21 Surprising Facts About Lefties

Southpaws unite.

1. Lefties booze more than righties.

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A recent survey of more than 25,000 people from 12 countries showed lefties drink more.

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2. The right hand is mentioned positively 100 times in the Bible, while the left hand is mentioned only 25 times, all negatively.

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3. Mothers over 40 are twice as likely to have a left-handed baby.

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Mothers in their twenties are less likely to have a lefty baby.

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4. Lefties are more likely to stutter and be schizophrenic.

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Illness increases for lefties for many bizarre reasons.

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5. Approximately 10% of all humans are left-handed. BUT 50% of CATS are left handed.

Read the study here.

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6. Lefties are natural math wizards.

Research shows lefties’ brains are more flexible, which gives lefties the upper hand in math.

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7. Lefties life spans are shorter than righties.

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According to a study lefties live on average nine years less than righties.

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8. Left-handedness runs in families. Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

You are 50% more likely to be a southpaw if one of your parents is left handed.

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9. Lefties process things faster than righties.

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Research has shown connections between the right and left sides of the brain are faster in left-handed people.

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10. Men are more likely to be left-handed.

Gay men are even more likely to be lefties.

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11. Lefties are more likely to be the genius in the family.

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Studies show lefties are more likely to have an IQ score above 131.

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12. Southpaws reach sexual maturity later than righties.

Lefties usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after righties.

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13. Lefties are more easily pissed off.

According to the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, the brains of left-handers process emotions differently and you can more easily piss off a lefty.

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14. Lefties are more artsy.

Dr. Alan Searleman found that lefties are more creative and also more forgetful.

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15. Lefties make less money than righties.

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Lefties earn about 10% less than righties.

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16. Presidents are more likely to be left-handed.

The lengthy list of left-handed leaders includes three of the last four commanders in chief (Bush Sr., Clinton, and Obama).

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17. Lefties are scaredy-cats!

A study of people watching scary movies showed that lefties scare more easily than righties and are far more likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

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18. Lefties are less confident.

When scientists from Abertay University in Scotland gave 46 lefties and 66 righties behavioral tests lefties weren’t as confident.

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19. Lefties have better hearing.

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Left-handed people easily hear rapidly changing sounds.

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20. Lefties are better at competitive sports.

The Puzzle of Left-Handedness by Rik Smits suggests it is because left-handed athletes get more opportunities to practice with right-handed opponents.

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21. And Lefties have their own day!

August 13 is International Left-Hander’s Day.

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