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21 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Probably Didn’t Know


Left-handed people make about 10% of the population. And even though we know little about this phenomenon, researchers discovered that there is a link between the human genes and our environment. Moreover, many left-handed people already have family members that are lefties.

Plus, it has been found that the brain in the left-handed people works differently than the brain in the right-handed people. And left-handed people are supposedly more independent than their right-handed counterparts.

Below are 21 facts about left-handed people that you probably were not aware of.

1. Left-handed people use the right hemisphere of their brain.

2. Left-handed people can see more clearly underwater than right-handed people.

3. Left-handed people are late bloomers. They reach puberty 5 months later than compared to right-handed people.

4. Animals can be left-pawed.

5. Left-handed people are more prone to become addicted to alcohol (3% more than right-handed people).

6. Left-handed people are more susceptible to asthma and allergies.

7. There are more than 30 million people in the U.S that are left-handers.

8. One of the most famous killers in history were left-handers: Osama Bin Laden, Boston Stranglers, and Jack the Ripper.

9. Left-handed people are excellent in architecture, mathematics, and spatial awareness.

10. According to statistics, women who give birth in their 40s have 128% higher chance that their child will be left-handed.

11. Left-handed people are very talented in boxing, tennis, baseball, and swimming.

12. College graduates that are left-handers have 26% more chances to become richer than the right-handed college graduates.

13. Doctors confirm that when left-handed people injure their left hand they learn to use their right hand very quickly which cannot be said for right-handed individuals.

14. In the past, left-handedness was associated with neurosis, homosexuality, and criminal. However, also it was linked to musicality and creativity.

15. Left-handed people are vulnerable to insomnia than right-handed ones.

16. Four out of seven states in the U.S are left-handed.

17. The word ‘left’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’ which means ‘weak or broken.’

18. One (out of the four) Apollo astronaut was left-handed.

19. Left-handed people experience emotions differently than right-handed people because they are more rapidly processing information.

20. Left-handedness runs in the family. For example, Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Prince Charles are all left-handed.

21. Left-handers’ special day is August 13th – the International Day of the left-handed people.