Aug. 13 is International Left Handers day, which means those 10 percent who always feel like they’re getting elbowed aside have a day to feel special. Continue reading to find out some fun facts and trivia about being a lefty, courtesy of Time magazine, Daily Infographic and Random History.
--Even though the body in generally symmetrical, there are some aspects that leave it one-sided: like whether a person if a lefty or a righty for instance.
--Aug. 13 was designated as Left-Hander’s Day in 1996 to bring awareness to the difficulties of being a lefty in a right-handed world.
--Mothers who give birth over the age of 40 are 128 percent more likely to have a child with left-handedness than a woman who has a baby in her 20s.
--Lefties have been traced back to the caveman days. Archaeologists believe that some cave paintings were created by a left- handed artist.
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--There are phrases in English, which suggest left-handedness is negative. A “left-handed complement” is an insult. A “left-handed marriage” is not at all a marriage but an adulterous sexual relationship.
--Lefties are more likely to be geniuses.
--Throughout history, being left-handed was seen as various things, like: a bad habit, rebellion, criminality, the mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, or even a trait marking creativity and musical ability.
--Left-handedness runs in the family, the British royal family namely. The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are or were all lefties.
--Lefties are more likely to loathe spiral notebooks.
--Here are some other famous lefties: President Barak Obama, Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Justin Bieber, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Stewart, Lady Gaga and Tina Fey.
--It’s not sure what makes a person become a lefty. Some scientists say it could be more testosterone in utero; others say it could be the hand babies prefer to have in their mouths.
--The Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper and Osama Bin Laden were all lefties.
--Among Eskimos, every lefty is a potential sorcerer.
--Some researchers believe lefties are better at handling stimuli, which means they’re naturally better at video games.
--Some scholars say lefties are the last unorganized minority in society because they don’t have a collective power or real sense of common identity.
--In Scotland, if a person is a unlucky it is said he or she was “baptized by a left-handed priest.”
--Lefties tend to be more susceptible to negative emotions like depression and anger because they engage in the right side of their brains more aggressively.
--Some scholars say lefties generally die nine years earlier than righties.
--Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are left-handed.
--There are many artistic representations that show Satan as being left-handed.