Historically, left-handedness has been seen as an abomination, and many lefties were forced to become righties. That’s no longer the case, though, and as such, more people are coming to recognize the differences lefties may exhibit.
And handedness is a matter of both genes and environment. Additionally, some research suggests that lefties, prone to adapting to a righthanded world, are consequently more independent.
24 Interesting Facts about Left-Handed People
- The word ‘left’ has Anglo-Saxon origin and it comes from the word ‘lyft’ which meant broken or weak
- Left-handed individuals use their right brain side more
- 5 to 10% of the world population is left-handed
- Left-handed people are good at sports like tennis, swimming, boxing, baseball, etc.
- They can see under water easier than right-handed people
- More than 40% of the best tennis players in the world are left-handed
- Left-handed people usually reach puberty later, approximately 5 months after right-handed individuals do
- Statistics shows that left-handed college graduates are expected to become 26% richer than their right-handed peers
- Left-handed people have a 3% higher risk of becoming alcoholics
- Out of 7 US states, 4 are left-handed
- The percentage of left and right pawedness in animals like cats, rats, and mice is equally divided
- The longest words which you can type just with your left hand are tesserae decades, sweater, and dresses
- According to one study, left-handed people have a different way of processing emotions than people who are right-handed as they tend to get angry quicker
- Numerous studies point out that lefties are more gifted for maths, architecture, and spatial awareness whereas people who are right-handed have better verbal skills
- August 13th is International Left-Handers Day
- In the past, left-handedness was closely associated with rebellion, neurosis, homosexuality, the devil, and criminality. However, it was also related with creativity and musical skills
- People who are left-handed tend to suffer from insomnia more than right-handed individuals
- In the U.S. according to latest statistics, there are more than 30 million left-handed people
- Women who give birth in their 40s have a 128% higher chance of giving birth to a left-handed child when compared with women who give birth in their 20s
- Some of the most vicious killers in human history were left-handed. For example, the Boston Stranglers, Osama bin Laden, and Jack the Ripper
- According to medical experts, if left-handed people injure their dominant hand, they can learn to use the other one quicker than if the same happens to a right-handed person
- Left-handed people are more prone to asthma and allergies than right-handed individuals
- Left-handedness definitely runs in the family. For example, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother, and Prince Charles are/were left-handed
- Out of four, one Apollo astronaut was left-handed
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