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Interesting Facts About Left-Handed People

Updated on December 7, 2020
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Barack Obama - The Left Handed President
Barack Obama - The Left Handed President

Things You Might Not Know About Left Handed People

Are you left-handed? Or do you know anyone who is left-handed? If yes, then this is the page for you. Here you will read some amazing facts about left-handed people that you might or might not know already. Statistics have shown that this minority group is more likely to make a mark in whatever they do as compared to right-handed people. Did you know that around 20% of MENSA members are left-handed?

Living in a world that is primarily designed for right-handed people can be tough. I have seen such people mostly complain when they are driving or when they are using door handles which are developed keeping the right-handers in mind. 13th August is considered as International Left-Handers Day. That day is approaching soon and I found it befitting to create a hub dedicated to such people who are different from the lot and who have to adjust to the ways predefined by society.

Scientific American has stated that males are more likely to be left-handed as compared to females. I believe in this particular fact if not anything else because I have yet to see a left-handed woman in my life, though I have seen many left-handed males. Do you want to know more left-handed people statistics? Keep reading!

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Facts and Statistics About Left Handed People

  • In the past, left-handed children were forced to use their right hands. They had their left hands tied down to restrict their use. This practice is somewhat still common but has greatly reduced.
  • It is a misconception that left-handed people ONLY use their left hands to carry out their activities. Unlike most righties, left-handed people are able to use both their left hand and right hand for tasks.
  • Left-handed people who completed their studies and are graduates are more likely to be richer than their right-handed counterparts.
  • 20% of MENSA members are left-handed.
  • Left-handed people tend to be very successful in sports which involve one-to-one combat. For example, John McEnroe in tennis and Oscar De La Hoya in boxing.
  • Only 15% of the population are inclined to be left-handed, according to 'Scientific American'.
  • The bad side - left-handed people are more likely to be alcoholics, schizophrenics, dyslexics, and are more likely to suffer from mental instabilities as compared to right-handed people.
  • Left-handedness can be considered a hereditary trait. If one or both of the parents are left-handed, chances are that even the offspring might inherit it.
  • According to psychologists at Queen's University, male cats tend to be left-pawed whereas females are right-pawed.
  • Most lefties tend to absolutely abhor spiral notebooks!
  • Lefties are better at playing video games because they are able to handle large amounts of stimuli in a better manner.
  • When a woman gets older, greater is the chance of her delivering left-handed children.
  • Did you know 4 out of the 5 designers who originally created the Mac are left-handed?
  • Out of the previous 5 U.S presidents, 3 are left-handed -- Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Bush Sr.
  • Left-handed people reach puberty late as compared to right-handed people.
  • The average lifespan of a lefty is less than that of a right-handed person.

Famous Left-Handed Personalities

Actors -

Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, Greta Garbo, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilyn Monroe.

Artists -

Leonarda Da Vinci, Michelagenlo, Raphael

Musicians -

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney

Presidents -

Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George Bush, Harry Truman


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    • anatomynotes profile image

      Edmund Custers 

      7 years ago

      In the past, left handed children forced not to use their left hand -- I have heard this before. I also heard that in some parts of the world handing something to someone using your left hand is disrespectful. Interesting hub! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Cool article!! Feels wonderful being a rare breed. Lol. I'm lefty c: I only know a few people who are lefties like me but that's all.

    • divacratus profile imageAUTHOR

      Kalpana Iyer 

      8 years ago from India

      Yeah I write about the most random topics! I can't stick to any one genre - will bore me out of my wits. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Robert Erich 

      8 years ago from California

      I will certainly enjoy reading more and more of your articles. I am left handed (as is my mother) and yes - I totally hate spiral notebooks! Another fact (maybe why we die earlier) - about 2000 lefties die every year by trying to use a right handed tool... It's a bummer.

      I love your articles and their randomness - you will definitely inspire many more articles for myself.

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      8 years ago

      Im left handed and have barely hit puberty at the age 14 and a half. The worse part is Im a grade ahead so im the smallest/immature one in the class. o.o

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      Sparta cat 

      8 years ago

      I have like six friends that are lefties and altogether i know about 11 or 12 left handed people at the least. And out of those 6 friends, 2 are male 4 are girls, and 1 of both genders are actually my best friends!

      I simply adore lefties even though i'm a righty~

      I've actually trained myself to be able to write with my left, so i can understand how they hate spirals!

      Love the hub~

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 years ago from Western NC

      I'm left handed and my husband is, too. We are both the "youngest" in our families. We are creative people, too. Very interesting. :)

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      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      As a born LHP, converted, by ignorance and strange religeous placavities, into being RHP.

      Some of the strange things that come into ones life, There are no left handed fish knives, you try to eat fish at a formal diner!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      My best friend in childhood was a born lefty but forced to learn to write as a righty. The result being her handwriting was nearly illegible for the rest of her life. I shudder to think the effect this had on her brain.

      When my right arm was in a cast, I discovered I could write quite well (and legibly!) with my left hand, but backwards so that it had to be read while held up to a mirror.

      One daughter is a lefty, so I already knew why leftys hate spiral notebooks. (Which isn't in any way "funny", btw.) However, lefty spiral notebooks ARE available, but more easily found on lefty websites than in office supply and stationery stores.

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      Kalpana Iyer 

      9 years ago from India

      Glasvisage - MENSA is like this high IQ society :)You need to get a credible score in the MENSA IQ test in order to enter this society

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      9 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, that was a lot of facts about being left-handed. I like the one about male and female cats :) What is MENSA?

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      Paulette LaRocque 

      9 years ago from Dominica/Guyana

      Hi, I am a lefty too, thanks for the information. My son is too and we will both live very long.:-).

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      9 years ago from Port Harcourt

      Add that to play polo most left handed people have to learn to play with their right.Polo rules are based on right handed mallet swing.

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      9 years ago

      assuring facts.proudly lefty

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      It's easy to understand why left-handed people hate spiral notebooks. But they can even the playing field. Just turn to the last page in the notebook so the spiral is on the right and use only every other page writing from the back of the notebook to the front. Like a book written in Hebrew from the back to the front.

      Thanks for the interesting leftie information, divacratus.

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      9 years ago from Carlisle, PA

      Nice hub! My uncle was a lefty as a child until his 3rd grade teacher switched him to being a righty. It's a story we hear every Christmas! Thanks for the hub!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      My daughter is left-handed so I don't like the last fact. My husband and I are both right-handed and I read once that there was only a 2% chance of us having a left-handed child.

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      9 years ago

      Since I am left-handed, I am happy to be in the company of such great people.

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      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I did notice the president being left handed. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awsesome.” I'm now your fan! RJ

      Based upon this HUB, you might enjoy…

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      9 years ago

      Handedness and and memory, I'll bet there is a correlation?

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My son was left handed and when he first started school the teacher made him use his right hand to write with. He can use either hand but usually will use his right hand now for most things that he does. Interesting article.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      9 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. I was unaware of all this information on lefties! Thanks for sharing!


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