August 13, 2010: International Lefthander’s Day! Reasons to recognize and celebrate this special holiday
A few semesters ago, I was enrolled in a class called Perspectives on Librarianship and one of the classroom assignments was to get our creative juices flowing by coming up with a advocacy/testimony idea. My first thought was to come up with a clever topic, one that none of my classmates would ever conjure up, not even in a million years. But what subject to tackle? A children’s program? A book drive or club? Movie Night for the LGBT community?
No, none of them would do. So, I thought to myself: What is unique about Michelle? Then I had an epiphany: I’m left-handed, let me see what’s on the Internet concerning lefthanders. After perusing the various websites, I came across a site named “Lefthander’s Day.com.”
Wow, really? There is a holiday that actually recognizes and celebrates the lefties of the world? I didn’t believe it, but sure enough, I discovered it was actually true, much to my delight, I might add, too!
It’s that time of year again. Yes, National Lefthander’s Day is upon us once again and as a valiant lefty, I am proud to inform the world about this wondrous holiday. But first, I’ll share a little history. National Lefthander’s Day was founded by a now defunct organization named Lefthanders International. During their heyday, Lefthanders International provided information for lefties and it also sold left-handed products before closing up shop.
So, now it’s left up to the people who care enough to give this monumental day that all too often goes ignored by society. But, best believe, I have taken on the charge to change this kind of faulty thinking by society-at-large! Just call me “Queen of the Lefties”, chosen by a Higher Power to ensure that the world learns of all things LEFT.
* Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
* There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
* Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).
* Left handed people use the right side of their brain more.
* Left handed people are more likely to learn to be ambidextrous.
* It is said that most left handed people are deeper thinkers and more creative.
* In ancient Peru, it was believed by the Incas that being left-handed was a sign of good luck.
* 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
* 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.
(Some) Famous Lefthanders
President Barack Obama
Cool Quiz: Lefty Facts http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/didyouknow/lefthand2.asp
Famous Lefthanders http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/left.html