25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People

Neal Beedie December 17, 2010 360

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?

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  1. pearleen May 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Can I say that I am a weird lefty? I suck at imagination…. I play games including sports wif my right hand…

  2. Andrew June 1, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I’m left handed, and I’m very good at sports, problem solving, math. I am also an inventor.

  3. Dallas June 6, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I am a lefty I had teachers when I was n grade school try 2 change me from being a lefty 2 a righty the only thing I cn do wit my left hand is eat n write n I do everything else wit my right hand

  4. Lisa June 14, 2014 at 12:40 am - Reply

    I don’t believe it my great grandfather was the only one in my family till me that was left handed. He out lived everyone in my family by age he lived to be 104

  5. mandy June 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I’m a lefty, I do everything right handed except write. Weird? Nope not where I come from. We had 2 leftys in my school growing up, me and another girl, so there was no one to teach us the right “lefty” way!

    • parrish June 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      hello mandy if you are a left handed kid are you good at math do you have a good imagination well I do and all my grades are 100 well right now im not in America well im in Iran the place of the best volleyball youi now were the best well what were we talking about ohhh yes about left handed guys well did you know that left handed kids are more scared than the American right haders well in iran its ecaxtly the opposite

  6. parrish June 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    im a left handed kid I play soccer with my left foot I write with my left hand and iv been in space you now the one about the smarter kids than the other so that means im cool right

  7. Aixa June 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    I’m lefty and I’m proud that can be different I feel thing energies I’m very spiritual I am artist live art music and I invent things and my husband his lefty too :) the bad part it’s that I have dyslexia but it’s all good I’m smart one own ways :) I can even predict things that will happen but I just find out. I’m good in logic and more positive things I’m also ambidextrous that help a lot on this right hand world. Proud and happy to born with this gift thanx to my lefty mom! :)

  8. Finite Full July 20, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    oh im proud to be a left handed :)

  9. Danny July 27, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I am 100% left handed and I am very good with imaginations, pictures just come right upfront at beckon, I am good in maths, drawings. I am an introvert i also have anxiety and nerve problem. I can’t express myself verbally and I find it hard to recall words and facts. Anybody with similar problems?

    • Neal Beedie July 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      I can associate with most of what you’ve said, apart from being good at maths :P

  10. Jamie Grech July 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Anyone else have terrible bother using scissors as a lefty? I’m a med student, and it can be very embarrassing when you can’t cut a suture when a surgeon asks you to…

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