For many people, being left-handed means there are a lot of little, everyday inconveniences that you just learn to deal with – from cutting a straight line with a pair of scissors to using office desks, all solely designed for righties.
Clearly, the world was designed for right-handed people.
But there are also some pretty amazing things that go with being left-handed which make them as cool as or even cooler than us “right-handers”, even so that there’s an International Left-Handers Day.
Check them out below.
1) Five out of the last seven US Presidents were/are left-handers: Barrack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. What do these five great men have in common? Yup, you guessed it. They were all left-handed.
Okay, Reagan was technically ambidextrous, but born left-handed.
Sadly, left-handedness used to be treated as a disability, and was often hidden and suppressed, hence this peculiar trait was not as significant in the previous presidents’ administrations as should have been.
Still, seven left-handed presidents among all 44; that’s notably higher than the usual 10% of the population. Coincidence?
2) Lefties are believed to have higher IQs: Lefties seem to be significantly represented amongst geniuses. According to research done from an accurate sample of left-handers pitched against right-handers, more left-handers emerged with IQ’s over 140 as against right-handed people. Considering that Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin were all lefties, it is hard to disagree.
3) Entrance to adulthood: Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers. Not sure if this one is a blessing, a curse, or completely irrelevant to anything.
4) Mothers over 40 are more likely to have left-handed babies: The chances for them giving birth to a “lefty” are significantly higher than their right handed counterparts. Studies have shown that mothers over 40 years of age are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than mothers in their 20s.
5) Renowned world terrorists and murderers were left-handed: Well, at least The Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper and Osama bin Laden were left-handed. Research also shows that there is a correlation between left-handed people and delinquent behaviours. The Devil is rumoured to be left handed too, and this might not be further from the truth…
6) Lefties are extremely creative: Lefties have natural talent at the creative arts such as music, theatre and visual arts. They always tend to have phenomenal visual skills, excelling at music, fine arts, graphic design and often times architectural design. They also excel at 3-D perception and visualization as against the right handed.
7) They are expert fighters and will always win: Physically, left handed people are believed to be more balanced. In addition, their arms are more likely to be even in size as against right-handers whose right arms are typically larger and stronger. Therefore they stand a better chance at overcoming their opponents at physical combats.
8) On a keyboard, there are around 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand: Whereas only 187 are typed with the right. This can be described as utter madness, sheer brilliance or perfect coincidence.
9) Left-handers excel at sports: According to statistics, about 40% of the world’s top tennis players are left-handed. In as much as only 1 in 10 people is left-handed, amongst exceptionally good tennis players this rate surprisingly becomes 2 in 5. And it is not only tennis where left-handed people excel – they are also found in football, boxing, swimming, baseball and many other sports.
10) Premature babies stand the risk of being left-handed: Babies born prematurely are more likely to end up left-handed. Some studies have associated this to some kind of incomplete development on the part of the brain that controls and handles handedness.
11) Forcing a left handed person to change to their right hand at a young age can have severe repercussions throughout their life: According to sources…
There you have it! Are there any more facts or characteristics we missed out? Share with us below.