25) Homosexuals are 39% more likely to be left-handed.
According to a 2000 study, left handed people are 39 per cent more likely to be homosexual. The authors assume that the three factors responsible for the relationship between handedness and sexual orientation are cerebral laterality and prenatal exposure to sex hormones, maternal immunological reactions to the fetus, and developmental instability. Another 2013 study found that asexual participants were roughly 2.5 times more likely to be left handed!
26) There is a phobia associated with left-handedness.
Yes you read it right! Your lucky left hand may scare some people.
Sinistrophobia is defined as the fear of things at the left side or left-handed people.
This is one of the most bizarre facts about left-handed people.
27) They find some simple tasks hard to do it.
Swiping credit cards and cutting with right-handed scissors are two things that are harder for lefties than righties. Other little obstacles include – car cup holders that are always on the right-hand side, a camera with more buttons on the right side, pens at the bank are always attached on the right side and flaps covering zippers on pants etc.
Since lefties constitute only 12% of the world population, they are not taken into consideration, while building gadgets and other tools.
Ned Flanders’s shop recognized the plight of left handed people and started a shop named The Leftorium in the Springfield Mall that specializes in products for left-handed people. It was a big relief for many lefties. But you can get special lefty-made notebooks, scissors, and more in real life. Left-handed pens are now a new cool!
28) They recover from strokes faster than righties.
Left hemisphere of the brain is more dominant in righties and this side is associated with language function. So, a stroke or a brain injury which occur on the left side of the brain affects speech and language.
While 95% of right-handed people have left-brain dominance when it comes to language control, whereas this drops to 70% for lefties. This means that after a stroke, lefties whose right hemisphere of the brain is dominant are more likely to be faster to recover language ability. This is the plus point for all lefties.
29) They have typing advantages.
Lefties have a record of typing the longest words. The longest words typed by conventional left-hand placement are “sweaterdresses” and “tesseradecades”.
On a QWERTY keyboard, you can type 3000 words with left hand alone but only 300 words with right hand alone.
30) They are prone to diseases.
According to a study published on the Harvard University Press, left-handers were 11 times more likely to suffer from allergies than the right-handed folks. The results also showed that lefties are two and a half times higher risk of suffering from auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. They are also twice as likely to experience migraines when compared to right-handers.
31. Every year, more than 2,500 left-handed people are killed around the world
Statistical reports showed that one in 4,400,000 is killed every year from using equipment which is meant for right-handed people, and this accounts for more than 2,500 deaths of left-handed people every year. That is 10.3% of left-handed people (both males and females) suffer an injury while driving a vehicle, and 31.6% of left-handed people (both males and females) get injured in sports. And the most dangerous item is the right-handed power saw.
Some studies conducted later found that lefties live around nine years less than their right-handed counterparts. It can be due to their vulnerability to different health issues. However, a 2001 study suggested lefties tend to die three years younger than righties although extremely left-handed people have a life expectancy that is just one year lower.
32) They like to booze more.
According to one 1973 study higher than expected number of patients in alcoholism ward, was left-handed. Lefties are more likely to be alcoholics than the right-handed people. However, a more recent study suggests that lefties are more prone to drink at moderate levels.
These are some cool and interesting facts about left handed people. If you are a lefty and could relate to the facts then leave a comment below. And if you want to add more, feel free to do so.
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