Forget the one percent. On Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, it’s all about the 10 percent. The 10 percent of left-handed people that is.
According to various estimates, there are only 10 percent of left-handers in the world, while the remaining or so are right-handed. Research has not been able to conclude why some humans are born left-handed, but the different myths have at least been debunked, such as the ancient belief that these people were evil and even the modern notion that lefties are clumsy.
Studies have suggested, however, that left-handers are generally more successful than righties; left-handers are more intelligent and have a 10 percent higher income.
Some quirky facts
- Left-handers reach puberty four to five months after right-handers
- One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed
- Left-handers are more likely to stutter or become dyslexic
- Three times more likely to become alcoholics
- Four of the five original Mac computer designers were lefties
International Left-Handers Day
was established by The Left-Handers Club in 1992 in order to celebrate the minority status and raise public awareness about both the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.
Many regions around the world began to celebrate the event by having left-handed corkscrews, left vs. right sporting games, left-handed tea parties and even encourage right-handers to be left-handed for the day.
The Left-Handers Club was also started to provide its viewpoints of left-handed items to manufacturers, businesses, research organizations and other groups. This initiative has led to some success, including the introduction of left-handed check books by major banks in the United Kingdom and parental videos on how to raise left-handed children.
Aug. 13 includes various posters with different statements, such as “As the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body then only left-handers are in their right minds” and
“With so many obstacles for left-handers to overcome every day getting it ‘right’ can look awkward.
Here is a list of the most famous left-handed people in history:
- Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan (a total of eight left-handed United States presidents)
- Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, Helen Keller and Jack The Ripper
- Authors H.G. Wells, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Genet and Lewis Caroll
- Actors Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Greta Garbo, Peter Lawford, Don Rickles, Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant
- Musicians Paul McCartney, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel and Errol Garner