Happy Left-Handers' Day: Facts and Trivia About Being A Lefty

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a famous left-handed celebrity.

Happy International Left-Handers' day! Wednesday is when those 10 percent who always feel like they are getting elbowed can raise their dominant hand and feel special. Provided below are some fun facts and trivia about being a lefty, courtesy of Random History, Time magazine and Indiana.edu.

Lefties are in some good company when it comes to Hollywood and music. Here are some famous lefties: Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Stewart, Robert DeNiro, Jim Henson, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, Jerry Seinfeld, Dick Van Dyke, Oprah Winfrey, Lisa Kudrow and Nicole Kidman.

U.S. citizens like to vote for left-handed politicians into presidency. Seven former presidents are (or were) lefties, and so is President Barack Obama. 

Now to some quick facts:

--Aug. 13 was designated as Left-Handers' Day in 1976 to bring awareness to the difficulties lefties face by living in a right-handed world.

--Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are left-handed.

--Lefties are more likely to be geniuses.

--Left-handed people are more likely to loathe spiral notebooks.

--Even though the body is typically symmetrical, some parts are one-sided: like whether a person is a left or a righty.

--It’s unknown what determines handedness. Some scientists believe it could be more testosterone in utero, others believe it could be the hand babies prefer to have in their mouths.

--Eskimos reportedly believe every lefty is a potential sorcerer.

--The Latin word for left in sinister and in the English language there are some phrases that suggest a negative view of left-handedness. Like, a “left-handed wife” is actually a mistress.

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