Did You Know?…(5)

Did you know….

    • It is estimated that 10% of all humans are left-handed. Interesting tidbit: 50% of Cats are left- handed. Who knew?
    • Lefthandedness tends to run in families. The British royal family has several lefties which include: the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
    • You are 50% more likely to be a ‘southpaw’ if one of your parents is left-handed.
    • Men are more likely to be lefties.
    • Left-handed people are more likely to have an IQ score above 131 and are more apt to be the genius in the family. Lefties are often known to be math wizzes. The Neuropyschology journal published in 2006, indicates that left-handed people process stimuli faster than right-handed people. The Australian National University(ANU), conducted research that supports earlier studies that demonstrate left-handed people use both hemispheres of the brain to process language, whereas, right-handed people tend to primarily use the left hemisphere. Further research supports the hypothesis that people who write using their left hand, most likely have brains that are better suited to bi-hemisphere, simultaneous processing of information.
    • Lefties are said to be better at competitive sports. The Puzzle of Left-Handedness created by Rik Smits, implies that this is because left-handed athletes receive more chances to practice with right-handed opponents.
    • The last 3 out of 4 commander in chiefs are all left-handed: George Bush, Sr., Bill Clinton, and current President Barack Obama.
    • August 13th is Left-handers Day and was launched in 1996.

I am not left-handed, but all of these points are very interesting to me. Especially, considering my son is a leftie. I’m sure he will find this information encouraging to say the least. How about you?

By Sylvia Porter-Hall

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ubecute
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 22:40:56

    Wish I were a leftie…lol!

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  2. D'aller Naturel
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 00:31:15

    Interesting. One of my brothers is a leftie. Though highly intelligent, he is not the genius of the family. That title is reserved for our older right-handed brother lol. He is not what you’d typically refer to as an athlete (we used to call him Urkel when we were younger), but he is good at hiking and kayaking. Interestingly enough, all 3 of us use both hemispheres of our brain equally (per tests) and we’re all good at math. 🙂

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  3. sporterhall
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 04:56:24

    Now, this is interesting. I did find that my family also fell outside of the lines of the research I did. I said in the post that a person is 50% more likely to be left-handed if one of their parents are, and that women who have children in their twenties, are more apt to have left-handed babies. Well, I am 1 of 5, 2 of my sisters and my brother are all left handed. Neither of my parents are lefties. I have one son who is left handed. Neither myself nor his dad is left-handed. Also, I had my son when I was in my twenties. One of my sisters and my brother(both lefties) are more mathematically inclined then my other 2 sisters and myself.(all right-handed) Math is not my strong suit, but I tend to do well on testing in this area. All very interesting when compared to the research. Thank you as always for your comments/feedback. I truly appreciate it :). .

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