International Left-Handers Day: 10 facts about left handed people

Smudging ink everywhere when learning to write with a fountain pen, needing our own kind of scissors and having to live life in a right handed world, us lefties don’t have it easy but we do get our own day and that just happens to be today – International Left-Handers Day.

To celebrate here’s 10 facts you might not know about left-handed people…

1. Higher risk of insomnia, psychosis and alcoholism

Lefties are more prone to have allergies and migraines, but startling research suggests that they are also more likely to become alcoholics. The right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol, you see.

Also, Yale University researches concluded that around 40 per cent of schizophrenic patients were left-handed.

2. You will live less if you are left-handed

Nine years less according to researchers- uh-oh!

3. But, you will be more creative!

Lefties also tend to be drawn to careers in the arts, music and culture fields.

Tests conducted by New York researches found that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people. Left-handed intellectuals throughout history include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin.

4. Half of cats are left-handed

Lefties may be under-represented in the human species, but felines are making up for it with around 50 per cent of cats are left-handed, according to research.

5. Left handed people are apparently evil

The right hand is mentioned positively 100 times in the Bible, while the left hand is mentioned only 25 times and each occurrence has negative connotations.

Many artistic depictions of the Devil suggest that he is left-handed, too.

6. They hit puberty later than their right-handed counterparts

Lefties reach puberty four to five months after right-handers.

7. Men are more likely to be left-handed

They are twice as likely to be a man.

8. Gay men are even more likely to be left-handed

Left-handed people are 39 per cent more likely to be homosexual.

9. The word left stems from ‘weak’

The English word comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, which translates literally as weak or broken. The German for left-handed is ‘linkisch’, which means awkward or clumsy.

10. Left-handed people scare easier

In a horror movie experiment, left-handers who watched an excerpt The Silence of the Lambs showed more fear than right-handers.

Scientists believe that this may be because the right side of the brain is dominant in lefties and is more involved in fear responses.chroniclelive.co.uk

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