Thank goodness for the advent of typewriters and computers.  Do you know what it’s like to constantly have ink up and down the outer palm of your hand?  But that’s just one of the consequences that comes with being left-handed.   And, of course, there were the other stigmas throughout history.  People thought being left-handed was the mark of the devil, a sign of someone with a penchant for criminal activity and utter rebellion and associated with someone who is gay.  Maybe we even give palm-readers a run for their money?  Who knows!

The point is — we are people just like anyone else.  But, we are a bit odd.  And that conclusion is backed by scientific research.  So here are 5 Things That Make Left-Handed People Strange.

1.) We’re A Big Minority: Only 10 -12 percent of the population is left-handed and it seems to be more common in men.  As if we needed one more thing for women to find wrong with us!  Just kidding!!  But seriously — we are born that way.  And considering we write with one hand or the other (unless you’re ambidextrous) it is a bit odd that an overwhelming majority end up right-handed.

2.) We’re Adapters: When is the last time you extended your left hand during a handshake exchange while meeting someone new?  You haven’t…probably.  Left-handed people have learned to just do it right-handed because we’ve adapted to the predominant way.  And there are many of us left-handed people who do things right handed because, even to us, doing it left-handed feels odd.  For example, I bat right-handed, not left-handed.  And, left-handed scissors?!! No way — I can only cut right handed.

3.) We Die Younger: AHHH!! What?!  According to http://www.randomfacts.com, research has indicated that left-handed people may die as many as nine years earlier than right-handed people.  I have no idea if this is true.  But if it is – maybe it’s because we’re more exhausted from all the adapting to a right-handed world we do on a daily basis.

4.) We Are Misunderstood: And that just plain sucks.  But it’s your loss if you’re right-handed. Left-handed people are often the uber creative types and see the world from a unique perspective.  In a professional setting, we make good marketers, event planners, etc.  This drives right-handed people crazy because left-handed professionals can spit out idea after idea and come up with clever ways to execute plans.  We are a good asset — and we’re proud of it!

5.) We’re Smarter:  Sorry, but we are — according to research.  In fact, tests conducted by St. Lawrence University in NY found there were more left-handed people with an IQ above 140.  But listen dummies — I mean right-handed people…left-handed people appreciate your ability to analyze things better and stay more calm than we can.  And I was kidding about right-handed people being dummies.  If you were smart, you would know I was just playing. haha!

The list goes on and on.  We’re a rare breed.  It’s not our fault.  If you see your child trying to write with his or her left-hand — let him or her be!  Don’t force the use of the right hand.  I promise, you will end up with a really clever, unique kid who will appreciate your non-meddling later in life.  By the way, did you know that four out of the five Presidents from Reagan to present are left-handed? Below is the list of recent south paw presidents.

RECENT LEFT-HANDED PRESIDENTS:

  • Barack Obama
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • Ronald Reagan

 

OTHER FAMOUS SOUTH PAWS:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Eminem
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Paul McCartney
  • Sarah Jessica-Parker
  • Jennifer Lawrence