#LeftHandersDay : 35 fun facts about left-handers

#International Left Handers Day# Interesting, historical, and scientific fun facts about left-handers

Today is the commemoration of World Left Handers day and I decided to celebrate with the lefties by writing a few fun facts about them.

Check them out….. .. below

1. International left handers day is celebrated on the 13th of August every year. It was founded by the Left Handers Club in 1992.

2. To be left handed means to have a left dominate hand/arm or a left dominate foot.

3. Left handed individuals have a right dominate brain called the right cerebrum

4. Plenty of famous people are lefties! Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Shigeru Miyamoto, Morgan Freeman, Barack Obama, JF Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, George Bush,  Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Tom Cruise, Julius Caesar,  Napoleon Bonaparte, Gordan Ramsey, and more are all lefties!

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Famous left-handed persons

5. 10 to 12 percent of the world population are left handed

6. There are about 750,000,000 left handers in the world.

7. In my opinion, lefties are still be marginalized in our societies. Most infrastructures,  basic amenities,  cars,  public utilities and school desks are constructed with due considerations to left handers. In the words of John W. Santrock: “For centuries, left-handers have suffered unfair discrimination in a world designed for right-handers. For example, 👇

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Utility discrimination lefties face everyday day

 

8. Studies have shown that left-handed people are better basketballers.

9. Left handers do not find the use of scissors or spiral notebooks funny.

10. Football greatest of all time (GOAT) in the person of Leo Messi is left footed. Also is Diego Maradona.

11. Marie Curie,  the mother and founder of radioactivity and its application was left handed.

 

12. Left handed people are a rare and unique breed.  They are creative, have high IQs & multitasking skills. From a medical standpoint, they  are the only ones in our ‘right’ minds.

 

13. Arya Stark ( Maisie Williams), the famous Game of Thrones character and actress is left handed both in the movie and in real life.

 

14. The last 3 American presidents: Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama are left-handers.

15. 10% of the world population is left handed, yet 50% of the Beatles were left handed.

 

16. Some left footed great footballers are: Gheorghe Hagi, Gareth Bale, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Raul, Ryan Giggs, Hristo Stoichkov, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Ferenc Puskas, Steve Gupp and many more.

17. Men are more likely to be left handed than Women.

 

18. Left handers are more likely to be ambidextrous than right-handers.

19. Queen Victoria is one of the most famous historical lefties. Although she wrote with her right hand, she painted with her left, which indicates she was made to switch as a child, as was sadly common in the Victorian era.

 

20. Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s.

21. Did you know that the greatest musical group called Beatles, half of them  were left handed?
22. Lefties are more likely to suffer insomnia(poor sleep)  than right handed individuals
23. In the Soviet Union, all left-handed kids were forced to write with their right hand in the soviet school system.
24. Scientific studies have traced the cause of handedness to be multifactorial. Research has suggested a variety of factors, including specific genes, birth weight, mother’s age, preterm births, multiple births, ultrasounds during pregnancy and more. Still, “the biological basis of hand preference . . . remains largely unexplained.
25. As a child British King George VI (1895-1952) was naturally left-handed. He was forced to write with his right hand, as was common practice at the time.
26. Animals can also be left handed. For example, Kangaroos and other macropod marsupials, cats,  and mites show a left-hand preference for everyday tasks.
27. There have been eight  American presidents who have been lefties, including James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
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Left- handed Barack Obama
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28. King of Clay in Lawn Tennis, Rafael Nadal,  is left-left-handed
29. Left-handed people are less likely to come down with ulcers and arthritis. There is a genetic basis for this.
30. Lefties are better at video games than right handers.
31. Compared to right-handers,  lefties are more competitive, emotionally intelligent and have better self-control.

 

32. Studies have suggested that left-handers are more talented in spatial awareness, Mathematics , and architecture. Right-handers tend to be more talented verbally.

 

33. There are about 30 million left-handers living in the USA

34. Lefties are more prone to asthma and other allergies according to research findings.

35. Left-handedness is also known as “sinistrality” because left-handed people were once thought to be demons.

 

36. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British Royal Family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

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