Have you ever known a left handed person? I myself am right-handed and have no problem finding all of the products that I need because most are geared towards the right hand, but I have known lefties and they seem to struggle a little with some everyday tasks. However, they also tend to be more independent because they have spent their whole lives adapting to this right handed world that we live in. For that reason, let’s get to know these lefties a little more. Here are some fascinating facts:
1. Between 5-10% of the population are left-handed.
2. Lefties are three times more likely to become alcoholics.
3. They mostly use the right side of the brain.
4. They reach puberty between 4-5 months later than others.
5. They are good at baseball, tennis, swimming, and boxing. Up to 40% of the best tennis players are lefties.
6. 4 out of 7 of our recent presidents have been left-handed.
7. College graduates who are left-handed become 26% richer than right-handed ones.
8. Back in the day, if you were left-handed you might have been accused of having a nasty habit, the mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, being rebellious and capable of criminality and/or being homosexual. Sometimes, however, it indicated creativity and musical abilities.
9. The word left come from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means broken or weak.
10. Older women who are over 40 years of age are 128% more likely to give birth to a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20’s.
11. Cats, rats and mice are equally left and right-handed even though around 90% of all humans are right-handed.
12. Lefties tend to be better in math and architecture while right-handed people are more verbally talented.
13. One out of four of the Apollo astronauts was left-handed.
14. Around 30 million people in the United States are left-handed.
15. Lefties are more susceptible to allergies and asthma than right-handed people.
16. Left-handed people have an easier time adjusting to using their right hand if something happens to their left.
17. These are the longest words that can be typed using only the left hand: sweater dresses and tesserae decades.
18. The British Royal Family have some lefties: the Queen’s Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
19. Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
20. August 13th is International Left-Handers Day.
21. The Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden, and Jack The Ripper were left-handed.
22. Left-handed people can see underwater better than right-handed people.
23. Left-handed people tend to get angry faster than the rest. John McEnroe is left-handed. Case closed