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.
I 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.
And of course, the Buena Park Library District has some materials on left handers that’s sure to interest righties and lefties alike.
So if you’re a left hander, embrace and seize the day because today was made just for you!