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Monday, August 12, 2013

Left-Hander Day is Tomorrow, August 13th

I understand that left-handers' items (left-hand scissors)cost more and are more rare. Since I am right-handed with strong tendencies to use my left hand, I understand a bit of the left-handers dilemma.

Tuesday is your lucky day.

Here a few facts about left handedness:

  • Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.
  • While many people are left handed, very few are 100% left handed. For example, many Left handers golf and bat right handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
  • Lefties are also called "southpaws". The term was coined in baseball to describe a left handed pitcher.
  • Tuesdays are Lefties luck day.
  • Only about 10% of the population is left handed.
  • During the 1600's people, thought left handers were witches and warlocks. 
  • International Left Hander's Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Lefthander's International.
  • They say everyone was born right handed, and only the greatest overcome it. (he,he,he)
  • It is believed that all polar bears are left handed.    
  • There is a rumor that octopuses have but one right hand. Scientists are diligently studying this issue\
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    For some reason, I can only pour from a pitcher or pan with my left hand. I can paint with either hand. If I am painting the trim or wall at the left of a door, I just switch to hold the paint brush in my left hand. My mother pointed out the pot pouring part. Friends pointed out the fact I could paint with my left hand.

    Your turn
    If you are left-handed, are you celebrating tomorrow? Which hand do you use for whatever you do?


    1. I'm a righty, but when I broke my arm (twice!!) as a kid, I learned to use my left for lots of things, including writing.

      My brother was a lefty, but Dad pushed him to use his right hand whenever possible, due to cost of left handed hunting gear... Now he's ambidexteric.

    2. Wendy,
      Twice? Were you very active? Or, just unlucky? I had to write left-handed when I injured my hand as an adult, but could only do it upside down and

    3. Linda - i am ambidextrous. i can do just about everything with either hand. some things i prefer my right hand, some things my left hand. but i can write, paint, pour, etc. with both hands.

      your friend,

    4. Oh, I missed it. :-( I've been left-handed for 3 years. It would have been cool to celebrate it yesterday.

      Some scissor manufacturers have been making scissors that work both left and right handed. I bought a pair when I was right-handed because they were good quality fabric shears, and I needed them, and I got a worker's discount so I could afford them. ;-)

      I didn't care whether or not they worked for either right or left handedness at the time, but now I'm very grateful. Strange how that worked out. :-)

      1. Sue,
        Just celebrate now since you just found out. I did not realize you could not use your right hand. It is good you actually had something you could use now that you are left-handed. Put the day on your calendar for next year.

      2. I will mark it on the calendar, and think about ways to celebrate. Thanks for this information. It's a fun idea. You are always teaching me something!


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