Left-handed people are aren’t as common as you may think. In fact, they only make up 10% of the world population. They’re the “odd men” who have a hard time using everyday tools like scissors, cooking tools and even using a pen without getting ink on their hand is like winning a marathon.
So what does science have to say about lefties? Well, becoming left-handed is a result of the interaction between genes and the environment in which they’re in. Even though these specific “leftie genes” haven’t been discovered yet, scientists have found that left-handed people have many left-handed relatives. They’ve also found that lefties have different brain wirings than righties.
Because of this, science has also found unique personality traits that only left-handed people possess. So, if you’re left-handed, ambidextrous or even right-handed with a specific passion for left-handed people, here are 24 facts about lefties that will pretty much surprise you!
HERE WE GO…
1. It is estimated that 5-10 percent of the world population is left-handed
2. The word ‘left’ dates back to Anglo-Saxon era and it derives from the word ‘lyft”, which means weak or broken
3. Left-handers use the right part of their brain
4. Left-handed people are great in many sports, particularly tennis, baseball, boxing, and swimming
5. More than 40 percent of the most famous tennis players are left-handed
6. Left-handers are better in seeing clearly underwater compared to right-handed individuals
7. There is a strong link between alcohol intake and “left handedness”. In fact, left-handers are at 3 percent higher link of being addicted to it.
8. It has been scientifically shown that left-handed college graduates eventually become richer by 26 percent more than right-handed ones.
9. Left-handers are late-bloomers, which means that they reach puberty five months later than right-handers.
10. Animals can also be left-handed ( left-pawed).
11. In the U.S, four out of seven states are left-handed
12. Some of the longest words can be written with the left-hand include sweater, dresses, and tesserae decades.
13. In the past, left-handedness has been associated with criminal, homosexuality, and neurosis. Interestingly enough, it has been linked to musicality and creativity, too.
14. Left-handers are more prone to insomnia compared to right-handers.
15. Currently, there are more than 30 million left-handers in the U.S.
16. Statistics show that women who give birth in their 40s are at 128 percent higher chance of giving birth to a left-handed child.
17. Left-handers have their special day! August 13th is the International Left-Hander`s Day.
18. Due to their ability to process information more rapidly, left-handers experience emotions differently than right-handers.
19. Left-handed individuals are great in mathematics, spatial awareness, and architecture.
20. Medical experts claim that when a left-handed individual injures their dominant hand, they learn to use the right one very fast. This is much more difficult for right-handers.
21. Left-handers are more prone to allergies and asthma compared to right-handers.
22. As already discussed earlier, left-handedness is a characteristic which runs in the family. For instance, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother, and Prince Charles are/were left-handed.
23. Out of the four Apollo astronauts, one of them was left-handed.
24. One of the most notorious killers in human history were left-handers. For instance, Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden, and Boston Stranglers were all left-handed.