Left-Handers Day 2019: Facts and Myths About Lefties and List of Famous Left-Handed People

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Congrats to all lefties as today it’s International Left Handers Day! 

To mark International Left-Handers Day, which takes place today, on August 13, we’ve put together some lovely left-leaning facts for you to enjoy.

So take a moment to pause and appreciate the plight of your cack-handed friends living in a right-handed world, or if you’re a left-hander then celebrate today – it’s for you.

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What is Left Handers Day for?

From scissors and smudged ink to spiral-bound notebooks and impossible-to-use tin openers, the lefties’ life struggle is real.

While our increasingly digital world has brought advantages to both the left and right, International Left-Handers Day continues to be observed every year in recognition of our left-handed friends and famous faces.

Why is it so rare to be left-handed?

A new study suggests lefties are rare because of the balance between cooperation and competition in human evolution.

The findings come thanks to some data from the sports world. Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history.

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What are the advantages of being left-handed?

While the reason is unclear, some believe it’s due to left-handed people having to strengthen both sides of the brain to succeed in a right-handed world. Because many lefties are better at using their non-dominant hand, it’s less difficult for them to recover from a stroke that damages one part of their brain.

What causes you to be left-handed?

Researchers who study human hand preference agree that the side of the preferred hand (right versus left) is produced by biological and, most likely, genetic causes. The D gene is more frequent in the population and is more likely to occur as part of the genetic heritage of an individual.

Are lefties smarter?

Now, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology piles on more evidence thatlefties might be smarter than right-handed folk. In the research, left-handersoutperformed others in math when those tasks involved difficult problem solving, such as associating mathematical functions to a given set of data.

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Do lefties have a higher IQ?

Are left-handers smarter? The idea that left-handed people are more intelligent than right-handers is a myth. There have been lefty geniuses in history like Leonardo da Vinci, but this is not part of a larger pattern. If anything, the opposite is true.

Do left-handers die earlier?

Looking at 2,000 cases, they saw that the average age at death of the left-handerswas about nine years younger than of the right-handers. On that basis, they concluded that left-handers died earlier.

Famous left-handers

We gathered only some of the most famous celebrities who are also lefties.

Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is known to be left-handed, although if you catch him playing his bass guitar, you’ll notice he does so as a righty.

Prince William, Prince George (and maybe Princess Charlotte)

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Now six years old, it has become clear that Prince George prefers his left hand, just like his father, Prince William.

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman, one of the stars of HBO’s Big Little Lies, is most definitely left-handed, as is evident whenever she signs an autograph.

Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie is many things, including an actress, a producer, a humanitarian, an activist, and a mother. She also makes the list for famous left-handed people.

Hilary Swank

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Hilary Swank is among the distinguished southpaws called out by Variety in an analysis of why there are so many lefties in showbiz.

Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is known to be a lefty, as was Steve Jobs, which helps bolster the arguments of scientists that there is a connection between being left-handed and possessing superior language skills and creativity.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Parker is most famous for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s Sex and the City, for which she won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Barack Obama

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Former President Barack Obama is a famous lefty.

Julia Roberts

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An animal lover and journalist-wannabe, young Julia Roberts of Smyrna, Georgia, only tried acting after her brother, Eric, found success in Hollywood.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg is believed to be left-handed, although this has not been confirmed officially, and some argue that he may, in fact, be ambidextrous.

Oprah Winfrey

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Another person to add to the group of famous left-handed people is Oprah Winfrey, shown here, with her pen in her left hand.


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Left-Handers Day 2019: Facts and Myths About Lefties and List of Famous Left-Handed People
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Left-Handers Day 2019: Facts and Myths About Lefties and List of Famous Left-Handed People
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Congrats to all lefties as today it's International Left Handers Day!  To mark International Left-Handers Day, which takes place today, on August 13, we've put together some lovely left-leaning facts for you to enjoy. So take a moment to pause and appreciate the plight of your cack-handed friends living in a right-handed world, or if you're a left-hander then celebrate today - it's for you.
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