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Make up between 5% and 10% of the population (depending on who you ask)
More likely to have allergies
More prone to migraines
More likely to be insomniacs
Use the right side of the brain the most
Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
Twice as likely to be a man Better at 3D perception and thinking
Better at multi-tasking
Live on average 9 years less than right handed people
39% more likely to be homosexual
It is worth learning about left handed facts showing that it is likely to be genetic. It's not something you choose, you were born that way.
There are claims that whichever hand the fetus holds closest to its mouth in the womb will determine which will be the dominant hand in a person's life.
Researchers have also linked the LRRTM1 gene to be linked to being left handed.
There is a theory called the Vanishing Twin Theory which claims that left handed individuals were originally in the womb with an identical twin. The right handed twin then failed to develop, leaving its leftie sibling to face the world alone. This theory is in question, but as a left handed person, if you feel like you're missing your "right hand man," there may be something to this theory.
• 50% use a computer mouse with their right hand
• 68% use their right hand when handling scissors
• 74% use their right hand to wield a steak knife.
More little-known left handed facts are that 25% of the Apollo astronauts have been left handed. That’s 250% more than the normal level of left handedness in any group. Of the 5 designers of Macintosh computers, 4 of them were lefties! Men are two times more likely to be lefties than women are. While the general population may be 15% left handed, MENSA membership is populated to 20% left handed people.
When: Always on August 13th If you are a Leftie, Then Left Handers Day is just for you!
The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterized by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate.b
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.