Happy Left Hander’s Day!

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By Jen Monroe

Happy Left Hander’s Day to all you lefties out there (and to those of you who just like a reason to celebrate things!) August 13th is officially National Left Hander’s Day, which was launched in 1996 in celebration of lefties and  also created to raise awareness for the difficulties left handed people face. Here are some facts we’ve found about lefties:

  1. 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 20’s.
  2. Herbert Hoover is believed to be the first left-handed president, though James Garfield could write Greek with the left hand and Latin with the right.
  3. Although approximately 90% of all humans are right-handed, cats, rats, and mice that show handedness seem to be equally split between right- and left-pawedness.
  4. Studies have suggested that left-hander’s are more talented in spatial awareness, math, and architecture. Right-hander’s tend to be more talented verbally.
  5. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
  6. Many people who are left-handed draw figures that face to the right
  7. About 30 million people in the United States are left-handed.
  8. Less than 1% of the world’s population can be considered truly ambidextrous.
  9. The longest words that can be typed using only the left hand with conventional hand placement are sweaterdresses and tesseradecades.
  10. Research suggests that left-handers are slightly more prone to allergies and asthma than right-handers are

Some Famous Lefties:

  • Tom Cruise
  • Paul McCartney
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Gandhi
  • Helen Keller
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Babe Ruth
  • Albert Einstein
  • Brad Pitt
  • Celine Dion
  • Bill Gates
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Fred Astaire
  • Mozart
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Jerry Seinfeld
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