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Updated on November 4, 2017

Does Being Left-Handed Lead to Success?

Greetings: This article comes to you from the desk of a left-handed author, sitting in a left-handed house, using a left-handed mouse

Gone are the days when nuns in black habits told little left-handed girls sad stories of white prom dresses ruined with tomato soup. I was in nursery school when I heard the story of the handsome right-handed boy who bumped his left-handed date's elbow while they were eating at the prom. Even at five years old, I wondered why tomato soup would be served at a prom, which, in a four-year old's mind is as elegant as Cinderella's ball. But Sister Mary Someone told me, so it had to true. Fortunately those same nuns eventually embraced my left-handedness when it became obvious to them that no force on the planet, no story however tragic, could rip that amply-sized first-grade pencil out of my first-grade dominant left hand. I'm grateful they that they were benevolent Italian nuns - and wise! They knew how to teach a little left-hander and guided me to turn my paper the opposite way of the other first graders. So I printed my name with in perfect Zaner-Bloser style in my little Zaner-Bloser writing book, not appearing a great deal different than my peers!

I've loved being left-handed which might be an odd thing to say. However, there's a sense of belonging to a group. They're my hood - my peeps. Though we have never met, I know we share similar experiences. When I spy them out and about, I recognize mine and mine sometimes recognize me. But many whom I meet are like left-handed Pochos who seem to have forgotten or rejected their "heritage" to some degree. Most often, when I say, "Oh, I see you're left-handed," they'll smile - politely, of course - but seem to want to tell me of all the things they do with their right hand! If the difficulties below (as some may call them) and humorous aspects of your handedness listed fit you, I say, "Deny your culture no longer! Embrace your handedness and come join our merry band!" (I mean "Come roll with our crew, Dawg".)

  • The clothes on your side of the closet face the opposite way of your spouse's or roommate's.

    This is merely indication, unscientific as it may be, that you are indeed one of us! This tendency can actually be a great benefit if you're the one doing the laundry. I put my husband's clean shirts in the closet with the buttons facing right. After he wears them, he hangs them up with the buttons facing left. We always know which shirts have been freshly washed and which might need to walk themselves over to the hamper.

  • You're convinced you're ambidextrous!

    True ambidexterity is a rare occurrence. Since one out of 100 people is estimated to be ambidextrous (1%), and since left-handers comprise a larger percent of the population (10-15%), Las Vegas would be putting money on the chances that you, as an amazing left-hander, have simply accommodated to the right-handed world! I throw a ball right handed, eat right-handed, and I even sign in American Sign Language with my right hand. As left-handers we are accustomed to doing tasks that way because we were taught that way. But it's not too late, left-handers. Why not try a task you now accommodatingly do with you right-hand , and try doing that task with your dominant left hand instead. Who knows? You might become the next John McEnroe or Monica Seles!

Left Handed Corkscrew

  • Wine bottles tend to turn into wrestling partners as you turn the corkscrew with your left-hand against the natural torque of that hand. I realized recently that when opening a bottle of White Zin or Merlot with a right-handed corkscrew, I tend to turn my back to whomever is in the kitchen to avoid hearing their impatient "here-I'll open-that-for-you" comment. But, Ha! I'm going to buy myself one of those niffy left-handed corkscrews and wait to open a bottle when everyone is standing in the kitchen. But I'm not going to tell them that the corkscrew is left-handed! I'm just going to leave it on the counter and wait to see what happens when they try to open the next bottle of wine.

  • You tend to prefer to buy mugs with cute-sayings or pictures at the 99 cent store. Why? If you think about it, many items are at the 99 cent store because something is mean different about them. The mugs sold there, invariably have the saying or picture printed on the opposite side as the mugs at Macy's! When a left-hander holds one of these "misfit" mugs from the 99 cent store in his left-hand, the picture faces the outside as it was meant to. I suspect these mugs have been purposely printed by left-handed mug-makers who are exercising some degree power in their right-handed world, however covertly.

It's a Right-Handed World

  • The barrettes in your hair end up upside down. I first discovered this months after I had bought a delightful barrette with embroidered Guatemalan worry dolls. The poor dolls not only had to try to rein-in my errant hair, but they had to do it upside down!

  • The objects in your kitchen keep traveling around. My father used to say, "A place for everything and everything in it's place." Not in our house! The salt and pepper shakers, along with the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are like fugitives on the run. My right-handed husband puts them on one side of the cupboard, and I put them back on the opposite side. I don't know what it means, though, when we find the cinnamon in the refrigerator.

  • You approach hugging another person like a boxer, weaving this way and that. I don't even know any more if I hug right handed or left handed. Either I trained the people in my family to hug me left handed or they trained me to hug right handed. At least they still hug me.

  • You have a "cute" nickname like my little klutz or dopis (as my father, quite unwittingly and lovingly called me). Hopefully you've been a good sport about it. Of course, you have been, you're accommodatingly left-handed!

  • You're a good baseball pitcher or a good first baseman. Left-handed players are prized in baseball.... Hitters have a hard time getting used to looking at a pitch coming from a left-hander, and the left-handed first baseman's glove is on his right hand and that means he is closer to the fielders when a ball is thrown. Playing left-handed also causes your opponent to exert half of his mental energy trying to figure out which way whatever you're throwing is going to land

  • You got a catcher's mitt for Christmas and couldn't understand how to use it. It took me years before I stopped trying to throw the ball with my catcher's-mitted left hand! Just buy a catcher's mitt for your right hand and you'll be throwing that ball just fine.

  • You want to swear at a jar of pickles or olives - again it's the torque thing that's holding you back. This is one time I suggest using your right hand to open that jar. There's no hope in convincing the vacuum-packing, hermetical-sealing industry to create left-handed jars and medicine bottles just for us.

  • Your back aches after working at the computer all day long with a mouse set for the right-hand. It's easy to change, takes a bit of a learning curve to use, but it's hilarious when others use your computer!

  • You happen to be as famous as Oprah, President Obama, former Presidents, Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. (I was so hoping Cruise-Kidman marriage would have worked out just for the fun of seeing how a gazillion-dollar, totally left-handed celebrity house would look.)

  • You have dreams of building a Disney-like Amusement Park called Lefty-Land where the teacups spin "backwards" and left-handers only work there. The park would feature left-handed musicians, left-handed comics, and left-handed Princesses and Heroes named Zzub Yearlight, Niddala, or Abmis. And there would be a video booth where all right-handers could fumble around with left-handed barrettes and corkscrews. They could buy the CD and take it home for more laughs or send it to American Funniest Home Videos. Of course, we'll need lots of money to develop Lefty-Land,so we'll just call our most famous sister in handedness. Oprah, can you hear us ?

So, write your own left-handed experiences in the comments below and we'll continue we'll stand together in handed-ness and sing a rap like the left-handers below. Ecaep and nuf to you.

Favorite Links

Anything Left-Handed - UK company with left-handed products and comprehensive information
Being Left-Handed - Wonderful Website with a myriad of topics and videos
Leftys of San Francisco - Online store that also has a retail shop on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Fun products including T-shirts, children's mugs, and school supplies.

Note On Video:

The video below is not meant as a commercial endorsement. It was the result of a contest by one of the few left-handed stores in the country. It is included here because of it's information and humor. For full disclosure, I do have a product for sale at this company, but that product is not exclusively sold there and is ubiquitous throughout the internet. I am not an employee nor do I have any other affiliation with this company. I include it here for your enjoyment only.

Left-Handers Rap from Lefty's, the Left-Handed Store

Famous Left-Handers

American Female Celebrities
American Male Celebrities
Miscellaneous- Politics, Music, Sports,
Oprah Winfrey
Jay Leno
Albert Einstein
Caroline Kennedy
Tim Allen
Albert Schweitzer
Natalie Cole
Steve McQueen
Pres.Ford, Reagan.GHW Bush, Clinton, Obama
Cloris Leachman
Christian Slater
Carly Simon
Mathew Broderick
Jimi Hendrix
Shirley MacLaine
Bruce Willis
Paul McCartney
Whoopi Goldberg
Cary Grant
Julia Roberts
Jerry Seinfeld
Diane Keaton
Keanu Reeves
Babe Ruth
Nicole Kidman
W.C. Fields
Lou Gehrig
Judy Garland
Harpo Marx
Goldie Hawn
Ryan O'Neil
Benjamin Franklin
Betty Grable
Jim Hensen
Thomas Jefferson
List obtained from Left-Handed Universe and Handedness and Lateralization Research by M.K. Holder, Ph.D. Indiana University

About You, the Reader

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I always thought I was ambidextrous, but after this article, I'm wondering.

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      Billie Kelpin 24 months ago from Newport Beach

      Mike, so sorry I JUST noticed this! I appreciate your comment and wish that I can use it on my newly emerging website. I'll contact you for permission. Did you mean that "about ten years ago, you gave up playing RIGHT handed and switched to LEFT handed. And do you mean today your left-handed technical ability is far beyond what you achieved as right-handed. My suspicion that going with one's dominant hand results in achieving greater potential than using one's non-dominant hand is the reason I wrote my children's book. I hope to contact you soon regarding clarification. Thanks so much.

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      Mike 2 years ago

      I played guitar 'right-handed' for twenty five years (which involves using the LEFT hand on the guitar neck!), and got to a pretty good standard. I never understood why though I struggled compared to students of mine; things I would teach them they could play with more fluidty than me after a short time... YEARS later I still struggled! Eventually through sheer bloody mindedness I persevered though.

      Anyway, about ten years ago I pretty much gave up as my left hand lost its usage (through tension and overuse?).

      However, a couple of years ago I switched to playing LEFT handed (which means the RIGHT hand is on the guitar neck).

      Today I have a technical ability far beyond what I ever achieved playing the other way!

      Talking to my sister about this recently, she recalled that, as a child, I drew etc with both hands, and nonone was sure which 'handedness' I was; apparently when I started school I was 'encouraged' to be right handed! That explains why I was always criticised for my handwriting!

      Maybe this explains the guitar problems I had?

      The strange thing was, after practicing guitar (left handed) for an extended period soon after switching, the oddest thing occured to me....

      I felt this odd 'snapping' sensation in my brain where the entire world switched orientation... I was unable to know which hand to pick things up with, write etc, and everything literally felt like it was viewed in a mirror! This sensation subsided after about a day, but boy did it feel strange!

      Anyway, apologies for the long post! :)

      This odd feeling subsided after

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      Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

      Very interesting, MizB. Aw, a slap on the ear. Did you see my article on switching your mouse to left-handed? No matter what hand a person uses, the switch can avoid back pain. Thanks for the vote up! Much appreciated :)

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      Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

      Thanks so much for the ++++. Love the tangled comb in the hair :) Having four sons might be where all that clever humor comes from :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is great! Thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted gem on Lefties! Wouldn't everyone love to be ambidextrous? I am so dominantly right handed, I'm not even able to perform the simplest task with my left. Tried to comb my hair with my left & got the comb all tangled in my hair.......brush my teeth with my left? I nearly poked a hole in my cheek...

      Two right-handed sons, one ambidextrous and my eldest is a south paw who plays golf right-handed....go figure. It's all so interesting and certainly a topic for animated discussion....

      Great work Billie....can't wait to read more...UP+++shared& tweeted.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Billie, just a few musings from my left-handed family: My grandfather was a school teacher and when he saw my mother writing left-handed, he made her switch to her right hand. She was able to develop a nice penmanship with her right hand, though.

      My ex-husband is left-handed, and whenever we ate somewhere that we had to sit side by side, we always made sure that his left hand and my right hand were on the outside, even if it broke “proper” etiquette. That way we didn’t beat each other to death at the dinner table.

      Our oldest son is left-handed. He fussed about the right-handed desks in school, and I told him to request a left-handed desk because I remembered that our classrooms always had at least two per room. He did and they accommodated him. He was delirious the day I bought him some left-handed scissors. He thinks left-handers are smarter than right-handers because his brother is right-handed.

      I envied the beautiful backhand that two of my left-handed friends wrote, and I tried to copy them. All it did was get me a slap on the ear from my penmanship teacher.

      Anyway, there are a lot of things that I do with my left hand, including learning to write with it, but I wouldn’t call myself ambidextrous. I just can’t learn to use my mouse with my left hand. I need to learn because I could switch and hopefully stop getting “mouse elbow” in my right arm.

      Anyway, great hub, and there is no way I can be prejudiced against left-handed people. Voted up and funny.

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      Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

      Akriti Mattu,

      Thank you for your comment :)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Informative post.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I am married to the man who at one time was the only left handed student in the Chicago diocese. ( Early 60's.)

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      Billie Kelpin 3 years ago from Newport Beach

      Truly! Whoo Hoo!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      there are many celebrities who left handed and they are still popular.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Way too funny and I could relate to them all. I love being left-handed, but I don't think I did in elementary school...all the desks were for right-handers. :)

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Kim, thank you soo much! I couldn't see my comments for a long time on hubpages. Hope you get this even 3 months later!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      This is so cute and charming! Two out of my four children are left-handed and they have such a sense of humour about it! I could see all their oops moments when reading your hub. Thanks for the chuckle.


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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Heather, I hope your children enjoy the ebook. I would love to hear their response. I really could use a sentence or two review on Amazon for the Kindle version. The Kindle version is the same except for the narration. We're working on an app. I see you're in the OC. We're selling our condo in Laguna Hills and moving back to our RV at the Dunes next month. See you on the PCH :)

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      Heathercowdell 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is such a witty article. All three of my children are leftys, while my husband and I are both right-handed. I discovered that Lefty store at Pier 39 a few years ago and I bought scissors and notebooks. I just downloaded your Lucky book and I can't wait to read it with them.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Well, it gives me more options, like using the closest hand to an object I want to use :)

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Patty, thanks so much. Love the "jars" thing. I kinda stand on my head to open a jar sometimes and often, just go right handed. I can only bat right-handed because I first learned it that way and have done it for so many years right handed. You might be among that rare truly ambidextrous population which makes you quite special!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I'm ambidextrous, although my first grade teacher tried to train it out of me, as it it were evil - an almost succeeded. Jars only open when I use my left hand but I can bat (softball) either left or right; print; and cut paper and cloth; and do many other things with either hand. I wish I could put the computer mouse in between my two hands, so I probably need a raised platform above the keyboard for that. Great Hub.

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Crystal. Thanks so much. Here's to us rebels! "Eccentricity has abounded when and where strength of character has abounded. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our times. (Can't remember the author :(

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      That you so much. Did you know about the left-handers store in the UK. It's called Anything Left-Handed. I hope to get my children's book in there. I like Lefty's here

      "across the pond".

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      aw... The greatest revenge. Order a left-handed corkscrew from Lefty's in SF and then when right handed friends come over and you're cooking, say, "Oh here, would you open this bottle of wine for me?" Then let the giggles begin.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Not a leftie, but I don't hold my pen correctly. I never have and when teachers tried to correct me I'd politely listen and then go back to writing the way I wanted to. Not sure what that says about me, other than that I was a rebel from early on. But enough about me ! Funny and interesting and entertaining. Voted up and sharing.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Being a fully fledged southpaw myself I can say that its the darn tin opener that gets me! I have been known to throw it at the wall before now! not that it does any good but it makes me feel better! lol! loved this, funny stuff!

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Ya got me, now standing up. I am a left hander, that too, got their knuckles rapped with, no, can't do it that way. Then I heard this story one day. Way back when before there were the sanitary things we do now, right hands were for shaking hands and left hands were for wiping off after visiting the out house....Oh my, no wonder whenever I used my left hand it got slapped and made people cry. I sure wish now that when I asked why, an answer they would have given me. Yet, I am glad they did not, would have made it harder for me to claim my left handedness. Thanks mostly because I never liked trying to spell or say ambidextrous, anyway!

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Thanks so much. I have an archdiocese/left handed story! They took all of us 4th graders (I think) down to the Milwaukee archdiocese to help assemble the DLA (Directed Language Activities) grammar series that apparently was published there. We walked around the table collating pages for a few hours. Of course, the whole thing was set up for right handers and I felt very clumsy because my natural orientation was to go around the table and grab those papers the other way! That happened more than 50 years ago and I still remember feeling like a klutz! I'd love to her your husband's story some time.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      At one time my husband was the only left handed kid in the Chicago diocese. It's a long story, but his dad took it to the bishop. My brothers are left handed. I am supposed to be right handed, but with two children and a husband that are left handed I can do plenty left handed. Fun article.

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      James, sorry this is so late; I just noticed your comment! That's why I wrote the hubs related to left-handed-ness and my little ebook. I've noticed when I try a new task left-handed now that I "get it," I find I do it quicker and easier. For the older tasks that I learned right-handed because no one showed me another way, I'd have to really re-train myself, so I reserve the left-handed approach to the new tasks. That being said, I recently tried bowling more with my left hand than right and it seemed a bit better. Cheers and Power to the Left!

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      James 4 years ago

      Wow, interesting article. I always thought I was supposed to be left handed when I was a kid, but I was taught to be right handed. Now when I learn to do a new task or action, I seem to learn to do it quicker with my left hand. And my left eye is dominant. Now I'm proud to say I'm a lefty!

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      Someone, EXACTLY. That's why I wrote my little ebook for children, "Lucky, the Left Pawed Puppy"! He actually saves the day BECAUSE he turns the opposite way of every one else. In defense of right-handers, even I, a left-hander, look at my fellow brothers and sisters in handed-ness (i.e. President Obama) and it feels awkward to see him sign a bill! But I LOVE it and I notice ALL the time in restaurants. I feel a kin-ship with us and I love that you don't deny that people do view our comings and goings with raised eyebrows. I have a podcast where Oprah, another "sister" has me on the show to promote "Left-land" where right-handed people come to interact with left-handed objects, left-handed clerks, and get to take home a video of them being hilarious when then do! Thanks so much for stopping by

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      someone 4 years ago

      People are always telling me that I look like I'm struggling, when I'm not. Apparently they can't realize I'm doing the samething they are, just opposite. Someone the otherday asked me if it sucks to have a hard time writing because I'm a lefty, apparently this guy was under the impression that all lefties hook their hands to write. I said, 'umm, no, I just tilt the paper."

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      panda 4 years ago

      I was raised right handed, but I think I might be left. Any advice to fix my moms wrongs in teaching me? I want to relearn left handed!

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      Muttface 4 years ago from Portugal

      Ha ha! Lucky they know you're weird!

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      Lisa HW 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Billie, I just saw the notification about the latest comment(s) and came to see what they were. I'm definitely a "right-leg-first" person. Here's one that someone raised on TV the other day: How about phone hand and ear? In keeping with my own right-handed left-handedness, I absolutely have to use the right hand and ear for the phone. Then again, though, the right-handed friend I asked also prefers the right hand/ear. I'd say, "I'm so confused!", but I guess I've made peace with the fact that I'm a right-handed person who writes (and sometimes eats/sews) with the left hand. Well, actually, I do remain a little confused. :)

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      Billie Kelpin 4 years ago from Newport Beach

      FASCINATING! I didn't know a comment on hubpages could make one take off one's clothes, but I just did and you're right! (I mean really right) because I checked for sure and YES, I start putting on my slacks with my left foot first. I NEVER heard of that. I'm going to ask all my family and friends (tee hee). Thanks so much. You made me smile.

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      Muttface 4 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Billie,

      I read in a trivia quiz that you could tell if a person was right or left-handed by what foot they put into their trousers first. Could this be true? I am right-handed and the right leg always gets dressed first.

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Thanks so much LTM!

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      You are so cute! Exactly - the 99 cent mugs are just for us! They're printed on the wrong side for right handers and ended up in the dollar store. Luckily, I had great Nuns who taught me how to turn my paper to write left-handed, but they told me that prom girl story - the girl with the white gown who spilled tomato soup because she bumped elbows with her right handed boy-friend. I eat right-handed (tee hee), I have an audio essay that needs to be edited at podiobooks (search for "The Fight for Molly Dooker Day" at podiobooks). It's free #10

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      Me!Ow! 5 years ago

      I'm ambidexturous! LOL! Actually, my Kinder teacher thought and said it was evil to write with your left hand and forced me to write with my write hand, unbeknownst to my mother. Although I write with my right hand, I throw with my left, kick with my left, bowl with my left, but eat with my right! My mug has the writing on the outside when I hold it with my left, but it's not a 99 cent mug, it's a namebrand... maybe they are left-handed! LOL!

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      LongTimeMother 5 years ago from Australia

      Ah, Billie, it's all coming clear to me now! lol. Great hub. Voted up!

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Lisa HW. This is so nice! I WILL have to disagree with you about "complete lack of creativity". For starters, the title of your hubs are unique and creative and invite the reader in like no other titles would do. (I love the hub about the kids moving away and know I'll love the rest when I get time to read them). Like you, I do most things right handed - eating, sewing, ironing, tennis. When I try to change a task to left-handed, there's a learning curve, but then I do it better than when trying right-handed. I recently played air-hockey with my little 5 year old left-handed neighbor Bella when I took her to the arcade. I couldn't believe how much fun it was playing left-handed to left-handed. We were cookin'! Thank you soooo much for taking the time to right. It is a kind of a little club, huh? I have always longed to be a 'sista' in some way or another. I can't seem to break into the black woman's "club," I certainly am not in my mother-in-laws Swedish group (I once gave her a Norwegian painted plate and as sweet as my mother-in-law is, she told me she was sorry, but she just couldn't bring herself to display it with her Swedish plates) and my former deaf students are friendly, but again, I'm not in the club. So I guess we can be grated to hang out in our left-handed hood.

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      Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was clever and fun. I enjoyed it. As far as pickle jars go, I've never really noticed a problem opening them left-handed. Cork screws: Believe it or not (and I can't believe a "feminist type" like me is about to say this), a guy has always opened the wine/champagne. I've never used one. (Maybe because I buy the screw-top kind of wine for my own, private, use - but I did once try to use a corkscrew on one of those.) :) :) But I digress...

      I don't question that some people who think they're "ambi" have just adapted, but I can vouch, first hand, that that's not always the case for some "ambi" (or at least partially "ambi", like I am) people. So much right-handed thinking/preferences/weakness (on the left side) makes me know I'm kind of a "right-handed person in a left-handed-writer's body". I'm "bothie" with some things like eating, hand sewing, ironing, and tennis; but I sometimes temporarily don't know which one feels right to use. I don't even write the traditional left-handed writing way. (I just write in right-slanted bad penmanship.) Even with all that (and my complete lack of creativity ordinarily associated with lefties), I couldn't think of myself as anything but a "leftie" because, as you say, writing with the left hand is kind of club; and you either belong to it or don't. Other than the hand, my entire left side is the weaker side. I call myself a "leftie", but I'm really a person without a true, consistent, handedness.

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      @Delores Monet - Very cool. So few people get how we adapt, even WE don't get it! I think we should be really proud of our adaptations. I just LOVE handing my unknowing friends my left-handed corkscrew and pretend I have other things to do and ask if they'll open the bottle of wine. It's hilarious! Again, you might enjoy my longer audio essay (which NEEDS CUTTING!) at

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Donnah75. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. I feel as if I found a sista - a soulmate. I only JUST realized after 68 years on this planet why I tend to buy stenographer notebooks! The wire spiral is at the top. LIke you, I experienced the knitting thing. I was on a CITY BUS knitting on one of those sideway seats when I was in my early 20s. Some well-intentioned woman wanted to show me how to knit "more easily". There I was in front of the whole audience of bus riders while she asked for my knitting, took them in her hands, and tried to show me the "right way" to knit. I tried to be gracious and when she gave the swatch of knitting back to me, tried, in front of starring eyes, to do what she was instructing me step by step. "No, now over, not under." That was when I still blushed and you can bet I was beet red by the time my stop came. LIke you, too, I LOVE being left-handed because it does make a person more interesting and quirky. You might like my audio essay, too.

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      Billie Kelpin 5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Mary, your duaghter might like an audio essay at It's MUCH longer than it needs to be and desperately needs edition, but there's a humorous (hopefully) appeal in it to left-handed Oprah who in IN MY VISION interviews me along with Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, Jerry Seinfeld, etc. in our fight for "Molly Dooker Day" and LeftyLand. (something like that, I recorded that a while back.) It's at It DOES need cutting, but I hope your daughter can relate :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a great hub! My son and I were JUST talking about this the other day. He writes with the 'south paw' but does everything else right handed. I will share this! He claims the ambidextrous thing. I remember that when he was little he had a lot of tripping and falling accidents.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Yes. I am constantly putting the knives in the knife block "backwards," according to my right handed husband. I remember when someone tried to teach me to knit right-handed. Disaster! Then she tried to teach me left-handed by havin me mirror her technique. Needless to say I taught myself to crochet when I was an adult, and I don't knit. I always wondered why opening wine was a challenge. It didn't occur to me that the corkscrew was "backwards" for me. School notebooks were always a big challenge, and I constantly had ink smeared on my hand from note taking. I never did master that upside down handwriting technique that my left-handed music teacher seemed so brilliant at. Oh well, a little ink never hurt me. I love being a lefty. It makes life a little more interesting and quirky. Plus, I'm a lefty, so you know, that makes me brilliant ;)

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I once had an art teacher who everyone hated. He was obnoxious and mean. But he was the only person ever in the whole world who paused to show me how do draw with the charcoal. He had been so precise with instruction for righties. He has to take a moment to try to figure it all out. I was 40 at the time. Though lots of people dropped out of his class because he was such a nut, he was A # 1 in my book!

      Loved the hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What a witty read! One of my four daughters is left handed and when we go out to eat she is cautious as to where she sits at the table for fear of spilling on the next person. I have read that super intelligent people are left handed, and it was interesting to see the names of those people who are left handed. She is a barber, and she cuts hair with either hand.

      Voted Up, and shared.

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      Billie Pagliolo 5 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Cute - the barrette thing with you and your daughter! It amuses me for some reason to have learned that they're right-handed when it was something I never would have suspected. Good for your Mom! I DO know President Obama is left-handed. I have a free podcast at under "essays" then "Live from Milwaukee It's Tuesday Night. It's the 10th one I think "The Fight for Molly Dooker Day" - way too long and needs revision, but I think you'll like it. Email me and I'll send you a free activation code if you'd like for my ebook "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy". Thanks so much for commenting. PS. International Left-handers Day is coming up - Aug. 13. We just visited "Lefty's in SF" which is a left-handed store - FUN!

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      Laura Izett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      yes we're a great group of people. I had an "old-school" type of 1st grade teacher who tried to change me to right, but my mom set her straight. And I'm not sure if I missed it in your hub, but Obama is left too.

      I've got the barette issue- even when doing my daughter's hair.

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      Billie Pagliolo 6 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Thank you Brian! 3 "love-its" in one place. Must be John and his family

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      Brian 6 years ago

      Love it! Love it!! Love it!!!