If You’re a Lefty, then Left Handers Day is Just for You!

You know, many times lefties get the short end of the stick.  Here’s just a short list of examples:

  • Left-handed desks still do not exist.
  • Novelty coffee mugs are usually made with the picture or text for a right-handed pickup.
  • Left-handed items usually cost more.
  • Scissors are for right handers.
  • Even your computer mouse is designed for right handers.
  • Apart from the “Leftorium” on the sitcom, The Simpsons, it is extremely rare to find a store devoted to lefties.

Ned_FlandersI can go on and on but I think you get the picture.  So if you’re a lefty, celebrate because today is just for you!  Tuesday, August 13th is Left Handers Day!  In celebrating Left Handers Day, here are some fun and interesting facts about lefties:

  • A variety of studies suggest that approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed.
  • Right-handed people operate on the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side.
  • Lefties are also called “southpaws.”  The term was coined in baseball to describe a left-handed pitcher.
  • While many people are left-handed, very few are 100% left-handed. For example, many left handers golf and bat right-handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
  • During the 1600’s people thought left handers were witches and warlocks.
  • Handedness displays a complex inheritance pattern. For example, if both parents of a child are left-handed, there is a 26% chance of that child also being left-handed.  This leaves about three-quarters of the effect to be explained by environmental factors.
  • In his book Right-Hand, Left-Hand, Chris McManus of the University College London argues that the proportion of left handers is increasing and left-handed people as a group have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers.
  • In a 2006 U.S. study, researchers from Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University concluded that there was no scientifically significant correlation between handedness and earnings for the general population, but among college-educated people, left handers earned 10 to 15% more than their right-handed counterparts.

Here’s some additional fun tidbits about being left-handed such as the benefits of being a lefty and a left-handed test.

Left PowerAnd of course, the Buena Park Library District has some materials on left handers that’s sure to interest righties and lefties alike.

The Left Stuff

So if you’re a left hander, embrace and seize the day because today was made just for you!

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