Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Left-Handed

Have you ever heard the phrase that God only made a few perfect people and the rest are all right-handed?

Great picture!  Don't think it would take off, but nice try!
People who are left-handed make up 5 to 15 percent of the population.  I am left-handed and very proud of it!  I'm the only one in my family to be left handed.  So, for today's post I decided to look up some funny "facts" about lefties!

* Left-handers are more likely to be geniuses - 20% of all MENSA members are reportedly left-handed.
* Two righties only have a 2% chance of having a left-handed child.
* Lefties are more likely to really, really hate spiral notebooks.  (That one is so true!  My hand presses on the metal rings as I write and it's painful!  I actually like writing on the back of piece of paper for this reason.)
* According to one study, lefties have an average lifespan that is nine years fewer than that of righties. (Darn.  I'm guessing that we probably die because of things designed for only right-handed people... like computer mouses?)
* In the late 1890's, left handed people got the nickname of south paw.
* August 13th is Left-Hander's Day - celebrate your right to be left-handed  (Cool!)

My favorite:  CREATIVITY
"It's a common belief that left handed people are more creative, but there is a reason why some lefties can be more creative. The right hemisphere of the brain is the dominant side with left handers. That part of the brain is associated with creative, non-linear thinking. So left handers are often considered to be genetically more creative."

More creative - yep, that's me. :)

Are you left handed or right handed?

22 comments:

  1. I'm right handed through and through- I come from a long line of right handers. There is creativity in our family, however, so some of them may have been ambidextrous! ;)

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    1. I actually tried to be ambidextrous when I was a kid so I wouldn't always have to be left handed, but I gave up. That would be pretty neat!

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  2. I've always wanted to be left-handed, but alas, I am just like 85% of the world
    I've never thought about computer mouses and how difficult they might be for lefties!

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    1. That's not a bad thing. :) The first time I used a computer mouse in elementary school I tried to move it to the other side of the computer and use it. Didn't work. And it looked funny. It was a new thing to have to use my right hand for that.

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  3. It's surprising how few people are left handed as I know quite a few! I, being right handed, love spiral notebooks! I love writing on a new page! I can't imagine hating it!!x

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    1. I agree, I do know quite a few left-handers! I actually have a spiral notebook that has the spirals on the top and I like it much better. :)

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  4. I am right-handed and so is my husband, but two of our three children are left-handed! So, we must be special! And, sure enough, the two who are lefties are more "creative" than my right-hander.

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    1. That's neat, Sheila! You must be special to have some great lefties as kids! :)

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  5. Lefty here, wouldn't have it any other way, but it ain't easy!

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    1. It ain't easy, but I wouldn't change it either!

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  6. I'm a right, but my mom's a lefty. I love these fun facts. I'll have to share them with her.

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  7. Wow! Now I sort of wish I was a leftie. But alas, I am not. Phooey. One of my nephews we aren't quite sure if he will be a leftie. He trades back and forth a lot. We'll see.

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    1. My little brother, I used to try to put his spoon in his left hand so he'd be like me. But being right or left handed isn't something that easy to change. :)

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  8. That is SO COOL. One of my dear friends has four kids, and three of them are left-handed (but my friend and her husband are both right-handed!). I'm right-handed and so are my kids.

    I remember when years ago, I wrote a fanfiction wherein I made one of the characters left-handed, to kind of give her my own twist on her character...and then about a year later, the writers of those books actually MADE that character left-handed. I was like 'out of ALL the characters in their universe, they make this minor character left-handed??' And I was really, really amused.

    (Also, even more random: I realized after writing Rising that Mairwyn is very likely left-handed, because of the direction of the scar she gave someone and the way she would have had to hold the knife to get it that way. I was like...'wait, a right-handed person would swing it THIS way, not that way.' So. Yes.)

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    1. Thanks Laura! And that's cool about your friend having three lefties! :)

      That would be really really amusing! I like to check characters in my favorite shows sometimes and observe which hand they use, just because I'm curious. :)

      Mairwyn is left-handed = Awesomeness!! I definitely approve of that. :)

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  9. Right handed, but I use my left hand as much as my right one, just not for writing. My son shares this trait. Now, I'm wondering why lefties have a lower life span. I think I'm gonna Google that.

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  10. Ha! This is awesome. My brother is a lefty. My son does a little of both. Its pretty cool. :)

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  11. Proud lefty:) Actually my brother and I are both lefties and neither of our parents our. Crazy stuff right there haha.

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  12. On my Thursday Thirteen a while back, I found and posted a fact about so many left-handed people dying a year trying to use products made for right-handed peeps. Don't know how true that is.

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  13. I'm left-handed, and very very proud of it :-)

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