14 Interesting Facts About Left-Handed People

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Over the years, “lefties” or left-handers, have made claims that they’re more creative, better in sports, and more healthy. Launched in 1996,”Left-Hander’s Day” celebrates southpaws and aims to help drive awareness of the frustrations lefties have in a world designed for right-handers.

In celebration of International Left-Handers Day here are some fun facts that prove and de-bunk some of these claims:

1. About 13% of the world is left-handed, according to LeftHandersDay.com.

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2. Being left-handed is a genetic trait, which means right-brain dominance. And since the right hemisphere is the creative part of the brain lefties can be more adept to master skills in music, arts and media.

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3. Albert Einstein, President Barack Obama, Jack the Ripper, Bart Simpson, and Marie Curie are or were all lefties.

4. Five out of the last seven United States presidents were left-hand dominant.

5. James A. Garfield was one of the first left-handed presidents. It was rumored he could write Latin with his right hand and Greek with his left at the same time.

6. A study from Georgetown University stated that left-handers may better hear sounds that change rapidly than righties.

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7. Famous athletes, Phil Mickelson, Wayne Gretzky, Rafael Nadal, Babe Ruth, Arnold Palmer, and Oscar de la Hoya are or were all southpaws.

8. Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128 percent more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s.

9. Some scientists have suggested that left-handers were originally in the womb with a twin that did not survive.

10. Research indicates that left-handers are more likely to become schizophrenic, alcoholics and dyslexic. They are also more likely to have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or mental disabilities.

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11. Left-handedness runs in the British royal family. Prince Charles, Prince William, The Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II are or were all lefties.

12. According to some doctors, they say right-handed people have a 9 year longer life expectancy over left-handers.

13. Left-handers had lower rates of arthritis and ulcers, according to a survey of over 1.4 million people (published int eh journal, Laterality).

14. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease did a small study that showed left-handers can have a difficult time processing their feelings and show more negative emotions.