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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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