Today is the International Left-Handers Day, August 13th, so we decided to make a list with the most interesting facts about lefties!
1. They are more likely to pursue creative careers.
2. Between 10-12% of people on earth are “lefties.” Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.
3. They draw figures facing to the right.
4. They adjust to seeing underwater quicker.
5. Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties).
6. They recover from strokes faster.
7. Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed.
8. Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right-handed graduates
9. On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.
10. Left handed pens are a thing.
11. They are more likely to have allergies.
12. They are more likely to be insomniacs.
13. They are better at multi-tasking.
14. 39% more likely to be homosexual
15. It is twice as likely to be a man.
16. They are more likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia.
17. They are three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
18. They are more likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale.
19. They tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right-handed.
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. Among the Eskimos, every left-handed person is viewed as a potential sorcerer. In Morocco, left-handed are considered to be a s’ga, a word that means either a devil or a cursed person.
22. In Scotland there is a saying that describes an unlucky person: “He must have been baptized by a left-handed priest.”
23. Although about 90% of all humans are right-handed, cats, rats, and mice that show handedness seem to be equally split between right and left-handedness.
24. Researchers postulate that the proportion of left-handed has remained constant for over 30,000 years.
25. August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day.” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handed experience every day in a world designed for right-handed.