Did you know…
1. The world ‘left’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word, ‘lyft’ meaning broken or weak.
2. Most English phrases show left-handedness as a very negative aspect. One example is, ‘a left-handed marriage is not a marriage, but an adulterous sexual liaison, an insult as, left-handed compliment.’
3. The Oxford dictionary also defined ‘left-handed’ with synonyms such as-defective, awkward, crippled, clumsy, questionable, illegitimate and inauspicious.
4. Historically, some social hierarchies set left-handed people as the lowest among minorities and some social customs tried to turn those born as lefties into righties. The Bible has also portrayed those who are left-handed, negatively, in all 25 times of being mentioned, while righties are shown positively about a 100 times.
5. Lefties may die a decade earlier than righties.
Well, worry not, here come some positives…
6. Some statistics show that mothers who give birth with a little delay, have a higher chance of giving birth to a left-handed baby.
7. Only about 10% of the world’s population are left-handed. How unique!
8. Lefties are said to make more use of their brain’s right hemisphere, while righties use more of their brain’s left hemisphere.
9. Lefties are said to have a lower chance of suffering from ulcers and arthritis.
10. Women are less likely to be left-handed than men.
11. There is something called an ‘International Left-Handers Day’, which is celebrated on every year on August 13th.
A few bittersweet facts….
12. Lefties are said to have more multitasking skills.
13. Lefties are said to have a higher risk of developing psychosis, or other mental disorders, with dyslexia and stuttering being some common ones. But, this also enables them to have higher creative abilities than righties.
14. Research has shown that left-handed people have around 140 points more IQ than right-handed people. Some stunning examples of that are, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci and Bill Gates.
15. In ancient times, left-handedness has been associated with the mark of the devil, symptom of neurosis, potential to be a criminal, and more. But, it has been associated with an ingenuity for musical skills, arts and been a mark for superior creativity.
16. Lefties almost always draw their figures facing right.
17. Four of the five designers of Apple’s Macintosh computer and even one of the four astronauts from the Apollo mission, were lefties.
18. Lefties are said to be easily scared or prone to fear and have negative emotions.
19. Studies have shown that left-handed people also like to drink more often than right-handed people.
20. Some political figures who are lefties, are Queen Elizabeth the Second, Prince Charles, Prince William, Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Harry Truman. While some entertainment icons who are lefties include, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie etc.