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Enjoy These Fun Facts This International Left-Handers Day

Enjoy These Fun Facts This International Left-Handers Day

If you’re a leftie or you know one, we invite you to read further and learn together.

Today is International Left-Handers Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the uniqueness of left-handers and raising awareness for the struggles that lefties face in a world designed for right-handers.  In recognition of this Left-Handers Day, let’s enjoy these fun facts about lefties.

  • Just 10% of the world’s population is left-handed. Interestingly, men are more likely to be left-handed than women.
  • Historically, left-handed people were considered inferior. This can be traced back to the old association of the left hand being used for witchcraft.
  • Handshakes using the left hand are considered a sign of disrespect. This can be traced back to the Middle Ages where the left hand was associated with bathroom activities.
  • The tradition of wearing wedding rings on the left hand originated with the Greeks and Romans who wore them to fend off the evil associated with the left hand.
  • Five out of the last eight U.S. presidents write with their left hands. The lefties were Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
  • The fear of left-handedness is called sinistrophobia.
  • Fingernails tend to grow faster on the left hand than the right.
  • Left-handers make especially good tennis players; almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties.
  • Left-handers are three times more likely to become alcoholics; the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance when it comes to alcohol.
  • Left-handedness runs in families. Take, for example, the British royal family; the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are all lefties!
  • According to research published in the American Journal of Psychology, there is some evidence that left-handed people have the upper hand in at least one creative facet: They’re better at divergent thinking, a method of idea generation that explores many possible solutions.
  • There’s something even called the Left-Handers Club which is a pro-leftie group dedicated to left-handed research and product development. Keep in mind,  most of what we right handed folks take for granted are designed for us, and that makes it awkward for designed desks and cooking tools that fit comfortably only in our right

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate International Left-Handers Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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