Interesting Facts About Left-Handed People

The world is pretty much made for right-handed people and left-handers don’t have it easy. Everything we have comes right-handed in its standard design and lefties have to actually look out for a left-handed model of certain things.  Guitars are a perfect example of this. A left-handed guitar is a mirror image of a regular guitar. If a lefty were to play a guitar meant for a righty, they’d have to learn how to play backwards since the strings for them would be going thin-thick instead of thick-thin as they usually do.

Here’s a list of just a few fascinating facts about them.

1. Roughly 5 to 10% of the population is left-handed.

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2. Left-handed people tend to make more use of the right side of their brains.

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3. Lefties reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than others.

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4. Left-handed people are often quite athletic, and roughly 40% of the top tennis players are lefties.

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5. Additionally, 4 out of 7 recent U.S. presidents have been left-handed.

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6. The word “left” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lyft,” which meant broken or weak.

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7. Women over 40 are 128% more likely to give birth to a left-handed baby than women in their 20s.

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8. Interestingly, although only 10% of humans are left-handed, dogs, cats, and rats have about a 50/50 chance of being lefties.

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9. 1 out of 4 Apollo astronauts was left-handed.

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10. There are roughly 30 million lefties in the United States.

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11. In the event of an accident taking out their dominant hand, lefties have an easier time than righties in adjusting to writing with the other hand.

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12. The British Royal Family has several lefties: Prince Charles, Prince William, the Queen Mother, and even Queen Elizabeth II herself.

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13. Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from insomnia.

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14. August 13th is International Left-Handers Day.

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15. Lefties are often quicker to anger. Case in point: left-handed tennis player John McEnroe. ‘Nuff said.

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