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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-29-06 04:27 PM
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9. Not that I know of; but it may go back 50 years or more
There are hints of a much older association of eccentricity with green ink, however. Subscriber Anelie Walsh e-mailed from Australia following the first appearance of this piece to mention that it turns up in Carl Sagans book The Cosmic Connection (1973):

There came in the post an eighty-five-page handwritten letter, written in green ball-point ink, from a gentleman in a mental hospital in Ottawa. He had read a report in a local newspaper that I had thought it possible that life exists on other planets; he wished to reassure me that I was entirely correct in this supposition, as he knew from his own personal knowledge.

An earlier reference, less direct, is from Kingsley Amiss Lucky Jim (1953), mentioned by several subscribers, among them Jane Halsey. The hero gets letters from a person purporting to be an editor of a learned journal, ill-written in green ink. The implication seems to be that the green ink is a sign of some abnormality (the writer turns out to be an academic thief) but whether Amis invented it, or was drawing on an existing folk belief about letters written in green ink is impossible to say.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gre5.htm


And there's a tantalising New Scientist article from 1989: What makes people expound theories of the Universe in green ink on lightweight notepaper?, but it's subscription only.
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  -NAZI NASA!11!1! realisticphish  May-29-06 01:49 AM   #0 
  - I'm suprised there is no link to that timecube simultaneous creation guy,  Random_Australian   May-29-06 07:24 AM   #1 
  - I can't remember if it was serious or not,  muriel_volestrangler   May-29-06 07:57 AM   #2 
  - Interesting  Codeine   May-29-06 09:26 AM   #3 
  - I wonder if this could easily be done  salvorhardin   May-29-06 11:00 AM   #4 
  - That's an interesting point  realisticphish   May-29-06 11:29 AM   #5 
  - Doe the US have the concept of "green ink" letters to newspapers?  muriel_volestrangler   May-29-06 01:51 PM   #6 
     - Fascinating  salvorhardin   May-29-06 02:05 PM   #7 
        - There doesn't seem to be  vino   May-29-06 04:04 PM   #8 
        - Not that I know of; but it may go back 50 years or more  muriel_volestrangler   May-29-06 04:27 PM   #9 
        - Memories of school?  moggie   May-30-06 07:54 AM   #15 
  - Lots of use of the 'CENTER' tag, too  moggie   May-30-06 03:01 AM   #11 
  - So this word below must be the most important of all:  muriel_volestrangler   May-30-06 03:56 AM   #12 
     - LOL! n/t  Taxloss   May-30-06 07:11 AM   #14 
     - hey  realisticphish   May-30-06 09:43 AM   #18 
     - I think the < blink > tag  salvorhardin   May-30-06 10:08 AM   #19 
  - Another sighting - the webpage of this guy in GD  muriel_volestrangler   Jun-26-06 06:38 AM   #26 
     - Would we understand his answer?  moggie   Jun-26-06 07:32 AM   #27 
     - Not evo psych. I have worked out a lot of evo psych, and the  Random_Australian   Jun-26-06 07:53 AM   #28 
     - It's possible; on reflection, I'm being hard on the guy  muriel_volestrangler   Jun-26-06 08:04 AM   #29 
        - There is no line but a continuum, but there are always times when we  Random_Australian   Jun-26-06 08:09 AM   #30 
     - cue twilight zone music  WoodrowFan   Jun-26-06 09:26 AM   #31 
     - And another  moggie   Jul-05-06 06:57 AM   #32 
        - Angry fruit salad  salvorhardin   Jul-05-06 11:11 AM   #33 
           - Can't remember where I first heard it  moggie   Jul-05-06 01:29 PM   #34 
  - That site is proof  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   May-30-06 01:55 AM   #10 
  - Actually, this guy makes a lot of sense.  Taxloss   May-30-06 07:08 AM   #13 
  - Ah, creative punctuation!  moggie   May-30-06 07:58 AM   #16 
  - Super Dumb Flubber Dubber  realisticphish   May-30-06 09:41 AM   #17 
     - LMAO, something about that insult is just getting me laughing,  Random_Australian   Jun-02-06 10:50 PM   #24 
        - Funny story  salvorhardin   Jun-02-06 11:37 PM   #25 
  - It's like a clich of a conspiracy site  Anarcho-Socialist   Jun-02-06 05:55 AM   #20 
  - This is great stuff...  Anarcho-Socialist   Jun-02-06 06:00 AM   #21 
     - Those aliens!  moggie   Jun-02-06 08:15 AM   #22 
     - it looks like someone  realisticphish   Jun-02-06 09:19 AM   #23 
 

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