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Where To Buy Left Handed Gadgets and Gifts - Facts About Being Left Handed

Updated on August 28, 2013
Left Handed Products & Awesome Left Handed Facts
Left Handed Products & Awesome Left Handed Facts

Left Handed Facts

So you are left handed too? Great. Join the club.

You know, there are not many of us in this world. We only make up 10% of the world's population. With the majority being male, a female left handed person is truly a minority.

Despite our minority we proudly rub shoulders with some of the more famous people in the world.

Be proud to be a member of the left handed club. It is free. It is a special club. Shhh don't tell anyone.

What makes a person left handed?

Let's not delve into why or what makes a person left handed. Even scientists are still trying to lock down a definitive reason.

There are many theories, beliefs and anecdotes floating around.

Some say it is genetic - there is definitely a genetic basis to handedness but not a single gene. Some say it is a 'learnt behaviour'.

What ever the reason, what ever the cause we are here now and we are living in a right handed world. That means that almost everything produced, every gadget, every writing implement, every musical instrument, every cup, every doorknob is all designed for a right handed person. That can often leave us leftys looking a little awkward, if not feeling awkward.

Let's discover what some clever people have developed to ensure left handed people are more comfortable in this right handed world.

Celebrate left handed day on August 13th each and every year

Did you know, back in the days, left handed people were assumed to have associated with the devil. Children were even forced to be 're-educated' to fix their so-called problem.

Today the stigma has all but vanished but the riddle remains.

Left Handed Products Invented

So what has been invented, so to speak, to aid the left handed person.

Right handed people claim left handed people are clumsy and look clumsy when doing the simplest of tasks. This is untrue. It is only because we are using gadgets that are made back to front.

Let's look at the way things are meant to be.

Well there are the left handed scissors. Very popular for children, pet groomers and the crafty people amongst us (since we are a creative lot!).

There are even left handed watches. No one wants a right handed watch with a knob that sticks into your wrist.

Have you heard about the left handed utensils for babies and toddlers?

Are you a green thumb? Make sure you have left handed garden shears.

Do you like to get under the hood of a car? There are left handed tools and even a lovely, somewhat NOT funny, left hand driver car window sticker! Yes, alert the world you are coming.

Whilst we are on the conversation of stickers, do you have a left handed sticker for your laptop? Or a left handed mouse?

Are you clever in the kitchen? Get yourself a world of left handed utensils. Left handed can opener, left handed measuring jug, left handed knives.

You can even buy baby dolls that suck their left thumb. Left handed t-shirts and left handed mugs.

Those sporty amongst us will appreciate the left handed gold clubs - for men, women and little tikes. And since we are a creative lot there has to be a number of musicians amongst us who would live to strum out a good tune on a guitar. Make sure it's a left handed one. Or play a lovely classical number on a violin. Again left handed all the way.

Famous Left Handed People

Did you know that there are some famous people who are members of our elite club?

  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Joan of Arc
  • Alexander the Great
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Bill Clinton
  • Barak Obama
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Tom Cruise
  • Paul McCartney
  • Ringo Starr
  • Michelangelo
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Robert DeNiro
  • And... you are
  • am I

Try giving your right handed friends something from your special left handed range and see how funny they think it is then when they cannot cut a straight line, cannot left click on a mouse, cannot open the can of beans. Who's laughing now?

Debatable Left Handed Facts

Does left handedness run in the family?

In many cases if you are left handed, so too may be your siblings and your parents. This then strongly suggests a genetic trait. In some instances only one child is left handed, and no others can be seen no matter how far or wide one searches.

Are left handed people smarter?

The human brain works in miraculous ways. The right hand side of the brain controls the left hand side of the body and vice versa. Left handed people are therefore said to utilise the right hand side of the brain in a more dominant manner.

The right hand side of the brain is responsible for the creative aspects of one's talent. Art, Music, Insight, Intuition.

Do left handed people live longer?

Research undertaken claims that a right handed person actually lives longer than a left handed person. On average 9 years to be exact. Other studies claim the opposite. How one even studies this in a controlled environment is debatable.

Are left handed people more independent?

Left handed people live in a right handed world. That is a fact. The world is built with right handed gadgets and with right handed people in mind therefore left handed people have had to adapt to this world and therefore have a tendency to be more independent.

Fun Facts

Left handed people tend to chew food on the left side of their mouths

Left Handed Writing

It is a fact that some left handed people hold their pen in a more perculiar way and are often stated to write backwards.

  • Do you tilt your page on an angle so you don't smudge your work?

Some suggest that left handed people need to be taught how to write 'properly'. There are pens, writing guides and writing implements out there that are designed to help left handed people write 'properly'. Personally I have not had to use any left-handed writing essentials. I do turn my paper on its side. I do tick backwards. However I write straight, my hand is straight and not inwardly turned. Everyone is different. If it works for you then stick to it. There is no right or wrong way really, is there?

Left Handed Facts and Left Handed Products
Left Handed Facts and Left Handed Products

Fun Left Handed Facts

On a regular keyword, a QWERTY keyboard, some clever person (most likely a left handed person) realised that there almost 1500 english words typed solely with the left hand and only 187 with the right.

We are left handed people living in a right handed world. We are special. Just remember, membership to our club is free. Join the left handed club today.

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      Myra Robinson 

      5 years ago

      I am left-handed and find that there is only one plug in the house I can use to do my ironing, unfortunately this is the darkest part of the room.

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      Bryony Harrison 

      8 years ago from UK

      I'm a leftie. I've mostly adapted to using right-handed tools such as a mouse, but when it comes to scissors and can-openers, I need a left-handed version. As a child, it was a double struggle, because I am also dyspraxic, so I already had difficulty with co-ordination.

      I have poor handwriting because of my dyspraxia, but once when I was at school, someone had the nerve to tell me that I was writing with the wrong hand, and that's why my writing was so rubbish.

      No one else in my family is left handed, although my grandpa is ambidextrous.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      People used to think I was a lefty as I wore my watch on the right hand. I never thought about the little knob being an issue.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      8 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      UP THE LEFTIES!!!! Great hub, as a left hander or "citoig" as we are called in Ireland, it is amazing how many things are just that little more awkward. I remember 20+ yrs ago in New Zealand being asked when opening a bank account, was I left or right handed? Odd I thought, but They actually had a left handed cheque book available!! Happy Days! A frustrating thing I found in college was we sat in chairs with a liitle desk attached on the right side.I had to sit by an empty chair or have one in front of me . . .for a year!! Well done, fab hub!! voted up, awesome, useful . . .

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      C E Clark 

      8 years ago from North Texas

      Again we have different information. I did delve into the science behind left handedness and the IQ tests, etc., and of course everything that isn't caused by disease or accident is genetic. Enjoyed this hub, very interesting with lots of fun information!

      Hope my readers will come and read your hub also! Voting you UP and interesting!

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      8 years ago

      nice job here on the lefty world...I do not have a laptop sticker but I do have a desk ornament...I do not tilt my pen when I write but I did hate the notebooks with the spiral on the left...cheers

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      8 years ago from Australia

      You made me laugh. From one lefty to another, happy to know you :)

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      Leni Sands 

      8 years ago from UK

      Great hub, I am also a lefty - the only lefty in my family, the only one who went to uni, can't knit, can't crochet even though my mum tried so many times to teach me both and yes when I first went to school the teachers used to rap my knuckles with a rule to make me write with my right hand - can now write with both if I should ever need to, might be useful if I want to write two hubs at once (like you appear to have done - so many hubs in such a short time) or take the 30 hubs 30 days challenge or whatever.

      Learning to drive was fun as well I kept reaching for the gearstick down the wrong side but I did eventually get the hang of it and pass my driving test. I always wanted to learn the guitar but could never find a left handed one (even though I knew they were out there) then I could find a teacher patient enough to teach me so I gave up on that idea and stuck to singing.

      My granny always said I was cack-handed and said I was a creative little mite - so perhaps she was right!

      It is interesting to see so many left-handed gadgets about I will have to do a search for them here in the UK as I find right handed garden shears to be a right pain to use (lol) - all this left and right is confusing me now I will have to go and have another cuppa.

      Thanks for writing the hub - voted up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      thank you @jainismus :)

    • WorkAtHomeMums profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      WOW Mark that would have been a challenge. thankyou for sharing such an interesting story...

      and yes, having to use your right eye ..never thought of that too...

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      8 years ago from Pune, India

      It is an interesting and useful Hub for left handed people. Thank you for sharing the information, voted up.

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub and nice to meet another Lefty, yes I am too and although not much has been discovered over the years that can pinpoint our psychological and behavioural differences with our opposite friends, the Righty LOL.

      This is funny but there are facts leading to the lefty as being more naturally a creative minded personality, although we have to train ourselves to be like the righty, LOL most of the time, but the left hand trait is the most dominant and natural way for us.

      Difficult for some operations and uses as for instance when I was with the military I would naturally want to put the riffle in my left shoulder, but that is not allowed to happen.

      Two reasons really, the main reason is because of the design of the weapon and when firing, the empty cases are ejected from the right side of the weapon. Which is not so cool for the lefty as he/she would have red hot brass cases being ejected into the side of their face in rapid succession, ouch!

      I know I learned the hard way LOL, so I had to train myself to use the weapon as a righty, which was difficult as it feels all screwed up, using a different eye that is not the dominant one to focus on the target etc.

      But yes it is true there are not many of us lefty, excuse the punt!

      Voted Up and welcome to Hubpages, TC.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      And a wonderful challenge that is. I highly recommend it to anyone to follow along and read. You will be inspired!

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      8 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I have a left handed son. Mostly right now we are managing, but they did give him right handed scissors at school!! So went on a hunt for left handed scissors for him. And it's the whole reason I started my Letter Writing Challenge.

    • WorkAtHomeMums profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      We are all mixtures aren't we. My sibling and I are left handed.. My parents are right handed and my children are right handed. I wonder what causes the balancing dominance. Another topic maybe? Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I do most things on my left - write, kick, tennis however with other sports like golf and cricket (although I cannot play to save myself) I am right handed...maybe that is why i am no good. :)

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      Susannah Birch 

      8 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      I write with my right hand, but I use my left arm/hand/foot for most of my balancing and holding activities.

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      8 years ago

      I am a right handed person, but I did a brain dominance course once and was advised that I possibly could have been left handed - I am extremely upper right brain and highly lower right brain dominant. I can write left handed but its not very neat.

      Very interesting as I do tend to do things with my left hand, lead with left foot etc.

      My Mum is left handed.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Thank you. :)

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      8 years ago

      Great hub. I am a right handed person, but I found this hub full of interesting info. Thanks for sharing and welcome to Hub Pages.


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