32 Cool and Amazing Facts about Left Handed People (2022)

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1) Their right part of the brain is dominant. 2) They are pro at multitasking. 3) They have a creative streak but they aren’t more creative than right-handed people. 4) The genes inherited by peopleaccount for just25% of the chance of being left-handed 5) Left-handed athletes have an advantage over their opponents. 6) They can see underwater better than right-handers. 7) They hit the puberty late. 8) They are more likely to suffer from insomnia. 9) Animals too have left handedness. 10) 10-12% percent of the world’s population is left-handed. 11) Every August 13th has been celebrated as “Left-Handers Day” since 1996. 12) Some of the noteworthy political leaders in history are lefties. 13) Their average salary is 9-19% lower than the right-handed people. 14) They are better at 3D perception and thinking. 15) 40% of schizophrenics are surprisingly left-handed. 16) They are also likely to get easily embarrassed. 17) There are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. 18) Mothers over 40 are likely to give birth to a left-handed child. 19) Premature babies have a high possibility of becominglefties. 20) They can easily learn to use their right hand during an emergency. 21) They are among Apollo astronauts and Apple’s Macintosh designers. 22) Men are more likely to be left-handed than women. 23) They fear more than the right-handed people. 24. They have a significantly bad temper than right-handed people 25) Homosexuals are 39% more likely to be left-handed. 26) There is a phobia associated with left-handedness. 27) They find some simple tasks hard to do it. 28) They recover from strokes faster than righties. 29) They have typing advantages. 30) They are prone to diseases. 31. Every year, more than 2,500 left-handed people are killed around the world 32) They like to booze more. FAQs Videos

Did you know that nearly 10 to 12% of the world population is left-handed? Did you know that left handed people tend to be more independent, creative, adaptive and flexible because of facing the world that is largely designed for right-handed people? Read some more facts about left handed people.

Scientists are not really sure of the exact reason behind people being left handed but research points to a complex collaboration of genetics and environment that can lead to some people being lefties.

Let’s find out some other really cool and unique facts about Left handed people:

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1) Their right part of the brain is dominant.

The left side of the brain is logical and analytical and the right side of the brain is creative and emotional. The right part of the brain is more dominant in the left handed people and therefore they tend to be more creative and artistic in their disposition.

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2) They are pro at multitasking.

Lefties tend to be more independent and flexible as they learn to adapt to the world largely made for the right-handers.

In 2008, Illinois Research Consortium collected a large data and found that when given two tasks to complete simultaneously, lefties performed better than righties. Lefthanders consider the whole problem and use pattern matching to try and solve. On the other hand, the righthanders try to solve the problem breaking them down into parts and analysing each piece one at a time.

In one study by Dr. Nick Cherbuin, left handed people seem to talk while driving, pilot jet fighters and play fast-paced video games. According to the researcher, this is associated with conversations between the left and right sides of the brain happening more quickly in left-handed people when compared with their right-handed peers.

3) They have a creative streak but they aren’t more creative than right-handed people.

Psychologists suggest that living in a world designed for right-handed people makes lefties come up with independent thinking and creative solutions. Also, the right part of the brain that deals in creativity and expressing emotions is more dominant in the lefties that give them a creative streak.

A 2007 study claims that painters and musicians were more likely to be left handers. In fact, a lot of famous artists and celebrities like Leonardo Da Vinci, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise, Eminem, Justin Beiber, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey, Lady Gaga are lefties.

Professor Mike Nicholls – who is himself left-handed – studied 5,000 five-year-olds and examined their performance at school and their feedback from teachers concluded that “Left-handers tend to do worse as a group than right-handers.” According to him, reduced cognitive ability of lefties was small but similar to the “negative outcomes”of being born prematurely.

4) The genes inherited by peopleaccount for just25% of the chance of being left-handed

There is only 25% chance of being left-handed through inherited genes. So, even twins with 100% identical genes don’t necessarily have same handedness.

In a study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, more than 50,000 identical twins were observed and analyzed. Researchers found that inherited genes only account for a 25% chances of being a left-handed person. The other 75% isattributedto environmental factors

5) Left-handed athletes have an advantage over their opponents.

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Be it golf, tennis, swimming or boxing they excel everywhere. Golf champ Phil Mickelson, Tennis rockstar Roger Federer, boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya are all lefties. In fact, almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties.

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According to MSNBC review of an interesting book The puzzle of left-handedness by Rik Smits, left-handers may have an advantage in games involving two opponents facing each other like boxing or tennis because they get more opportunities to practice against right-handed opponents than vice versa since righties are so much more in number.

6) They can see underwater better than right-handers.

According to neurologists lefties seem to adjust to underwater vision more readily than righties. However, there is a lack of sufficient scientifica evidence to back this fact.

7) They hit the puberty late.

Lefties tend to reach puberty 4-5 months later than righties. This is why male left-handers seem to have a trouble growing beard. However, there is no strong research evdidence to back this fact.

8) They are more likely to suffer from insomnia.

Left-handers are more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation due to Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). It spoils the quality of their slumber as they tend to move their limbs involuntarily during sleep. This is why they kick people in their bed. According to one study, 69% of right-handed participants had bilateral limb movements compared to 94% of left handed patients!

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9) Animals too have left handedness.

Research says left-handedness is not just restricted to human species, but seen in animals as well. Around 50% of cats and rats are left-handed, according to research. Veterinarian Janice Lloyd told ABC Australia that in her research, she found nearly 50% of dogs favoured their left paw.

10) 10-12% percent of the world’s population is left-handed.

The percentage of lefties across the world is slowly growing. Do you know there are 30 million left-handers in the U.S.? On average 10-12% of the world is left handed while 87% is right-handed. Scientists suspect that more people are born as lefties and then convert as righties later in life.

Professor Daniel M. Abrams and graduate student Mark J. Panaggio at Northwestern University created a model that shows the low percentage of lefties is due to the balance between cooperation and competition in human evolution.

“The more social the animal—where cooperation is highly valued—the more the general population will trend toward one side,” says Abrams, an assistant professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“The most important factor for an efficient society is a high degree of cooperation. In humans, this has resulted in a right-handed majority.” On the other hand, competition does the complete opposite and resulted in 10% of the people turning lefties.

11) Every August 13th has been celebrated as “Left-Handers Day” since 1996.

The UK based Left-Handers Club launched 13th August as the International Left-Handers Day in 1996 to increase awareness about the left-handed lifestyle.

Their website marks this as a day “when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left handed.” The day is celebrated with events since lefties make up only about seven to 10% of the world’s population. These events include celebrating a left-hander’s creativity, adaptability, and athleticism.

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12) Some of the noteworthy political leaders in history are lefties.

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Out of the last seven US presidents, 4 have been left handed. President Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Gerald Ford, as well as few Presidents in the past like James Garfield and Harry Truman, are also left handed. So, lefties are highly likely to be great leaders!

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13) Their average salary is 9-19% lower than the right-handed people.

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Statistics show that Left handed college graduates go on to become around 26% richer than their right-handed counterparts. A lot of royals are left handed too! Lefties in the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

However, a2014 Harvard study revealed that the average salary of lefties isnine to 19 per cent lower than for right-handed people. The left-handed participants scored lower than righties on cognitive tests, and are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems. Aside of that leftiestend to suffer from learning disabilities at a higher rate and complete less schooling. Altogether it lowers their ability to earn more than their right-handed peers.

14) They are better at 3D perception and thinking.

As mentioned earlier, the human brain is cross-wired meaning the left hemisphere controls the right-handed side of the body and vice-versa. So left-handers can boast they are always in their right mind. Because their right hemisphere of the brain dominant, which controls music, art, creativity, perception, emotions, and genius.

So left-handers are more likely to be creative and visual thinkers, better at 3D perception and thinking. This explains why there are more left-handed architects than righties.

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15) 40% of schizophrenics are surprisingly left-handed.

Yale University researches concluded that around 40 per cent of schizophrenic patients were left-handed, with theories suggesting that brain laterality plays a role. This is one of the most uncool facts about left handed people.

16) They are also likely to get easily embarrassed.

According to research done by scientists from Abertay University in Scotland, lefties tend to feel more shy, inhibited, critical self-observers as compared to their right-handed counterparts.

17) There are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people.

Some of the most influential and genius people that have walked on this planet like Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin were all lefties.

Also, according to research conducted at Lawrence University in New York, there were more left-handed people over IQs of 140 than right-handed people. Lefties tend to be smarter and have higher IQs than their right-handed counterparts.

An interesting left-handed statistic is that Mensa claims that 20% of its members are lefties.

18) Mothers over 40 are likely to give birth to a left-handed child.

Women giving birth after 40 or giving birth to twins have more chances of having a left-handed child, when compared to younger mothers.

According to one study, New England researchers found that in a group of 2,228 college students, those with mothers who birthed them after age 40 were twice as likely to be left-handed. Because of their advanced age, these women have tougher pregnancy, and hence more stress. Birth stress is directly linked to left-handedness.

Twins are more likely to be left-handed according to a Belgian study conducted in 1966. Out of 21% of 1700 pairs of twins were left-handed — that’s just over 5% more than the general population.

19) Premature babies have a high possibility of becominglefties.

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Babies born prematurely who weigh a pound or less at birth, have a high possibility of becominglefties. In a study of 115 babies who are were being treated in a neonatal intensive care unit, found that 54% of the extreme preemies were left-handed.

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The doctors said either it is due to slight brain damage caused by premature birth or it could be because premature babies couldn’t complete full brain development process that would result in most of them being right-handed.

20) They can easily learn to use their right hand during an emergency.

Lefties can easily learn to use their right hand if they injure the left one. Tennis champion Rafael Nadal is actually right-handed but learned to play lefty to gain a competitive edge.

Smart. isn’t it?

21) They are among Apollo astronauts and Apple’s Macintosh designers.

Seven of the 29 astronauts on the Apollo space mission were lefties. Not sure, if they took their first giant leap for a man using their left foot.

Four of the five designers of Apple’s Macintosh computer were left-handed. As mentioned earlier, lefties have different brain structure and they have a creative streak making them better designers than righties.

22) Men are more likely to be left-handed than women.

Gender differences influence left-handedness! One 2008 study compiled data from 144 studies involving 2 million participants and found that 23% more men are left-handed. Considering the results to be statistically relevant, left-handers are more likely to be male.

23) They fear more than the right-handed people.

The brains of lefties process emotions differently than those of right-handed people. Lefties are more susceptible to negative emotions, such as fear and anger. Thys, lefties are affectedby fear far morethan those who are right-handed.

In a horror movie experiment, left-handers who watched an eight-minute clip from The Silence of the Lambs showed more fear than right-handers. The right side of the brain is more dominant in lefties and is more involved in fear responses.

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24. They have a significantly bad temper than right-handed people

This is due to increased interaction between the two halves of the brain according to the study published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The research explains that the logic (mostly left brain) and emotions (mostly right brain) get mixed together often resulting in situations of bad temper.

25) Homosexuals are 39% more likely to be left-handed.

According to a 2000 study, left handed people are 39 per cent more likely to be homosexual. The authors assume that the three factors responsible for the relationship betweenhandedness and sexual orientation arecerebral laterality and prenatal exposure to sex hormones, maternal immunological reactions to the fetus, and developmental instability. Another 2013 study found that asexual participants were roughly 2.5 times more likely to be left handed!

26) There is a phobia associated with left-handedness.

Yes you read it right! Your lucky left hand may scare some people.

Sinistrophobia is defined as the fear of things at the left side or left-handed people.

This is one of the most bizarre facts about left-handed people.

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27) They find some simple tasks hard to do it.

Swiping credit cards and cutting with right-handed scissors are two things that are harder for lefties than righties. Other little obstacles include – car cup holders that are always on the right-hand side, a camera with more buttons on the right side, pens at the bank are always attached on the right side and flaps covering zippers on pants etc.

Since lefties constitute only 12% of the world population, they are not taken into consideration, while building gadgets and other tools.

Ned Flanders’s shop recognized the plight of left handed people and started a shop named The Leftorium in the Springfield Mall that specializes in products for left-handed people. It was a big relief for many lefties. But you can get special lefty-made notebooks, scissors, and more in real life. Left-handed pens are now a new cool!

28) They recover from strokes faster than righties.

Left hemisphere of the brain is more dominant in righties and this side is associated with language function. So, a stroke or a brain injury which occur on the left side of the brain affects speech and language.

While 95% of right-handed people have left-brain dominance when it comes to language control, whereas this drops to 70% for lefties. This means that after a stroke, lefties whose right hemisphere of the brain is dominant are more likely to be faster to recover language ability. This is the plus point for all lefties.

29) They have typing advantages.

Lefties have a record of typing the longest words. The longest words typed by conventional left-hand placement are “sweaterdresses” and “tesseradecades”.

On a QWERTY keyboard, you can type 3000 words with left hand alone but only 300 words with right hand alone.

30) They are prone to diseases.

According to a study published on the Harvard University Press, left-handers were 11 times more likely to suffer from allergies than the right-handed folks. The results also showed that lefties are two and a half times higher risk of suffering from auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. They are also twice as likely to experience migraines when compared to right-handers.

31. Every year, more than 2,500 left-handed people are killed around the world

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Statistical reports showed that one in 4,400,000 is killed every year from using equipment which is meant forright-handed people, and this accounts for more than 2,500 deaths of left-handed people every year.That is 10.3% of left-handed people (both males and females) suffer an injury while driving a vehicle, and 31.6% of left-handed people (both males and females) get injured insports. And the most dangerous item is theright-handed power saw.

Some studies conducted later found that lefties live around nine years less than their right-handed counterparts. It can be due to their vulnerability to different health issues. However, a 2001 study suggested lefties tend to die three years younger than righties although extremely left-handed people have a life expectancy that is just one year lower.

32) They like to booze more.

According to one 1973 study higher than expected number of patients in alcoholism ward, was left-handed. Lefties are more likely to be alcoholics than the right-handed people. However, a more recent study suggests that lefties are more prone to drink at moderate levels.

These are some cool and interesting facts about left handed people. If you are a lefty and could relate to the facts then leave a comment below. And if you want to add more, feel free to do so.

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FAQs

What is unique about a left-handed person? ›

Lefties make up only about 10 percent of the population, but studies find that individuals who are left-handed score higher when it comes to creativity, imagination, daydreaming and intuition. They're also better at rhythm and visualization.

What is the IQ of a left-handed person? ›

Conclusion: Our confidence intervals at a 95% confidence level show that the average IQ for a left handed person is between 117.73 and 127.19 and for a right handed person it is between 109.9 and 123.5.

What are left-handed people better at? ›

8 Advantages Only Left-Handed People Have
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Why is it rare to be left-handed? ›

Most of the current research suggests that left-handedness has an epigenetic marker—a combination of genetics, biology and the environment. Because the vast majority of the population is right-handed, many devices are designed for use by right-handed people, making their use by left-handed people more difficult.

How rare is a left-handed girl? ›

Similar results were also reported by a recent study that investigated left-handedness in the UK Biobank study, a large dataset with about 500,000 participants (de Kovel et al., 2019). Here it was found that in the UK, 8.6 percent of women and 10.6 percent of men were left-handed.

Is Elon Musk left-handed? ›

Elon Musk is right handed.

Do lefties have a higher IQ? ›

A 2017 study in the journal Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews reviewed 18 other studies which included data from over 20,400 people and found that right-handers had negligibly higher IQs than left-handers do, on average.

Are left-handers lucky? ›

Left-handers or lefties are often considered unlucky in many cultures, including the Indian culture. We are told to accept prasad with our right hands only, and this hand is preferred for all our rituals, tilak, yagna, etc.

Who is the most famous Lefty? ›

Who are famous left-handed people?
  • President Barack Obama.
  • President Bill Clinton.
  • President George H.W. Bush.
  • President Gerald Ford.
  • President Harry Truman.
  • President James Garfield.
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Winston Churchill.
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Are lefties better in bed? ›

According to a recent survey, lefties are 71% more satisfied in the sack than righties. Of the 10,000 people surveyed, 86% of left-handed people reported being “Extremely Satisfied” with their sex lives, compared to just 15% of righties.

Was Albert Einstein left-handed? ›

But handedness has its roots in the brain—right-handed people have left-hemisphere-dominant brains and vice versa—and the lefties who claim Einstein weren't all that far off. While he was certainly right-handed, autopsies suggest his brain didn't reflect the typical left-side dominance in language and speech areas.

How do lefties think? ›

Lefties may be able to use both sides of their brain more easily and efficiently. According to an Australian study published in 2006 in the journal Neuropsychology, left-handed people tend to have faster connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which leads to quicker information processing.

How are left-handed people's brains different? ›

Left-handedness was associated with differences in brain asymmetry in areas related to working memory, language, hand control and vision. Some of these brain areas were linked to specific genes. Scientists have long been fascinated by left-handedness.

How rare is a left-handed boy? ›

Approximately 10% of all children are left-handed: about 11% of boys and 9% of girls.

Why are lefties called southpaws? ›

Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw.

How rare is it to have 2 left-handed kids? ›

For example, if both parents are right-handed, there is a 1 in 10 chance of having a left-handed child. If the father is left-handed, the odds are 2 in 10. If the mother is left-handed, the odds rise to 3 in 10. And if both parents are left-handed, the child has a 4 in 10 chance of being left-handed.

Why is my daughter left-handed? ›

A single gene might be passed from parents to children to influence which hand a child favours. If a particular version of this gene is inherited, the child may be more likely to be left-handed, depending on reinforcement and other environmental influences.

What country has most lefties? ›

McManus which found that the Netherlands has one of the world's highest prevalences of left-handedness at 13.23 percent. The United States isn't far behind with a rate of 13.1 percent while neighboring Canada has 12.8 percent.

Is Bill Gates right or left-handed? ›

Innovators. Billionaire Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg are left-handers.

What is Elon Musk's IQ? ›

Elon's IQ is estimated to be around 155, while Albert Einstein's is 160. With such a slight margin, Musk is undoubtedly an incredibly smart person. Who is the smartest person on earth in 2022? Born in 1975 in Adelaide, Australia is a mathematician, Terence Tao with an IQ score of 230.

Is Tesla left-handed? ›

Nikola Tesla

The inventor of the technology needed for alternating current electricity, Tesla was also known to write with his right hand, having been taught to do so as a child despite his innate left-handedness.

Why are left-handers more intelligent? ›

On top of this, left-handers also have a larger corpus callosum – the bundle of nerve cells connecting the two brain hemispheres – which suggests that "left-handers have an enhanced connectivity between the two hemispheres and hence superior information processing", making them faster at processing information than ...

What geniuses are left-handed? ›

Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed. So were Mark Twain, Mozart, Marie Curie, Nicola Tesla and Aristotle.

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Handedness and mathematics

More than 30 years ago, a seminal study claimed left-handedness to be a predictor of mathematical precociousness. The study found that the rate of left-handedness among students talented in mathematics was much greater than among the general population.

Are lefties more creative? ›

According to a 2019 survey of more than 20,000 people, lefties rated themselves as more artistically inclined on a scale of 1 to 100, so it's clear that lefties think they're more creative.

Are left-handers more successful? ›

They earn more

A study of “handedness” by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals the earnings power of highly educated left-handed men was 15 percent greater than that of their right handed peers.

Is pink left-handed? ›

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According to IMDb, Johnny is a right-handed man. The trivia section of his IMDb page mentions many details about him, including which hand he naturally uses in his day-to-day life.

Why is 10% of the population 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.

Are left-handed people better at music? ›

As lefties are right brain dominant, sound is perceived differently by them. They process sounds more slowly than left-brainers. This means that they can pick up nuances in speech and music better, making them great songwriters.

What month has the most left handers? ›

Overall, the months most likely to represent left-handedness were November through January. From February to October, the lefty rate hovered around 8.2 percent. Between the other three months, it shot up to 10.5 percent — a surefire sign the hypothesis had merit.

What hand does Albert Einstein use? ›

There is a persistent popular belief that Einstein was left-handed, but there is no evidence that he was, and the belief has been called a myth. Einstein wrote with his right hand, and authoritative sources state flatly that he was right-handed.

What was Albert Einstein's IQ? ›

2. Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science whose estimated IQ scores range from 205 to 225 by different measures. He is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 which has been called the world's most famous equation.

Was Isaac Newton left-handed? ›

Coincidentally, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein were all lefties.

Do left-handed people think faster? ›

A study published in the journal Neuropsychology in late 2006 suggests that left-handed people are faster at processing multiple stimuli than righties.

Who is left-handed famous? ›

Lefties are often considered creative, so it's no surprise that many famous inventors and great minds were left-handed, including Einstein, Marie Curie, Ben Franklin, and Henry Ford. Bill Gates is also a southpaw.

Do left handers hear differently? ›

Lefties Hear Speeches Differently

The left hemisphere, which controls the right hand, likes rapidly-changing sounds like consonants, while the right hemisphere, which controls the left hand, likes slowly-changing sounds like syllables or intonation.

What is a left-handed brain? ›

The Left-Handed Brain

Handedness is a form of functional hemispheric asymmetries that establish differences between the left and right sides of the brain. Studies are inconsistent in their findings of whether structural make-up in the brain contributes to handedness.

What is a left brained person like? ›

What are "left-brained" people like? They are described as logical, analytical, and orderly. The theory suggests that people who are left-brain dominant do well in careers that involve linear thinking, math, and verbal information, such as an accountant, scientist, or computer programmer.

Is Justin Bieber left-handed? ›

Justin Bieber is left-handed.

"Basically when I started playing the guitar, I picked up a right-handed guitar. 'Cause that was all ... my mom had a right-handed guitar in the house. And picked it up and I picked it up left-handed. My mom would switch it the other way.

Why are babies born left-handed? ›

In 2007, scientist Clyde Francks discovered a gene responsible for handedness. He named this gene LRRTM1, and he determined that it is passed down from the father. He believes this gene is responsible for making children left-handed or right-handed. The two sides of the brain have very specific functions.

Should I worry if my child is left-handed? ›

Left-handedness is now accepted as a completely normal aspect of a child's development. A child's handedness will be fixed before they're born and won't be immediately apparent when they are an infant. Experts believe that if both parents are left-handed there is a 50-50 chance that a child will be left-handed too.

How do you tell if my kid is left-handed? ›

Give your little one a spoon to eat with or a pencil to write with. Observe which hand she is using for eating or writing. If it's the left hand all the time, then it's confirmed that she is left handed. Also, 'handedness' in a child can be determined by observing her leg activities.

What are lefties called? ›

What Does Southpaw Mean? A southpaw is simply a person who is left handed. It is most often used in sports to describe a person who hits or throws with their left hand.

Do southpaws have an advantage? ›

Fighting in a southpaw stance is believed to give the fighter a strategic advantage because of the tactical and cognitive difficulties of coping with a fighter who moves in a mirror-reverse of the norm.

What percentage of world is left-handed? ›

-Counting how many people are left-handed is more difficult than it looks, because of variations in preference and skill from task to task and because of left-handers having been forced to write with their right hand, but the best estimate we have is that roughly 10% of the world population is left-handed.

Which is better lefty or righty? ›

Both left-handed pitchers and batters do better in baseball. Since the majority of hitters are right-handed, lefty pitchers are considered valuable. A curveball from a left-hander breaks inside on a righty – a harder pitch to hit.

What does it mean when your left-handed? ›

Someone who is left-handed uses their left hand rather than their right hand for activities such as writing and sports and for picking things up.

What are the chances of being a lefty? ›

In fact, about 1 in 10 people are left-handed, according to the latest research. Also, left-handedness tends to be more common in men than in women. Being a lefty is also a family affair. A Scientific American Mind article states that two-right handed parents have a 9.5 percent chance of having a left-handed child.

What hand did Albert Einstein write with? ›

Handedness. There is a persistent popular belief that Einstein was left-handed, but there is no evidence that he was, and the belief has been called a myth. Einstein wrote with his right hand, and authoritative sources state flatly that he was right-handed.

Why do lefties throw differently? ›

There are countless ways to move the ball and each pitcher has his own unique way. The increased movement of a left handed pitcher's fastball is a product of their intent and focus to throw the ball down and away from right handed hitters, plain and simple!

What pitches should a lefty throw? ›

Many left-handed pitchers are noted for their off-speed pitches, particularly at the major league level. However, a young left-handed pitcher should be encouraged to go after the batter with a good, hard fastball, a sharp breaking curve and perhaps one off-speed pitch to keep the batter off balance.

Are lefties more creative? ›

According to a 2019 survey of more than 20,000 people, lefties rated themselves as more artistically inclined on a scale of 1 to 100, so it's clear that lefties think they're more creative.

Who is left-handed famous? ›

Lefties are often considered creative, so it's no surprise that many famous inventors and great minds were left-handed, including Einstein, Marie Curie, Ben Franklin, and Henry Ford. Bill Gates is also a southpaw.

Do left handers hear differently? ›

Lefties Hear Speeches Differently

The left hemisphere, which controls the right hand, likes rapidly-changing sounds like consonants, while the right hemisphere, which controls the left hand, likes slowly-changing sounds like syllables or intonation.

How rare is it to have 2 left-handed kids? ›

For example, if both parents are right-handed, there is a 1 in 10 chance of having a left-handed child. If the father is left-handed, the odds are 2 in 10. If the mother is left-handed, the odds rise to 3 in 10. And if both parents are left-handed, the child has a 4 in 10 chance of being left-handed.

How rare is a left-handed twin? ›

Left-handedness is more likely to occur in twins than in single individuals. Only about 10% of people in the general population are left-handed. But about 17% of all twins are left-handed.

What country has most lefties? ›

McManus which found that the Netherlands has one of the world's highest prevalences of left-handedness at 13.23 percent. The United States isn't far behind with a rate of 13.1 percent while neighboring Canada has 12.8 percent.

What was Albert Einstein's IQ? ›

2. Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science whose estimated IQ scores range from 205 to 225 by different measures. He is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 which has been called the world's most famous equation.

Was Tesla left-handed? ›

Nikola Tesla was reportedly born left-handed. He was left-handed as a child and taught himself to also use his right hand.

Was Isaac Newton left-handed? ›

Coincidentally, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein were all lefties.

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