Monday, 27 March 2017

10 interesting things about lefties

If you grew up left-handed, you know that it comes with some challenges.

For example, those desks at school were clearly made for righties — you know the ones I’m talking about, with the little ledge for the right arm to rest while writing the answers to pop quizzes. Those were the worst! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

From scissors to can openers and musical instruments, and even the smudging of pencil lead all over your hand, the left-handed strife never seems to end!

But, as it turns out, there is more to being left-handed than inconvenient school supplies. It correlates with which side of the brain is dominant, which dictates what your personality is going to be like.

These 10 things about left-handedness may take you by surprise. I didn’t know that the trait came along with such a vast array of other factors.

1. Lefties Make Up Only 10 Percent Of The Population
That’s right, only one out of every 10 people is left-handed. That makes them pretty special!

2. They Get A Whole Day To Themselves
August 13 is the official day to celebrate having a dominant left hand, so you better start planning that big Left-Hander’s Day bash right now.

3. They Associate "Left" With "Good"
While right-handed people associate the right side with being good, lefties think the exact opposite. In a world dominated by phrases like “right-hand man,” lefties get a slightly filtered view of the world, even if they don’t realize it. This all happens subconsciously.

4. They Are More Easily Afraid
A study out of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, showed that those who are left-handed are more likely to show signs of post-traumatic stress after watching scary movie clips. The reactions to fear that stem from the right side of the brain (which is dominant in left-handed people), were more prevalent in left-handers, as reported by The Telegraph.

5. They May Have Higher IQs
There are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than there are righties. Also, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin were both lefties, so if you are a southpaw, you’re in good company!

6. They Can Get More Embarrassed
As reported by the BBC, lefties are more likely to succumb to their inhibitions or get embarrassed. This is due to the right side of the brain (which they associate closely with) being in charge of these emotions.

7. Being Lefty Could Correlate With Mom's State During Pregnancy
According to ABC News, moms who are more stressed during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a left-handed person, while moms over 40 at the time of birth are 128 percent more likely to birth a leftie than women in their 20s.

8. Creativity Comes Easily To Them
Lefties are better at divergent thinking, according to Business Insider, which means they’re able to come to multiple conclusions based on a certain set of information. This makes for great artists and creative types, that’s for sure.

9. There Are Plenty Of Royal Lefties
Prince William and his son, Prince George, are both left-handed. The royal family has had a string of other left-handed members, including Queen Victoria and King George VI, as well as the Queen Mother.

10. There Have Been Eight Known Left-Handed Presidents
James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are all of the known left-handed presidents from our country’s past. This number could be much higher, though, as in past generations, being left-handed was frowned upon.

(Source: Little Things)

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