If you are not left-handed yourself, you probably know a lot of people who are. What may surprise you, however, is that only about 10%-12% of the world’s population qualifies as being southpaws. And while most of us tend not to see any real difference between righties and lefties other than a preference for using one hand as opposed to the other for writing and other tasks, left-handers are at a marked disadvantage when it comes to finding the right tools to do some of the most mundane tasks, including can openers and scissors, not to mention golf clubs. Even turning on the ignition and switching gears in cars can take a bit of getting used to
Still, being left-handed has some advantages of its own. For instance, they tend to excel when it comes to certain sports and make particularly good baseball players, boxers, fencers, swimmers and tennis players. In fact, nearly 40% of the top seeded tennis players are reported to be lefties. In fact, some of the greatest left-handed players have included Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, John McEnroe, Rod Laver and Rafael Nadel.
While these and other famous people are celebrated on a daily basis, August 13 is the one day of the year when all left-handers are celebrated for who they are. Founded back in 1992, International Left-Hander Day is the perfect time to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being a lefty, i
If you have ever wondered why one of the first questions a neurologist asks a patient is if they are right-handed or left-handed it’s because our brains are wired a bit differently according to which is the more prominent hand.
For instance, left handed people have been found to suffer more from conditions such as insomnia, migraines, and are likely to have allergies. In addition, it has been found that people who are left-handed are said to have a lower tolerance for alcohol than their right-handed peers, thus making them “3-times more susceptible to alcoholism;”
Lefties also tend to reach puberty 4-5 months later than righties, suffer more from stuttering and dyslexia; and are more apt to be on “extremes poles of the intelligence scale;” Oddly, also they seem to be less able to “roll their tongues” than righties.
Meanwhile, people who are left-handed have been found to recover faster from strokes, be better at multi-tasking, and have superior 3D perception and thinking. For some unknown reason, they are also said to have better underwater vision. Another odd bit of trivia is that nails tend to grow faster on left hands.
Additional statistics concerning left-handers are that they are more prone to pursuing creative careers; tend to draw figures that face right, and are 26% more likely to become richer than their fellow (right-handed) college graduates. Some experts also report that left-handed people are “nearly 40% more likely to be gay.”
Regardless of political leanings, it is interesting to note that 5 out of the last 8 Unites States Presidents including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford have all been lefties. Meanwhile, other celebrated left-handers to remember on this International Lef-Handers Day include: Prince William;Tom Cruise; Drew Barrymore; Robert DeNiro, Angelina Jolie, Whoopie Goldberg, Tina Fey, Woody Allen, director James Cameron; David Bowie; soccer great Pele; astronaut Neil Armstrong; Madam Curie, Henry Ford, Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci….