:57 AM EST
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OK, so who drove?
by Number 6 on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 08:10:28 AM EST
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Both of them, taking turns, though my father had more time behind the driving wheel. And he wasn't too fond of maps in any situation -- preferring reading signs and asking passers-by.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 08:13:05 AM EST
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Cool.
by Number 6 on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 08:23:31 AM EST
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I think this is one of the facilities that falls into the statstical sampling basket. From my own experience, I've emt many men and women who are perfectly capable of reading maps fluently.

However, I have also noticed that the worst male is never as bad as the worst female and vice versa.

And left-handedness complicates it. Left handed women are generally slightly betterthan right handed men. Left handed men are invariably better than right handed men.

ps I am left handed and miss that knowing whenever I need to check a map.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 08:33:17 AM EST
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