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Famous left handed people

Updated on March 8, 2017

This hub is dedicated to a special minority: left handed people. Making up only 10-12% of the human population, life must be a challenge for these folks.

Here are some interesting facts about left handed people:


  • Make up roughly 12% of the population
  • More likely to have allergies
  • More prone to migraines
  • More likely to be insomniacs
  • Use the right side of the brain the most
  • Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
  • More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
  • Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
  • More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
  • Twice as likely to be a man
  • Better at 3D perception and thinking
  • Better at multi-tasking
  • 39% more likely to be homosexual

Interesting Trivia

  • Left handed pens are a thing
  • Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
  • Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th – International Left Handers Day
  • Draw figures facing to the right
  • Recover from strokes faster
  • More likely to pursue creative careers
  • Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
  • Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
  • On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.

Bizarre Statistics

  • Some people are scared of left-handedness: Sinistrophobia
  • Adjust to seeing underwater quicker
  • Less able to roll their tongue than a righty
  • Nails grow faster on the left hand than the right


Other random factoids

  • Mothers who give birth over the age of 40 are 128 percent more likely to have a child with left-handedness than a woman who has a baby in her 20s.
  • Lefties have been traced back to the caveman days. Archaeologists believe that some cave paintings were created by a left- handed artist.
  • Throughout history, being left-handed was seen as various things, like: a bad habit, rebellion, criminality, the mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, or even a trait marking creativity and musical ability.
  • Left-handedness runs in the family, the British royal family namely. The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are or were all lefties.
  • Lefties are more likely to loathe spiral notebooks.
  • It’s not sure what makes a person become a lefty. Some scientists say it could be more testosterone in utero; others say it could be the hand babies prefer to have in their mouths.
  • Among Eskimos, every lefty is a potential sorcerer.
  • Some researchers believe lefties are better at handling stimuli, which means they’re naturally better at video games.
  • Some scholars say lefties are the last unorganized minority in society because they don’t have a collective power or real sense of common identity.
  • In Scotland, if a person is a unlucky it is said he or she was “baptized by a left-handed priest.”
  • Lefties tend to be more susceptible to negative emotions like depression and anger because they engage in the right side of their brains more aggressively.
  • There are many artistic representations that show Satan as being left-handed.

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  • More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year around the world from using equipment meant for right-handed people.


A few famous lefties

Jessica Alba - American actress

Buzz Aldrin - American astronaut

Neil Armstrong - American astronaut

Aristotle - Greek philosopher and scientist

Fred Astaire - American actor/dancer

Dan Aykroyd - American actor

Babe Ruth - American baseball player

Yogi Berra - American baseball player

Beyonce - American singer

Justin Bieber - Canadian pop artist

Osama Bin Laden

Napoleon Bonaparte - French conqueror

The Boston Strangler

David Bowie - British musician

Pierce Brosnan - Irish actor

George Burns - American comedian

George H.W. Bush - 41st US President

James Caan - American actor

James Cameron - Canadian director

Glen Campbell - American singer

Jim Carrey - Canadian actor

Julius Caesar - Italian conqueror

Charlie Chaplin - British actor

Winston Churchill - British Prime Minister

Bill Clinton - 42nd US President

George Clooney - American actor

Kurt Cobain - American singer

Phil Collins - British musician

Ty Cobb - American baseball player

Tom Cruise - American actor

Marie Curie - Polish physicist and chemist

Leonardo Da Vinci - Italian artist

Robert De Niro - American actor

Celine Dion - Canadian singer

Bob Dylan - American musician

Albert Einstein - German scientist

Eminem - American singer

Will Ferrell - American actor/comedian

Tina Fey - American actress/comedian

W.C. Fields - American actor

Laurence Fishburne - American actor

Gerald Ford - 38th US President

Henry Ford, Jr. - American businessman

Morgan Freeman - American actor

Victor Garber - Canadian actor

James A. Garfield - 20th US President

Bill Gates - American businessman

Whoopi Goldberg - American actress

Cary Grant - American actor

Germaine Greer - Australian author

Glen Gould - American pianist

Mark Hamill - American actor

Woody Harrelson - American actor

Goldie Hawn - American actress

Jimi Hendrix - American musician

Herbert Hoover - 31st US President

Kate Hudson - American actress

Rock Hudson - American actor

Jack, The Ripper

Hugh Jackman - Australian actor

Jay Z - American rapper

Shoeless Joe Jackson - American baseball player

Steve Jobs - American entrepreneur

Scarlett Johansson - American actress

Angelina Jolie - American actress

Helen Keller - American advocate for the blind

Nicole Kidman - Australian actress

Ted Koppel - American jounalist

Lady Gaga - American singer

Jennifer Lawrence - American actor

Spike Lee - American director

Annie Lennox - British singer

Jay Leno - American talk show host/comedian

Marcel Marceau - French mime

Harpo Marx - American comedian

Paul McCartney - British pop artist

John McEnroe - American tennis player

Marshall McLuhan - Canadian author

Steve McQueen - American actor

George Michael - British singer

Michelangelo - Italian artist

James A. Michener - American author

Phil Mickelson - American golfer

Marilyn Monroe - American actor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Austrian composer

Rafael Nadal - Spanish tennis player

Martina Navratilova - Czech/American tennis player

Friedrich Nietzsche - Prussian philosopher

Barack Obama - 44th US President

Manny Pacquiao - Filipino boxer

Sarah Jessica Parker - American actress

Brad Pitt - American actor

Robert Plant - British singer

Elvis Presley - American singer

Prince Charles

Prince Williams

Richard Pryor - American actor/comedian

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Victoria - British queen

Ramses II - Egyptian pharaoh

Ronald Reagan - 40th US President

Robert Redford - American actor

Keanu Reeves - American actor

Rembrandt - Dutch artist

John D. Rockefeller - American businessman

Julia Roberts - American actress

Seth Rogan - Canadian actor

Mickey Rourke - American actor

J.K. Rowling - British author

Jerry Seinfeld - American actor/comedian

Tupac Shakur - American rapper

Richard Simmons - American exercise guru

Carly Simon - American singer

Paul Simon - American singer

Sylvester Stallone - American actor

Ringo Starr - British musician

Jon Stewart - American comedian

Sting - British singer

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - French artist

Harry S. Truman - 33rd US President

Mark Twain - American author

Peter Ustinov - British actor

Dick Van Dyke - American actor

Vincent van Gogh - Dutch artist

H.G. Wells - American author

Bruce Willis - American actor

Oprah Winfrey - American talk show host, actor

Anna Wintour - British-American fashion journalist and editor


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