20 Interesting Facts about Left-Handed People

The most famous left-handers were: Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Jimi Hendrix, Marie Curie, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Gandhi, Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Kafka, Hans Christian Anderson etc …
20 Interesting Facts about Left-Handed People
1.  Left-handed people make up 10-12% of the world’s population.
2. Left-handers are more likely to feel shy, and would hesitate before doing something drastic.
3. Left-handed people drink more and tend todrink more often too. They are also more likely to get easily drunk. It’s because their dominant right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol.
4.Left-handers are more prone to have allergies, migraines and they are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
5. Left – handed people tend to be more likely on the extreme ends of the IQ scale. They are either at the very top or the very bottom.  According to MENSA, the largest high IQ society in the world, the left – handers have a greater chance of being geniuses vs. right – handed people (IQ over 140), although they make up only 10% of the world’s population.
6. Throughout history left-handers were often persecuted. On one hand left-handedness was seen as a mark of the devil, a sign of neuroses, rebellion, crime and homosexuality. On the other hand, left-handers were often considered as creative people and extremely talented musicians.
7. Left-handed stroke victims recover faster than right – handed stroke victims.
8. Graduated left-handed people are on average 26 % richer than their right- handed colleagues.
9.  Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128 % more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her early 20s.
10. The German word for “left-handed” is linkisch, meaning strange or clumsy. In Italian the word is mancino, which is derived from “crooked” or “maimed”. Russians use the term ‘’levja’’, which is generally regarded as an insult, and you’ve probably heard the term ‘’levaci’’ which is commonly used on the Balkans.
11. Among the Inuit people, each left-handed person is seen as a potential wizard or sorcerer. In Morocco, the left-handed people are referred to as “s’ga”, a word that represents a demon or cursed person.
12. The Inuits believed that left-handers have special healing magical powers, and they have always been doctors or shamans. Zuni tribe from North America believed that left – handedness brings good luck.
13. Studies show that left-handers are very talented mathematicians, musicians, architects and artists in general.
14. Connections between the left and right side of the brain are faster in brains of the left-handed people. This means that information is transferred faster, which makes left-handers more efficient in dealing with larger amounts of information that are happening on both sides of the brain.
15. Research has shown that left-handers can easily learn to write with right hand. It is significantly difficult for right-handers to learn to write with left hand.
16. According to a study, the right-handed people live nine years longer than the left ones.
17.  Left-handed people live in the right-handed world, considering that all of the tools including simple tin openers are designed for right-handers.
18. No matter how bizarre, strange and illogical it may sound – left-handed people adjust to seeing underwater far easier than the right – handers.
19. Studies have shown a high rate of left-handedness among top athletes, especially in one –on -one sport such as tennis, boxing and fencing.
20.  August 13th is considered as the International Left – handers day which has been celebrated every year since 1992. The Day ” when lefthanders everywhere can celebrate been left – handed and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left – handed.
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