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famous left handed peopleMust be something going on in my mind about my dad. My last article was inspired by his tattoo. This one is about left-handers, which my dad was. I remember him telling me stories of how when he was a kid, they tried to force him to do everything right-handed. Apparently there was a time when being left-handed meant you had the devil in you or something like that. It was quite a big deal back in the day!

Now, I am right-handed, at every activity except one – shooting a rifle. That’s about the most awkward thing I think you can do left-handed, and it was a pain in the neck (literally) when I was in the military. Hot casings popping out and going down my shirt. Ouch!

Anyway, that’s what lead me to look for great websites for the southpaws in our society. And away we go!

Famous Left Handed People

famous left handed peopleIf you’re a southpaw, you’re in good company – there are many famous left handed people. Not just famous boxers and pitchers either, who took a supposed handicap and made it into their commodity. Five out of the last seven U.S. Presidents have signed their executive orders with their left hands. Maybe there is something to that ‘devil’ thing. Just kidding, Mr. Secret Service man. Please take off the latex glove. Seriously though, I do think Mr. Obama is a pretty cool guy, regardless of his politics.

There have been some famous actors as well. Did you know Joey Lawrence is a lefty? Whoa! Cary Grant made the ladies swoon with the soft touch of his left hand. Jim Henson, the creator of Muppets had his left hand up the posterior of Kermit, who, coincidentally, is also a lefty. Who knew? Oh and Angelina Jolie is left handed too. I only mention that because I think she’s the second hottest woman on Earth. My sweetie is first of course.

Left Handers Day

famous left handed peopleWhy shouldn’t Lefties have a day of their own? Every other day is dominated by the Righties. Look at them using scissors so smuggly. No ink stain on the edge of their oh-so-precious right hands. Left Hand Day is August the 13th, just in case you were wondering. The Left Hand Day web site has way more to offer than just that though. They have some great quizzes, lots of funny lefty jokes and stories, a left-hand-store.

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The left-hander facts were pretty cool too. Did you know that Lefties usually reach puberty about 4-5 months earlier than Righties? They also have a higher incidence of dyslexia. Which is interesting because my sweetie is left-handed, dyslexic and definitely sexier than a right hander like me.

Rosemary West’s Left-Handed Page

left handed researchRosemary, Rosemary’s Baby, devil…left-handed. I’m telling you, there’s something there! Rosemary has taken the time to get a good blog going where people are encouraged to contribute questions and articles. This site is pretty enlightening about the plight of lefties. There’s a story from a 13 year old who was forced to be a righty, but has never sucessfully adapted. Now, he’s trying to foster his left-handedness and is struggling. With the importance of writing in school, you can see how difficult something like this could make your life.

There’s also a note about a $100,000 scholarship for lefties. Very cool. After reading the 13 -year-old’s story, you can definitely see where there would be a need for something like this.

Handedness Research Institute

left handed researchThe HRI’s mandate is to advance the scientific understanding about the facts of handedness (left-handed, right-handed,
and mixed manual preferences) and help alleviate the social and educational discrimination of left-handers worldwide through research and education.  It’s a very extensive site with well-researched articles that the academic or layperson can learn from.

HRI supports a Research Fellow and Internship program for those studying handedness. Perhaps even more useful to the average person is their rich section on educational resources, including the Homework Help section.

Crochet Lessons for Left-Handers

left handed researchBrought to you by the Crochet Guild of America, these visual lessons for lefties should get you making afghans in no time. Did you even know there was a Crochet Guild? This site bears merit to be in here for several reasons. It should encourage other craft guilds to put together something like this for Lefties. For many true crafts, the numbers of people doing them are dropping off. Why not tap into that 10% of the population and gain some grateful adherents? If I’ve learned anything from my sweetie, it’s that Lefties are passionate!

I hope you have enjoyed my selection of left-handed sites. Perhaps you’ll find them as fascinating as I did, and as insightful into the lives of people who do things just a tad differently than most. It’s a great world because nobody is the same.

Image Credit: Hortulus

  1. arkam
    November 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I am also a lefty but a bit ambidextrous like batting and writing arabic,i use my right. i can exactly say that we are gifted coz i find all lefties are in some way exclusively talented. 90% of us are talented on the other hand 75% of righties are dum buggers!!!!!

  2. Scott Devine
    November 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    OK. My reason for being on here today is I am looking for an actual official advocacy group. WHY? I am left handed. It set me back and when I was YOUNG (along time ago) they tried to get me to switch hands. my Mom would not allow it. Now, I have a 6 year old daughter who is also left handed and VERY creative like me. Her school trats her VERY unfairly and even held her back as a result of her writing skills. Does any of this sound familiar to you? I am in the media somewhat and just may decide this is my real purpose in life and make it my mission to get special grants, conditions for selected people, educational differences and to help educate people to realize we are very different. We need a voice. Advocacy needs to happen for us and we even need to develop scholarships for left-handed people.

    Please, email me your thoughts and support to: lefthandedadvocacy@gmx.com

    A website JUST for us lefties will be coming SOON!

  3. 1fastbullet
    October 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    "Hot casings popping out and going down my shirt."

    I thoought you were talking about shooting when you must have been talking about sausages.

    Rifle Cartridges don't have casings- They have CASES.

    • Guy McDowell
      October 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

      I think this is one of those American English/Canadian English things. That's how they were referred to in all of my training. Kind of a silly thing to pick on in an article, isn't it?

      Much like how in Canada girls put elastics in their hair, while in parts of the U.S., elastics are the band on your underwear.

  4. Mischa
    September 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I'm a lefty and all I can say is that there are exceptional gifted people - right-handed ones.

    I have 5 siblings, all of them right-handed, I'm good at things they're good at - but they're better than me. I can say I'm a jack of all trades, but as the saying goes further down, "master of none". Proud to make up the remaining 8% though.

    And I say lefties don't get laid often unlike their righty friends.

    Source: Personal experience (but maybe I'm a rare case..:D)

    • Guy McDowell
      September 9, 2009 at 5:32 am

      Mischa, that's....unusually insightful! About the sex life, that is.

      From my experience, it usually works out better to be a generalist than a specialist. Don't sweat it.

  5. John Hayes
    September 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    "They also have a higher incidence of dyslexia. Which is interesting because my sweetie is left-handed, dyslexic and definitely sexier than a right hander like me."

    That is another dyslexia myth , It was assumed to be true just like there are more dyslexic boys than girls.

    When handedness was actually the point of dyslexia and handedness the best correlation with dyslexia was ambidexterity with no higher rate for lefties or righties .

    • Jasmino924
      September 8, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      I am proud that I'm a lefty and a smart one at that. I am certainly not dyslexic and I'm smarter than aprrox. 65% of my entire year group if not more.

    • Guy McDowell
      September 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm

      John, what you say makes sense. I've also heard the same thing about deaf people being more likely to be illiterate, but it's not true. They just process the words differently than hearing folk. And the our educational systems don't recognize that.

  6. Anything
    September 8, 2009 at 3:07 am

    there's also one famous person in this world......yeah!! that is ME....hehehe...joking..."i support pooks comment"

  7. Pooks
    September 8, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Left-handers are the only ones in their right minds. :)

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