Did you know that nearly 10 to 12% of the world population is left-handed?
Did you know that lefties tend to be more independent, creative, adaptive and flexible because of facing the world that is largely designed for right-handed people?
Scientists are not really sure of the exact reason behind people being left handed but research points to a complex collaboration of genetics and environment that can lead to some people being lefties.
Let’s find out some other really cool and unique facts about Lefties:
1) The right part of the brain is dominant in left-handers.
The left side of the brain is logical and analytical and the right side of the brain is creative and emotional.
The right part of the brain is more dominant in the left-handed people and therefore they tend to be more creative and artistic in their disposition.
2) Lefties tend to be highly independent, flexible and adaptive
Lefties tend to be more independent and flexible as they learn to adapt to the world largely made for the right-handers.
3) They have a creative streak.
Psychologists suggest that living in a world designed for right-handed people makes lefties to come up with independent thinking and creative solutions.
Also, the right part of the brain that deals in creativity and expressing emotions is more dominant in the lefties that give them a creative streak.
In fact, a lot of famous artists and celebrities like Leonardo Da Vinci, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Eminem, Justin Beiber, Jim Carrey, Lady Gaga are lefties.
4) According to studies, lefties like to booze more than right-handed people.
5) They are a pro at sports
Lefties are a pro at sports, be it golf, tennis or boxing they excel everywhere.
Golf champ Phil Mickelson, Tennis rockstar Rafael Nadal, boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya are all lefties.
In fact, almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties.
According to MSNBC review of an interesting book The puzzle of left-handedness by Rik Smits, left-handers may have an advantage in games involving two opponents facing each other like boxing or tennis because they get more opportunities to practice against right-handed opponents than vice versa since righties are so much more in number.
6) They can adjust to seeing underwater better than right-handers
7) They tend to reach puberty 4-5 months later than right-handers
8) They are more likely to suffer from insomnia
9) Research says left-handedness is seen in animals as well
10) Statistics show that there are more than 30 million left-handers in the U.S.
11) August 13 is celebrated as Left Handers Day internationally
The UK based Left-Handers Club launched 13th August as the International Left-Handers Day in 1992 to increase awareness about the left-handed lifestyle.
Their website marks this as a day “when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.”
12) They shine in politics
Out of the last seven US presidents, 4 have been left-handed. President Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Gerald Ford, as well as few Presidents in the past like James Garfield and Harry Truman, are also left-handed.