Fascinating and Fun Facts About Lefties You Didn’t Know

Question: How many lefties does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: None. Lefties just get a right-handed person to do it.

Are you or a member of your family a left-handed person? If so, celebrate! It’s National Lefties Day! There is a recognized day just for you as posed to the other 364 days of the year where you very well may feel like the world was constructed backwards.

So, in honor of this special day for south paws, we are going to learn a little something about favoring the left, and some of it very well may surprise you.

 

History:

The word sinister actually originated from the mark of evil that was favoring the right hand. Witches were believed to use their left hands in casting evil spells. And in the Judeo-Christian tradition, it was widespread practice to force kids to use their right.

We know now that favoring the left has nothing to do with the devil and actually has some brain benefits. Conversely, forcing a kid to use one hand over the other can actually impede development, interfering with speech and coordination. .

 

The Lefty Brain:

They are fond of the right side of the brain the most and because of that, they are more likely to pursue creative careers. They excel at 3D modeling and sports like tennis and boxing.

 

Fun Fact: On a standard Greco-Roman keyboard, there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand. Say what?

 

Demographics:

Lefties make up roughly 12% of the population, and are twice and likely to be male. In fact, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were all lefties. It’s not that lefties are smarter than righties, but they do appear to group at either pole of intelligence tests, and here’s an insane figure: left handed college grads will likely become 26% richer than their right handed classmates.

 

Now the downside of the left hands:

Lefties are also more likely to show up in the anti-social category, although they also do make great performers. Jennifer Lawrence, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney are all south paws.

 

Health

For some unknown reason, lefties are more prone to migraines, they are more likely to be insomniacs and they are more susceptible to alcoholism– the right side of the brain is less tolerant of alcohol! And another mystery is, those of the left-handed persuasion also go through puberty slightly later than their right-handed counterparts and they have a slightly shorter life expectancy, maybe they just “live life to the fullest?”

So, there you go, chances are you learned something new about yourself or your child. Maybe it’s time for a game of tennis or a talk about your future in politics. Next time someone notices you are a lefty, you can answer, “that’s ‘sinister’ to you,” and you’ll be telling the truth!

 

 

References:

  1. http://leftyfretz.com/25-facts-about-left-handed-people/

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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