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13 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t know

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1. Babies May Show Early Signs of Left-Handedness

When placed on their tummies, babies who turn out to be left-handed tend to turn their heads to the left. In contrast, babies who turn out to be right-handed turn their heads to the right. This may be coincidental, but it is a trend that is recurring.

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2. Some Of Your Favorite Celebrities Are Lefties!

Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie all have dominant left hands. Many deceased celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix were left-handed too. Maybe being left-handed is the secret to success!

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3. The Devil Is Left-Handed

Okay, well we don’t know for sure, but many artistic representations of Satan depict him as left-handed! The man in red is said to baptize with his left hand while the Christian church’s blessings are performed with the right hand. The Latin word for “left” is “sinister,” which could also go into why nuns used to force children to write with their right hands even if they were left-handed.

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4. Murderers Are Also Left-Handed

Well, at least The Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper, and Osama Bin Laden were left-handed. Research also shows that there is a correlation between left-handed people and delinquent behavior. Maybe there is some truth to the Devil being left-handed…


5. Being Left-Handed Is Historically Pretty Negative, Actually…

More bad press for the lefties, unfortunately. In the past, left-handedness was seen as a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, and criminal activities. In fact, the word ‘left’ in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, meaning broken or weak.

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6. Maybe Witches Gave Lefties A Bad Reputation

In historical texts regarding witchcraft in Europe, the left hand was the one used to cast spells and inflict harm on others. Witches could supposedly simply touch someone with their left hand to curse them.


7. Left-Handed People Are Smarter

It’s not all bad news for lefties! St. Lawrence University conducted IQ tests among right- and left-handed people. The tests results concluded that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than those individuals with dominant right hands. To prove it, Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton were lefties!

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8. Lefties Are Easily Embarrassed

A behavioral test conducted in Scotland showed a correlation between left-handedness and embarrassment. Those who had a dominant left hand answered that they worried more often about making mistakes and were more sensitive to criticism. Overall, the study suggested that left-handed people are generally more hesitant.

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9. Lefties Tend To Be Quick To Anger

When it comes to processing moods, some lefties showed an imbalance in processing emotions with the left and right hemispheres in their brains. Frequent bad moods may be a result of this. So if you find yourself or your friend getting a little overly angry in a situation, check your hands!

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10. Left-Handed People Drink More Often

A survey of more than 25,000 people from 12 countries concluded that left-handed people drink more frequently than their right-handed counterparts. Luckily the research did not indicate that left-handed people were more prone to abuse alcohol. Lefties just wanna have fun!

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11. Lefties Are Good At Art

Research has shown that left-handed people may really be more artistically inclined. There is evidence that lefties are better at divergent thinking, and a survey of over 2,000 left-handed people showed that the majority of lefties were drawn to careers in art and music.

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12. There Is A Special Day For Left-Handed People

In the 1990s, the UK-based Left-Hander’s Club started the annual “Left Handers Day.” Every year on August 13th, lefties around the world can celebrate their minority dominant hand. The purpose is to raise awareness about those who are living with a dominant left hand in a right-handed world.

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13. Left-Handed People May Have A Higher Risk Of Brain Disorders

The left hemisphere of the brain is used by both lefties and righties for language functioning. However, approximately 30% of lefties are partial to their right hemisphere. As a result, lefties run a higher risk of developing schizophrenia, dyslexia, or ADHD.

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