25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People

Neal Beedie December 17, 2010 343

Let’s take a quick break from guitars and talk about being left handed in general for a change.  I’ve put together a list of 25 interesting left handed facts, from the funny to the weird and everything in between.

One really interesting factoid that I picked up was from a scientist who believed that left handed people tended to be more independent as a result of having to adapt to a world which is largely built for right handed individuals.  Here are a few more fascinating pieces of trivia related to being a lefty…

Scientific Left Handed Facts

  • Make up between 5% and 10% of the population (depending on who you ask)
  • More likely to have allergies
  • More prone to migraines
  • More likely to be insomniacs
  • Use the right side of the brain the most
  • Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
  • More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
  • Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
  • More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
  • Twice as likely to be a man
  • Better at 3D perception and thinking
  • Better at multi-tasking
  • Live on average 9 years less than right handed people
  • 39% more likely to be homosexual

Interesting Left Handed Trivia

  • Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
  • Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th – International Left Handers Day
  • Draw figures facing to the right
  • Recover from strokes faster
  • More likely to pursue creative careers
  • Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
  • Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
  • On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.

Bizarre Left Handed Statistics

  • Adjust to seeing underwater quicker
  • Less able to roll their tongue than a righty
  • Nails grow faster on the left hand than the right (fingerpicking advantage anyone?)

So we’ll live for nine years less than right handed people huh?  Well the way I see it, that’s nine years less squandering my kids’ inheritance money, living in a nursing home where some teenager cleans up my drool and wipes my arse for me – that’s a plus in my book ;) 

If you have any left handed trivia of your own leave a comment below!  Also be sure to check out our list of 15 Crazy Left Handed Superstitions and Myths!  You may also enjoy our article that looks at some of the theories that attempt to explain Why Are People Left Handed?

343 Comments »

  1. kes watson December 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    yes im a lefty also, might I add we lovers aswell, with our compassionate hands, leftys unite.

  2. rahul chandra December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    i m also a leftie n i m good in learning things more quicker than right handed people earlier i didn’t knew it that how i was capable to do such things but surely i m proud to be a leftie…..

  3. Nathan Thomas December 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I just discovered about a year ago that I could write with my left hand just as well as my right, so I started looking lefty stuff up, and paying attention to which hand I do things with, and have found that I do most things left handed such as: swing a baseball bat, wiping off a counter and when using my hands for support, mostly its the left one. When I eat, I also use my utensils with both hands, it just depends on the meal, but I use one hand throughout the meal. I am the only lefty/righty in my family, so I enjoy using both hands in their presence!

  4. Sami Klaassen January 6, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply

    I’m a leftie, and this is just downright odd.

  5. Trevor January 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I`m not going to drink alcohol but I still have to drink my church`s wine but still I`m going to be the richer thing

  6. Rahul patil January 19, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

    MY hand writting is beautiful and my imagination power great as compare to another

  7. alyssa January 31, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    go lefty!!!!

  8. kally February 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    i am a lefty and it is awesome to be different it makes me feel special plus really clumsy

  9. Jagger February 10, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    This is complete shit

  10. Donna McLain-Dilworth February 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I am lefted-handed and it has always made me feel special. I did hate getting stuck with a right
    handed desk because I had to twist into pretzel
    to write and then got accused of looking at my neighbors paper. My daughter is also left handed
    but both of her sons are right handed.
    I am proud to be a south paw.!

    Donna D in
    BoyneCity, MIchgan

  11. Darius A . Clemons March 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I’m a Lefty, as well. When I went to church, my cousins used to get mad at me for picking up the bass upside-down. It finally paid off. Now, 12 years later, they respect me now. Because it’s very few of us, I’m proud to be a Lefty!!

  12. c.t. morrison March 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    there are two main arteries each feeding the other half of the brain. the one feeding the left brain hemisphere is smaller than the other. fact.
    There fore when the neck is squeezed blood is cut off from that side first which could result in pathological damage

  13. Karin van Breda March 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    In South Africa we change gears of cars with the left hand. I cannot imagine changing gears with my right hand! In that respect I’m very glad to be left handed

    • Nabeel March 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I’m half lefty and i’m confused about it.because i play cricket and write by left hand, Mean while i play tennis and snooker by right hand :p

  14. Joy March 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I’m left handed. I’m a teenager so the last paragraph is a little offensive to me. My sister is right handed. I swam in a lake and I could see more clearly without goggles on than my sister could with goggles. At least I know why.

  15. Andy April 5, 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I’m lefty and my hand righting is beautiful too.. :) I can also draw better than my right handed brother. And i’m proud of that !! :))

    • Neal Beedie April 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      A colleague at work told me last week that he was forced to learn to write right handed at school when they saw he had lefty tendencies. This shocked me because he’s a young guy at only 22. His handwriting is pretty terrible, and I would bet that is why!

  16. karthick April 7, 2014 at 6:27 am - Reply

    this is a boon or bane dilema

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