Today, August 13, is International Left Handers Day. It was first observed in 1976 and is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world – only 7-10% of the world’s population is left-handed. They have to adapt to use right-handed tools and objects in today’s society and this day celebrates their uniqueness and differences.
Left-handed people are right-brained (the side that is all about creativity). They are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits. Did you know that left-handed people may be more likely to develop schizophrenia because of their enhanced creativity and imagination? Stuttering and dyslexia also occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand when they’re young). They usually have higher IQ, are better at multi-tasking and also have better memories. Another strange fact – they adjust more easily to seeing underwater.
There are many famous people that are left-handed. Especially American Presidents, for some reason – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Gerald Ford, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover and James Garfield. Some famous left-handed artists include Leonardo di Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Aristotle, Vincent van Gogh; musicians include Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, David Bowie, Eminem, Noel Gallagher, George Michael, Sting; footballers include Lionel Messi, Pele, Maradona, Bobby Charlton; comedians include Jerry Seinfeld, Charlie Chaplain, Jay Leno; geniuses include Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Alan Turing. Even billionaires Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are all left-handed. But let’s talk actors, below is a list of 10 world famous left-handers:
Robert De Niro