AUGUST 13 – International Left-Handers Day: where does left handedness excel?
August 13, 2010
[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Left-Handers Day was first celebrated on August 13th, 1976 by Lefthanders International). The purpose of the day is to both celebrate left-handedness and raise awareness of the unnecessary biases against left-handers. The holiday is still proudly observed by lefties every year on August 13th. Enthusiastic supporters may organize lefty vs. righty sports matches and encourage right-handers to try using left-handed products to experience the same awkwardness they are too often forced to endure. A few more lefty facts…
What causes left handedness?
The factors that contribute to handedness, are not completely understood. Both genes & environmental factors are involved, but the brains play a significant role as well. The left brain, which controls the right hand, is dominant in most people and is the center of logical thinking. But in left handers is the right brain more dominant. And because the right brain is more associated with art, creativity, phantasy & emotional expression – the might explain why research has indicates that left handedness is about twice as often seen in artists than in the general population.
Where does left handedness excel?
Typical fields where left handers relatively often excell are:
7 Out of the last 14 US presidents were left handed, and Barack Obama’s final ‘rival’ – senator John Mc Cain – is left handed; in 1992 all three presidential candidates (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton & Ross Perot) were left handed!
Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo & Isaac Newton were left handed, and 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left handed.
A few other exceptional historical ‘lefties’ from various fields are:
Julius Caesar, Fidel Castro, Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, M.C. Escher, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, Alexander the Great, John McEnroe, Niccolò Paganini, Rembrandt van Rijn, Romario de Souza Faria, Mark Twain.
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