There are about 700 million left-handed people on the planet, and the uniqueness of their “condition” extends not just to biology, but to gender, technology, and even the law. The lives of lefties are generally the same as the right-handed counterparts that outnumber them, but below you can see that left-handedness has all sorts of weird impacts on people’s lives and could shave up to nine years off the lives of those it affects!
The root word for “left” was an Anglo Saxon word “lyft”, meaning “weak or broken.”
Left-handed people may live 9 years less than their right-handed counterparts.
August 13th is officially “Left-Handers Day.”
Mark it on your calendars.
Studies show that left-handed people are more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, dyslexia, and alcoholism.
If a woman over 40 gets pregnant, the baby is 130% more likely to be left-handed compared to a mother in her twenties.
Something to consider if you ever meet a left-handed baby.
Being left-handed used to be seen as a sign of rebellion and a criminal trait.
Keep your eye on those lefties!
Men are more likely to be left-handed than women.
Some cultures consider left-handed people outcasts.
In some cultures, the left hand is unclean because it is used to wipe after going to the bathroom.
I can’t imagine not having toilet paper.
In some cultures, school children are punished if they use their left hand.
Osama Bin Laden was left-handed.
And so was Jack the Ripper.
More famously, Alexander the Great, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklink were all left-handed.
LRRTM1 is a gene that has been found to play a role in determining if someone is left-handed or right-handed.
Left-handers are believed to make up 10% of the human population.
That percentage seems to hold true regardless of ethnicity or geography.
There are even some scholarships for left-handed people who perform well academically.
Yes, this is a real thing!
When it comes to using the other hand, lefties have an easier time learning than righties!
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