Most People Don't Know This About Being Left-Handed
Marilyn Caylor 1/10/2017
The vast majority of people are right-handed. Only 10% of people are left-hand dominant, and as one of the last "minorities" on earth, lefties have been stigmatized throughout the centuries linguistically, culturally, and even in the Bible.
Unfortunately, lefties have to adapt to a world that favors the right hand. Take for example a can opener or a pair of scissors. If you're right handed, go ahead and try to use it with your left hand and you'll see how difficult it is. You know those credit card swiping machines that are just about everywhere you shop? Try swiping your card with your left hand. Yep! That's also a super awkward maneuver. The list of frustrations for lefties goes on and on.
However, left-handed people are ahead of the curve when it comes to having higher IQ's, are better at math, and have great spatial awareness. Want to know more? Here are some other interesting facts about left-handed people.
1. The tendency towards being left-handed is higher in twins - in fact, it's 22% higher! I wonder if they high-five each other with their left hands, too?
2. Women who give birth over the age of 40 are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby, when compared to mothers who are in their 20's.
3. The Incas believed that being left-handed meant the person would be a healer. In the Zuni traditions of North America, lefties signified good luck!
4. The best intellectuals throughout history were left-handed. They include Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin.
5. Left-handedness is a rarity. Only about 10-12% of the entire world's population is comprised of lefties. This ratio has remained constant for over 30,000 years. If you're left-handed and thought you were special - you're actually right!
6. Folks who are left-handed are more prone to displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after watching a clip from a scary movie.
7. Research shows that being left-handed means you are more prone to developing asthma and allergies than your right-handed counterparts.
8. Lefties don't live as long as their right-handed counterparts - it can be cut short by as much as 9 years!
9. The left side of the body is traditionally seen as being emotional and feminine. However, men are more likely to be left-handed than women.
10. Have you ever wondered why wedding rings are worn on the left hand? It's because people believed that the ring finger on the left hand has a "vein of love" that is directly connected to the heart. How sweet!
11. If a leftie injures their hand, they are more likely to be able to learn how to use their right hand with ease. The same is not true of folks who are dominant with their right-hand.
12. People who use their left hand are more talented in math, architecture and spatial awareness than right-handers.
13. Left handed people are more likely to be geniuses. IQ tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in New York found that lefties are more likely to have IQ's that are above 140.
14. Left-handedness runs in families. The British Royal Family are comprised of lefties - the Queen Mother, her daughter Queen Elizabeth II, her son Prince Charles, and his son Prince William are all left handed.
15. Ultrasounds taken of babies in the womb show that only 10% prefer to suck on their left thumb.
16. Three out of the four most recent U.S. presidents are left-handed. They include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush Sr. Other U.S. presidents were lefties too: Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald Ford.
17. There are plenty of famous left-handed celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Microsoft magnate Bill Gates, Celine Dion, Oprah, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tina Fey.
18. Lefties are more likely to stutter than right-handed folks. They are also more prone to having autism and dyslexia.
19. National Left-Handers Day is celebrated on August 13th. It raises awareness about the difficulties and frustrations that lefties face in a world that is designed for right-handers.
20. Lefties are more efficient at multi-tasking than their right-handed counterparts. Their connections to both the right and left side of the brain are faster!
Although lefties have to live in a world that loves being right-handed, they still have a lot going for them! Who doesn't want to be a genius, have quick access to the brain, and be a good luck charm? If you're right-handed, try using your left hand for a whole day. You'll have a much better understanding of the difficulties that left-handed people face every single day.
Sources: Fact Retriever, FB Image Credit: Flickr/Dr._Colleen_Morgan