25 interesting facts about our left handed friends
Posted on by badPAUL Last Modified on March 10th, 2015
August 13th is Left-Handers Day.
Men are more likely than women to be left handed.
About 50% of rats, cats, and mice are left pawed.
Research also suggests left-handers are more likely to become alcoholics, schizophrenic, and dyslexic.
Connections between the left and right side of the brain are faster in left handed people meaning they are better at dealing with multiple stimuli.
Asymmetrical behavior patterns in humans extend to the foot, eye, and ear as well.
The Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper, and Osama Bid Laden were lefties.
So too were Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander the Great.
The gene LRRTM1 has been found to play a significant role in handedness.
One in four Apollo astronauts were left handed.
People who are left handed tend to draw figures that face to the right.
A mother over 40 years old is 130% more likely to have a left handed baby than a mother in her 20s.
There are scholarships available for left-handers with high academic performance.
Between 10 and 12 percent of people are lefties.
Studies show that left-handers have an easier time learning to use their other hand than their right handed counterparts.
Only 1% of the world population can be considered truly ambidextrous.
Historically it has been seen as a nasty habit, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, and criminality.
In English the word left even comes from the Anglo Saxon word lyft which means weak or broken.
Although some cultures had a positive view of left-handers many considered them outcasts.
There are many parts of the world where children are punished in school for using their left hand.
Researchers believe that the proportion of left-handers in the human population has always been roughly 10 percent.
There are two theories about the wedding ring. One is that the Egyptians believed, in spite of the left hand’s flaws, wearing it there brought it closer to the heart. The other is that the Romans wore it there to ward of evil associated with the left hand.
The longest English word that can be typed with just the left hand using conventional hand placement is “tesseradecades”.
Many sources claim that left handers may die up to 9 years earlier than right handers.
In many cultures the left hand is considered unclean because it is used to wipe after defecation.
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