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Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on Aug 13, 2012

11 Reasons Being A Lefty Is Better

August 13th is National Left-Handers' Day. Mostly, being a lefty stinks, but here's a few reasons for lefty pride.

1. Lefties earn more (sorta)

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According to a recent study, there's no income difference in the regular population, but lefties earn 10%-15% more than righties among college-educated people. Which is weird because those college desks are The Worst for lefties.

2. Lefties are better fencers

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American Olympic fencer Race Imboden (pictured right) is a lefty. A higher than average portion of Olympic fencers are lefties.

3. Lefties learn to drive more easily

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Even though cars are made for righties, an AA Driving School poll found that 57% of lefties pass their driver's tests on the first try, compared with only 47% of righties.

4. We adjust to seeing underwater faster

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All the better to get away from sharks.

5. Don't have to switch utensils from hand to hand while eating

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American righties hold the fork in their left hand while cutting, then switch it to the right to eat.

6. Lefties have an advantage in baseball

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25% of pro baseball players are southpaw, and there's a lot of reasons why. Ken Griffey, Jr here is a lefty.

7. So many lefty Presidents! Barack Obama

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Obama has that kind of baby-ish claw hand way of holding a pen.

Bill Clinton

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Clinton, holds a pen normally, not like Obama's weird babyclaw.

George H. W. Bush

Gerald Ford

Harry Truman

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Throwing lefty, but he held a pen in his right hand (he was probably forced to learn that way in school).

8. Bowling is better

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Because most people are right handed, the oil gets used up on the lane way faster on the right side. Advantage to lefties.

9. Lefties are babes: Nicole Kidman

Angelina Jolie

Jennifer Lawrence

Tina Fey

Julia Roberts

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Holds her spoon in the left hand!

Scarlett Johansson

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10. You can play guitar or bass lefty: Paul McCartney

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Black Sabbath's Toni Iommi

Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbeaker

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Jimi Hendrix

11. Lefties are more creative

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Dressing your dog as a horse counts as creative, right?

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