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Jukes and Kallikaks

Posted by Joel Eichen on May 07, 2001

In Reply to: Jukes and Kallikaks posted by Bob on March 13, 2000

: : : My father recently used the phrase: "we looked like a bunch of Jukes and Callycats." When I asked him what that meant he said it came from a sociological study of inbreeding done in the 30's or 40's. I can't find anything about this anywhere. Help?

: : It's Jukes and Kallicaks, (guessing at spelling) pseudonyms for two families who were studied to determine whether deviant behavior is hereditary.

: spelling = Kallikaks.