National Left Handers' Day, August 13: 5 things you didn't know about left handed people

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 06:00:18-04

It’s National Left Handers' Day, so we broke down the five things you didn't know about lefties.

1.  Brains

Lefties are smarter than you righties. Twenty percent of Mensa members are left handed, while only 10 percent of the population is left handed. Albert Einstein was a lefty and he was about as smart as one can get.

2.  Tempers

We are moodier than their right handed counterparts. According to a study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, when southpaws are trying to process their moods, there's an imbalance in activity between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The result is more negative emotions.

3.  Athletic

Left handed people won't just outscore you on the SAT's, they will also school you in sports. Researchers found that left-handers may have the advantage in sports that involve two opponents facing each other, such as tennis, boxing and baseball. Part of the reason is that they get more chances to practice against right handed opponents.

4.  Powerful

You don't just choose lefties for your team, you also pick them for president! President Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford were all left handed. It's believed Ronald Reagan was born a lefty, but a schoolteacher converted him to a righty when he was young. We are going to keep him on the left side.

5.  Drinkers

Lefties bend their elbows more than their right handed counterparts. A survey of more than 25,000 people say lefties drink more, though it’s tough to say if it's because of something physical in the brain, or the social stress they feel as part of a minority group.

That’s five things you didn't know about left handed people. High-fives for all!


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