Left Handers Day

club_animIf you are left handed like me…….You gotta be excited……I mean I don’t hear any buzz about Right handers day. So many taboos associated with us! Its the 21st century, love it or move on……lool

The 13th of August is the official left hander’s day.

Brief history of the Left Handed

Stone Age implements discovered seem equally divided between left and right and studies of cave drawings have indicated a preference for the left hand. When tools became more sophisticated, a clear hand preference emerged. The right hand preference may have originated in sun worship.

In the Northern hemisphere you have to face south to follow the sun and move from left to right until the suns sets in the west. This gave moving to the right and the right hand side a great significance. Another theory says that as the heart is on the left hand side, a shield would have to be in the left hand to defend it and any weapon therefore had to be held in the right, which became the dominant hand. Recent theories have included one that right-handedness is the normality and left-handedness is a deficiency which results from a traumatic birth! Left-handers have done quite badly over the years and many old superstitions still survive today.

Left Handed Facts………Did you know…..

1. Left Hander’s Day was started in August 13 1976 by Left Handers International.
2. About 7 percent of the population is left handed, me inclusive, lol
3. Lefties are also called “Southpaws”.
4. In twins, there is a high tendency for one to be left-handed.
5. 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed.
6. 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
7. Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers.
8. George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are all left handed. Ronald Regan was left handed too.
9. Pablo Picasso, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Di Vinci, and Michelangelo were also left handed.
10. Right handed people use the left side of their brains. Left handed people use the right sides of their brains. The way our brains are organised, with the right hemisphere controlling our dominant left-hand, means we do things differently to right-handers. The left hemisphere (RIGHT HAND CONTROL) controls Speech, Language, Writing, Logic, Mathematics, Science, this is the LINEAR THINKING MODE. The right hemisphere (LEFT HAND CONTROL) controls Music, Art, Creativity, Perception, Spatial awareness, Emotions, Genius, this is the HOLISTIC THINKING MODE.
11. According to neurologists, left handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater and their have certainly been many successful left-handed swimmers, including multi -gold medal winner Mark Spitz.
12. Right handers tend to chew food on the right side, left handers tend to chew on the left side.
13. Albert Einstein was left handed.
14. Left handed people who have higher I.Q.s tend to have an I.Q. of over 140.
15. In some cultures it is impolite to touch your food with your left hand.
16. A right-handed player will more usually face a “like-handed” opponent play a similar game and playing a left-hander is less common, whereas a “lefty” will invariably have faced more right-handers and thus be quite used to their “opposite” style of play.
17. Left-Handers seem to be more accomplished in many areas of music and the arts, probably because of the right side influence of the brain.

Left-handers often complain that household gadgets such as scissors, tin-openers and even fountain pens are designed for use with the right hand and leave them at a disadvantage.

Some Famous Left-Handers I know Include:

Presidents and Politicians

James A. Garfield  (1831-1881) 20th
Herbert Hoover  (1874-1964) 31st
Harry S. Truman  (1884-1972) 33rd
Gerald Ford  (1913-2006) 38th
Ronald Reagan  (1911-2004) 40th
George H.W. Bush  (1924-    ) 41st
Bill Clinton  (1946-    ) 42nd
Barack Obama  (1961-    ) 44th
Fidel Castro
AlGore
John McCain
Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State Governor)

Miscellaneous Left-Handers

Joan of Arc (?), French heroine
Ramses II (?), Egyptian pharaoh
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Napoléon Bonaparte (?), French emperor
King Louis XVI of France
Queen Victoria of England
King George II of England
King George VI of England
Prince Charles of England
Prince William of England
Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
David Rockefeller, banker
John F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer/publisher
Caroline Kennedy, lawyer/author
Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan
David Letterman (?), host
Richard Simmons, exercise guru
Bart Simpson, cartoon character
[King Edward III of England, due to stroke]
Benjamin Franklin, statesman/publisher/scientist
Steve Forbes, businessman/publisher
Senator Daniel Inouye
Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice
Leonardo da Vinci
Pablo Picasso
Hans Christian Andersen
Dane Cook
Danny Kaye
Jay Leno
Jerry Seinfeld
Jon Stewart
Oprah Winfery

Left-Handed Musicians

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Jimi Hendrix
Isaac Hayes
Paul McCartney (the Beatles; Wings)
George Michael (Wham!)
David Archuleta
Celine Dion
Eminem

Left-Handed Athletes

SOCCER

Diego Armando Maradona
Romario
Hugo Sanchez
Richard Witschge

OLYMPIC SPORTS

Francis X. Gorman (diving)
Greg Louganis (diving)
Mark Spitz (swimming)
Bruce Jenner (decathlon)
Nikita Kohloff (wrestling)
Dorothy Hamill (skating)

GOLF

Bonny Bryant
Bob Charles
Russ Cochran
Connie Decker
Phil Mickelson (while golfing only)

CYCLING

Thomas Voeckler (French), cyclist

BOXERS

Carmen Basilio
James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett
Marvin Hagler
Oscar de la Hoya
Reggie Johnson
Rafael “Bazooka” Limon
Freddie Miller
Jacker Patterson
Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker

DRIVERS

Johnny Herbert (Formula 1 driver)
Terry Labonte (NASCAR race car driver)
Ayrton Senna (Formula 1 driver)
Karl Wendlinger (Formula 1 driver)
Valentino Rossi (motorcycle racer)

BASKETBALL

Nate Archibald

TENNIS

Kenneth Carlsen (tennis)
Jimmy Connors (tennis)
Norman Brookes (tennis)
Courtney De Mone (tennis)
Guy Forget (tennis)
Andres Gomez (Santos) (tennis)
Goran Ivanesivic (tennis)
Rod Laver (tennis)
Henri LeConte (tennis)
John McEnroe (tennis)
Thomas Muster (tennis)
Martina Navratilova (tennis) – ambidexterous
Manuel Orantes (tennis)
Niki Pilic (tennis)
Renee Richards (tennis)
Marcello Chino Rios (tennis)
Monica Seles (tennis)
Roscoe Tanner (tennis)
Guillermo Vilas (tennis)
Mark Woodforde (tennis)

Left Handed Actors and Entertainers

Drew Barrymore
Jim Carrey
Charlie Chaplin
Danny Cooksey
Tom Cruise
Robert De Niro
Matt Dillion
David Duchovny
Morgan Freeman
Whoopi Goldberg
Scarlett Johansson
Angelina Jolie
Nicle Kidman
Ricki Lake
Mary-kate Olsen
Brad Pitt
Keanu Reeves
Julia Roberts
Sylvester Stallone
Bruce Willis
Owen Wilson

Source: Lefthander’s day

        Telegraphy
        Left handed compliments
        Wikipedia
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