Karl Pearson

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When asked what his first memory of biology was, Karl Pearson replied: "Well, I do not know how old I was, but I was sitting in a high chair and I was sucking my thumb. Someone told me to stop sucking it and said that if I did so, the thumb would wither away. I put my two thumbs together and looked at them a long time. ‘They look alike to me,' I said to myself, ‘I can't see that the thumb I suck is any smaller than the other. I wonder if she could be lying to me.'"

Walker, H. M. The contributions of Karl Pearson. Journal of the American Statistical Association 53, 11–22 (1958)