Thursday, July 26, 2007

thirteen reasons its great to be a lefty

1. Only 8-15% of the worlds population is lefthanded. it is more common in males and more common in south/southeast asia and eastern european descent. as a lefty female of western european descent, i'm somewhat rare

2. Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand.

3. Mahatma Gandhi was a lefty

4. The official Boy Scout handshake actually uses the left hand, not the right. The founder of the Scouts was ambidextrous, but he chose the left hand because it is closer to the heart.

5. Jimi Hendrxx was a lefty.

6. When typing, the left hand does most of the work, as the most popular letters (a,e,r,s,t) are on the left side of the keyboard.

7. Albert Einstein was a lefty

8. According to SAT results, left-handed students have higher math scores than right-handed students do.

9. Big Bird is a lefty

10. Not only is matt groening (creator of the simpsons) a lefty but also one of the characters, ned flanders, is a lefty and owns a store in the mall called the leftorium.

11. The only astronaut to fly in all three space programs, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, was left-handed Wally Schirra.

12. Joan of Arc was a lefty.

13. In ancient Peru, it was believed by the Incas that being left-handed was a sign of good luck.

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  • At 8:04 PM , Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

    Very interesting! The left hand has significance in one of my stories, kind of building on the uniqueness/specialness of being a lefty. Happy TT!

  • At 8:15 PM , Blogger Comedy + said...

    My husband is left-handed and he is always telling me it's a birth defect. I think he's covering up something here. I'll share these with him. Have a great TT. :)

  • At 9:03 PM , Blogger Lori said...

    Well, Im a righty and I dont know how you guys do it!! Happy TT.

  • At 9:26 PM , Blogger Suprina said...

    What a great Thursday Thirteen.
    My husband and I are both right handed. And out of the 4 children we have 2 are left handed.

    Nice to know my boys are in great company.

  • At 9:45 PM , Anonymous Nicholas said...

    My daughter is a lefty.

    The latin for left is 'sinister" and we use that word with its current meaning becuase left handed people were thought to be suspicious.

    In some cultures (Arab for example) the left hand is considered unclean and you must never offer a gift in yourleft hand.

  • At 9:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My husband and I are both lefties, as are all 3 of our kids! YAY!

    Happy TT!

  • At 10:32 PM , Blogger Malcolm: said...

    Very fun and interesting TT. The biggest surprise was Big Bird being a lefty!

  • At 7:41 AM , Blogger Special K ~Toni said...

    I have one sister, and both of my boys are left handed~ Weird!

    Great T13 post!

    Air Force Wife


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