24 Facts about Left-Handed People That You Did Not Know

“Do you know anyone who is left-handed? Well, they are the unique ones. Approximately 10% of the population consists of left-handers. According to old wives’ tales, these individuals are considered a gift from the universe, yet it seems like society has forgotten them.

Recent research has shown that there might be a link between human genes and the environment. It is also believed that left-handers often come from families with existing left-handed members. However, the exact reason behind this phenomenon remains unclear.

According to a team of researchers, they have found that the brain doesn’t function the same way in right-handed and left-handed individuals. Left-handed people are often very independent and are forced to navigate a predominantly right-handed world.

Here are 24 facts about left-handers that you may not be aware of:

1. 5%-10% of the world’s population is left-handed.

2. The word ‘left’ originated from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, which means weak or broken.

3. Left-handers use the right part of their brain.

4. Left-handers excel in sports, particularly in tennis, basketball, boxing, and swimming.

5. 40% of the most famous tennis players are left-handed.

6. Left-handed individuals can see more clearly underwater compared to right-handed individuals.

7. There is a 3% higher likelihood for left-handed people to be addicted to alcohol. A strong link exists between alcohol intake and “left-handedness.”

8. Research indicates that left-handed college graduates tend to become 26% richer than their right-handed counterparts.

9. Left-handers tend to reach puberty five months later than right-handers.

10. Animals can also exhibit left-handed tendencies (left-pawed).

11. 4 out of 7 states in the U.S. have more left-handed people.

12. Some of the longest words that can be typed using the left hand include “sweater,” “dresses,” and “tesserae.”

13. In the past, left-handedness has been associated with criminality, homosexuality, and neurosis. Interestingly, it has also been linked to musicality and creativity.

14. Left-handers are more prone to insomnia compared to right-handers.

15. Currently, there are more than 30 million left-handers in the U.S.

16. Statistics indicate that women who give birth in their 40s are 128% more likely to have a left-handed child.

17. August 13th is celebrated as International Left-Hander’s Day, a special day for left-handers.

18. Left-handers experience emotions differently than right-handers due to their ability to process information more rapidly.

19. Left-handed individuals excel in mathematics, spatial awareness, and architecture.

20. Medical experts have shown that when a left-handed person injures their dominant hand, they quickly adapt to using their right hand. This adaptation is more challenging for right-handers.

21. Left-handers are more prone to allergies and asthma compared to right-handers.

22. As mentioned earlier, left-handedness tends to run in families. For instance, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother, and Prince Charles are or were left-handed.

23. 1 out of 4 Apollo astronauts was left-handed.

24. Some of the most notorious killers in human history were left-handers, including Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden, and the Boston Stranglers.”

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