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23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

Are you a left-handed person or maybe someone you know is?  Either way we believe knowledge is power. One really interesting fact was stated by a scientist, who believed that left-handed people tended to be more independent as a result of having to adapt to a world which is largely built for right-handed individuals.  Here are a few more fascinating pieces of trivia related to being a left-handed person.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

1. Left-handed people make up between 5-10% of the population.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

2. They are three times more likely to become alcoholics.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

3. They use the right side of the brain the most.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

4. They tend to reach puberty 4-5 months later than normal.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

5. They make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, and boxers. Almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

6. Of the 7 most recent US presidents, 8 have been left-handed. They are James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

7. Left-handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right-handed graduates.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

8. At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, criminality, and homosexuality. It has also been seen as a trait indicating creativity and musical abilities.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

9. The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, >which means weak or broken.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

10. Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

11. Although approximately 90% of all humans are right-handed, cats, rats, and mice seem to be equally split between right and left pawedness.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

12. Studies have suggested that left-handers are more talented in spatial awareness, math, and architecture. Right-handers tend to be more talented verbally.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

13. One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

14. About 30 million people in the United States are left-handed.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

15. Research suggests that left-handers are slightly more prone to allergies and asthma than right-handers.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

16. Studies have shown that if a left-hander injures his dominant hand, he has an easier time learning to use the other hand than his right-handed counterparts.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

17. The longest words that can be typed using only the left hand with conventional hand placement are ‘sweater dresses’ and ‘tesserae decades’.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

18. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British Royal Family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

19. Left-handers are more likely to suffer from insomnia.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

20. There is a day to celebrate being left-handed. It’s August 13th and known as International Left-Handers Day.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

21. The Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden, and Jack The Ripper were all left-handed.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

22. People who are left-handed are able to adjust to seeing underwater better than right-handed people. This gives them an epic advantage when playing Marco Polo.

23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About

23. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease conducted a study where they found that left-handers process emotions differently, and in turn they tend to get a little more angry faster than their right-handed peers. John McEnroe is left-handed and we’ve seen him very angry plenty of times.

How many of these interesting leftie facts did you know? I will be honest, I didn’t know most of them. I really had no idea that there were certain character traits that are more common in left-handers than right-handers. Now let us know which one is your dominate hand.

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