Compiled by Karen Evans
Being left-handed means you belong to a select group of people in this world; approximately 9% of the world's population is left-handed. Twice as many men as women are left-handed; although there is no conclusive answer as to why someone is left or right-handed.
Using the left hand has often been associated with being evil or sinister. Portraits often show the devil as being left-handed. The devil is said to watch us over our left shoulder. In ancient cultures, the wedding ring was often placed on the left hand to ward off evil spirits. Apparently, one can see ghosts by looking over the left shoulder.
Myths about left-handedness include the idea that getting out of bed on the left means a bad day. If you do not like the person you are toasting, give a left-handed toast; it is equal to a curse.
Facts about left-handedness include the following:
Most left-handed people draw figures facing right.
Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handed people.
Lefties adjust more easily to seeing underwater.
Lefties excel in tennis, swimming, baseball and fencing.
Left-handed people are more prone to allergies.
As many as 20% of MENSA members are left-handed.
Left-handed people are six times more likely to die in an accident and four times more likely to die while driving.
Left-handed people include John Dillinger, Billy the Kid, Jack the Ripper, Napoleon, Aristotle and Helen Keller.
All is not lost, left-handed people are considered more creative, intelligent and modest than any other group of people.