Are you amongst the rare 10% of left handed humans, or know someone who is? If so, this is what statistics show being a lefty means. I can’t believe this!
Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have often been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. Shockingly enough, the word “sinister” is even derived from “left or left-hand.”
In a world full right-handed folks, lefties are a rarity. Here are some fascinating facts via Aunty Acid, about you left-handed folks:
1. Lefties mostly use the right side (aka the artsy fartsy side) of the brain.
2. Lefties are three times more likely to become alcoholics.
3. Lefties reach puberty 3-4 months sooner than others.
4. Lefties are good at baseball, tennis, swimming, and boxing. Up to 40% of the best tennis players are lefties.
5. 4 out of 7 of our recent presidents have been left-handed.
6. Left-handed College graduates become 26% richer than right-handed ones.
7. Back in the day, if you were left-handed you might have been accused of having a nasty habit, the mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, being rebellious and capable of criminality and/or being homosexual. Sometimes, however, it indicated creativity and musical abilities.
8. The word ‘left’ come from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means broken or weak.
9. Older women who are over 40 years of age are 128% more likely to give birth to a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20’s.
10. Cats, rats and mice are equally left and right-handed even though around 90% of all humans are right-handed.
11. Lefties tend to be better in math and architecture while right-handed people are more verbally talented.
12. One out of four of the Apollo astronauts was left-handed.
13. Around 30 million people in the United States are left-handed.
14. Lefties are more susceptible to allergies and asthma than right-handed people.
15. Lefties have an easier time adjusting to using their right hand if something happens to their left.
16. These are the longest words that can be typed using only the left hand: sweater dresses and tesserae decades.
17. The British Royal Family have some lefties: the Queen’s Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
18. Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
19. August 13th is International Left-Handers Day.
20. The Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden, and Jack The Ripper were left-handed.
21. Left-handed people can see underwater better than right-handed people.
Are you amongst the rare 10% of lefties, or know someone who is? Show some lefty pride and share this article if so!