The picture to your left is, "The Left Hand" by french sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
I am left handed. My mother was left handed, also. The definition of left handedness is the preference for the left hand over the right for everyday activities.
Did you know that being left handed is more common in males than females and approximately thirteen percent of the world population is left handed.
Some believe that it is inherited and some believe that it comes from your environment. It does run in families but not one of my three children is left handed.
In the Middle Ages the devil was considered a southpaw and left-handed people lived in danger of being accused of practicing witchcraft.
I bet you did not know that August 13th is National Left-Handers' Day!
Some fascinating facts about left handed people:
Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.
Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handed people particularly if they are made to try and change to their right hand.
Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.
Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers.
Four of the five original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed - 250% more than the normal level.
Years ago, when my mother attended school, they tied her left hand behind her and tried to make her write with her right hand.
I write and eat with my left hand but most other things are done with my right hand. I have always had trouble with scissors, butter knives, and the hand can openers.
Here is a funny story about Burger King and The Left-Handed Whopper:
Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.). However, the left-handed whopper had "all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger."
Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing at Burger King, was quoted as saying that the new sandwich was the "ultimate 'HAVE IT YOUR WAY' for our left-handed customers." The advertisement then noted that the left-handed Whopper would initially only be available in the United States, but that the company was "considering plans to roll it out to other countries with large left-handed populations." The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version!!!!!!
Some presidents of the United States that were left handed include:
James A. Garfield
Harry S. Truman
George H.W. Bush
The presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain are both left handed.
Are you left handed, or do you have left handed friends and family?
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