Are you left-handed? If so, have you ever considered why there are more right handed people in the world than left handed?
One theory is that the disadvantages faced by left handed individuals related to their fitness - as ancestrally the world has been geared towards right handers. In evolutionary terms this put them at a disadvantage. If that is the case then why does left handedness remain, even if it is in the minority?
Another theory is that what started out as a disadvantage in certain situations could actually work as an advantage as the right hander would not know how to deal with a left hander in battle.
So for instance, in close combat right-handed people are unfamiliar with fighting the rare left-handed opponents, while left-handed people are relatively more familiar with fighting the more common right-handed opponents. The left handers having to fight mostly right handed people would, for once be at an advantage, but similarly they too would be at a disadvantage fighting another left hander as the techniques would be unfamiliar to them too.
There are lot of theories and myths surrounding how left handers operate, these are some of the more common ones:
- 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-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
- Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing
- Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers
- 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.
- Left-handers are generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative and multi-talented than right handers - based on discussions among members of the Left-Handers Club! :)
Visit the Left Handers Day website for all things left-handed!