August 13, 2015 is the 40th left handers day!

AUGUST 13, 2015

August 13, 2015: unofficially the 40th left handers day!

Left handers day has been observed on August 13 of each year by many lefthanders since 1976. However, Left-handers Day was declared by the Left-Hander's Day Club on August 13, 1996 in order to annually celebrate certain people's sinistrality and to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. Left-handers Day is now celebrated world-wide!

The general estimate for left-handedness in the relatively permissive cultures of the developed Western world (e.g. North America & Western Europe) is around 12%. However, in more formal cultures that stress conformity (such as Asian, Muslim and Latin American countries) the rates are clearly lower: Korea (2%), Japan (3%) and Taiwan (5%) have the lowest levels of left-handedness, possibly reflecting the systematic discouragement of left-handedness that still persists in these countries. This explains why the estimates left-handedness prevalence vary significantly between 2% up to 30% - reflecting the ambiguities and inconsistencies inherent in the defining handedness.

- What you may not know about left handers! -
What you may not know about left handers!





Amazing fact about left handers & left handedness:


August 13 is International Left-handers Day!

- unofficially celebrated since the 13th of August, in the year 1976;
- officially celebrated by the Left-Hander's Day Club since August 13, 1996 in order to annually celebrate certain people's sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

Left Handed Population:

- 76% chance for left-handedness in identical twins;
- approximately 10% left handed adults versus 90% right handed adults;
- left-handedness is more common in males than females;
- left-handedness is more common among bisexuals & homosexuals;
- left-handedness is more common among South Asians & East Europeans.

Health Issues:

- LRRTM1 on chromosome 2p12 is a maternally suppressed gene associated paternally with handedness and schizophrenia";
- other health issues associated with left-handedness are: dyslexia, stutter, asthma and allergies.

Left Handed Traits:

- personality: very spontaneous and unpredictable, philosophical and a dreamer;
- behavior: have more of an independent streak, become restless during long verbal explanations;
- intellect: better at 3-dimensional perception and thinking, like organizing things to show relation.

Macintosh Designers:

- 4 out of 5 of the original Macintosh computer designers were left handed.

Famous Left Handed People:

- US PRESIDENTS: 4 out of 5 last US presidents were left handed » Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton & Barack Obama are left-handed; only George W. Bush is right-handed;

- MUSICIANS (especially in the category 'guitar combined with vocal & composing' the amount of left-handers is striking): Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King [all 3 are listed in the RollingStone Guitarists TOP 13], Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney;

- ARTISTS: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci;

- ACTORS: Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Seinfield.

History - Harsh Times!:

- child penalty: kids were spanked in school and chasticated at home;
- bad reputation: it has provoked cultural superstition and discrimination.

Negative Meanings:

- gauche (French): awkward, clumsy;
- links, linkish (German): awkward;
- manchino (Italian): crooked, mained.




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Read more about why...
Left-handed people are more intelligent and creative!


Book: Your Left Hand Child, by Lauren Milsom



Left handed people are more likely to hestitate, get anxious, feel shy, and to act inhibitited.





Related sources:
Left-handed people are more intelligent and creative
Left-handed men may think more like women
Left-handed people are more likely to hesitate
Handedness, Finger length & Palm shape asymmetry
The hands of left-handed twins
The origins of left-handedness
BOOK: Your left-handed child & Talk to the Hand



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