a list assignment in scalar context returns the number of elements on the right-hand side of the list assignment
I don't agree with that. An array assignment does this. A list assignment returns the last element. To wit:
@A = (1,3,5);
$scalar_array = @A;
$scalar_list = (1,3,5);
$scalar_weird = (1..5);
print "SA: ", $scalar_array, $/;
print "SL: ", $scalar_list, $/;
print "SW: ", $scalar_weird, $/;
metaperl@pool-71-109-151-76:~/tmp$ perl a.pl
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