Saturday, February 25, 2012

Left Handed Factoids

Left handed people make up between 5% and 10% of the population, I heard it was as high as 15%, it depends on who you ask.

Here are a few facts that may just surprise you about southpaws.
Left handed people are:
 More likely to have allergies.
More prone to migraines.
More likely to be insomniacs.
Use the right side of the brain the most.
Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale.
(Us left handers am either really,really smart or really,really dumm)
Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers.
More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia.
Twice as likely to be a man.
Better at 3D perception and thinking.
Better at multi-tasking.
Live on average 9 years less than right handed people.
39% more likely to be homosexual.
Make especially good baseball players, fencers, swimmers,
boxers and tennis players(almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th.
Draw figures facing to the right.
Recover from strokes faster.
More likely to pursue creative careers.
Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand,
 whilst only 187 are typed solely with the right hand.

Amar Klar, a scientist who has worked on handedness, says that left-handed people "have a wider scope of thinking", and points to the disproportionately high number of Nobel Prize winners, writers and painters who are left-handed. The left hemisphere of the brain generally handles language, but in left-handed people, this division is less pronounced.
Michael Peters, a neuropsychologist at the University of Guelph, points out that left-handed people have to get by in a world adapted to right-handers, something which can give them extra mental resilience.

Left handedness was considered a physical short comming up until the early 1920s, teachers would try to 'correct' this problem at an early age. Because of this, most people did not admit to left handedness and struggled all their lives attempting to hide it.
Supposedly,this is why both Reagan and Truman were 'left-handed dominant' ambidextrous.
John Kennedy said he was right handed, but on many occations was observed using both hands equally and effectively. Here on my blog I will give him the credit of being ambidextous because his abilities spoke louder than his modesty.

This attitude led to only seven presidents admitting their left handedness, today we find that it is MORE common in the President of the United States than one would think.
In the last eighty years there have been 8 out of 14 presidents that are documented as left handed or ambidextrous(which is 10 times more rare than being left handed).

Herbert Hoover- L
Franklin Roosevelt-R
Harry Truman-L
John Kennedy-A
Lyndon Johnson-R
Richard Nixon-R
Jerald Ford-L
Jimmy Carter-R
Ronald Reagan-A
Bill Clinton-L
Barack Obama-L

 It was said about President James Garfield that he could simultaneously write Latin with his right hand and Greek with his left.
This is more than ambidextrous, this is a fantastic feat!
John Kennedy had been photographed signing papers at his desk with both his right and left hands(to speed things along) and it is said that the two signatures were virually indistinguishable from one another.

I am a lefty and am proud of it.

I can write forward with one hand(right) and backward with the other(left), at the same time, but I just consider it a parlor trick.
I play guitar right handed(Daddy said I could learn on his,but could not restring it.
 I just never bothered to flip it over)
I play gamer controls right handed, and I'm good at it.
(most left handed people are forced to do this)
When I play golf I drive right handed, but putt left handed.
The only thing I do ambidextrously is play the harmonica.
(and fondle boobs,hehe)

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