Skip to comments.Left Handers Day [Always on August 13th]
Posted on 08/13/2007 9:29:03 AM PDT by Daffynition
Left Handers Day
When: Always on August 13th
If you are a Leftie, Then Left Handers Day is just for you!
Left Handers, also commonly referred to as Southpaws, are the brunt of more than their share of jokes all year long. How do I know? Yup, you guessed it! It ain't easy being a leftie. But those of us who are, would have it no other way. Lefties are proud of it.
The world is built for right handers. Examples are everywhere. For example:
Did you Know? Right handed people operate in the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side. Therefore, only left handed people are in their right mind.
Left Hander's certainly earned the right to have a day dedicated to them. And, August 13th is that day. So take a minute to appreciate your left handed friends and loved ones. Don't forget to send them a Left Handed Day Ecard to show your respect.
Remember today and every day: "Lefties have rights!"
Left Handed Facts and Trivia:
Think about it: Everyone is a Left Hander in Left Hand, West Virginia.
Lefthander's Slogan: "Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it". ...Brilliant Author unknown
I’m a leftie drove my dad crazy teaching me how to bat, swing a 20oz hammer, and tie my shoes but I overcame can’t do much with my right hand but move a mouse.
That is a left handed person not a lefty in the political sense....”shudder”
I’m ambidextrose - I can eat sugary snacks equally well with either hand...
Yes they do. I had to sit at one once, and then I knew how the lefties felt.
I have left handed scissors and made my wife select a silver pattern with a two sided gravy ladle.
Most measuring devices, including all tape measures are made for right handers. For a lefty, the numbers are upside down
I did have some classes in college with left handed desks but they were always in the back of the room.
Until my mother died, she was apologetic for my being left handed.
Cool. I’m an ambidextrousconversationalist ... able to carry on two conversations at the same time.
LOL - just as long as you don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth! :-B
Well, well, well....(chuckle)
I actually have a left-handed mouse. It’s a Logitech, and I bought it in 1997. They don’t make em anymore. I’m still using it. Doesn’t have the scroll wheel or any of those nifty new features, but I can live without those :)
Cool! I never heard of this, but it will make my grandson happy.
My mom was ambidextrous as is my grandson. Both write left handed. My cousin was totally left handed, and we had to make sure we sat with her to my left every Thanksgiving, otherwise we were bumping elbows through the whole meal!
We recently purchased a Logitech left-hand mouse with a scroll wheel for my boss. I just googled “left-handed mouse” to find it.
When I attended the U of Southern Miss in the late ‘80s I had several classes in College Hall. I was happy to find one left-handed desk which I carried with me from room to room for the semester.
I always say my “handedness” is the only thing “left” about me.
I have a left-handed mouse as well (which really screws up the IT guys when they have to work on my computer, LOL!). I really, really want to get a wireless ergonomic keyboard with a wireless left-handed mouse, but apparently nobody makes them. I don’t get why such an significant part of the market is being ignored.
The areas where things are a little dicey for lefties is using a circular or jigsaw (the sawdust comes out on the wrong side right into your face, or the blade protection is on the wrong side), and driving a straight stick where your non-dominant hand is used to shift the gears. I’d probably LOVE driving a stick in Britain.
Dyslexic lefties UNTIE!
I’m an admin and have answered phones most of my career and they all are designed for Right Handers - the receiver is always on the left (they assume you’ll pick it up with your left hand so that your right hand is free to write down anything of importance)...
Leftie here! heres the latest leftie mouse... http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mice/devices/168&cl=us,en
I want a mouse with side buttons for my Battlefield game but it seems this is my only choice. I’m pissed they don’t make their higher models leftie.
Leftie here!! Left-handed, that is, not politically LOL. I broke my left wrist last year and was pretty much SOL for the 10 weeks in a cast. I can’t do anything with my right hand.
There's something about you quirky lefties. ;-)
Because we have had to learn to approach the world differently and create our own way of doing things, I think we’re more independent as a whole, and more open to quirky and creative approaches.
Just my not-so-humble opinion, LOL!
Because their brains are organised differently, left-handers see and think differently and can get some very different results from various "brain tests", usually doing very well on tests that involve creative thinking or unraveling complex images and manipulating 3D images. Here's a famous test of creativity - have a look at the image below:
A non-creative right handed brain sees only a hodgepodge of disconnected shapes, but the left-handed brain can go beyond logic and find the connecting concept that makes sense of the shapes. If you can't "see" beyond the shapes, it's because your right-handed brain is trying to solve the problem and won't let your left-handed brain have a go. If you still can't see the picture, the answer is at the bottom of this page **
The left-handed brain's mastery of the visual has an important benefit - it can "see" three dimensionally. In Thurston's hand test, you are asked to identify which pictures are of left hands and which are of right hands. Your right-handed brain is at a loss to handle this problem, but your left-handed brain can actually rotate these drawings in imaginary space to solve the test - have a go!
Here's another example showing how your left-handed brain can even create things that don't exist. If you can see the white triangle - the one with its apex pointing up - it's because your left-handed brain has created that triangle to unify what is otherwise simply a collection of angles and PacMan shapes. There is, in fact, no white triangle there.
** The picture in the first brainteaser is of a dog drinking from a stream, with its head in the middle of the picture facing down to the water and its tail off to the right.
Wheeeee!! I actually did see that dog drinking.
Now I finally see the damned dog. Took long enough. LOL.
I’ve heard that lefties have minimal brain disfunction, that their mother had too much testosterone in the brain, and that everyone who is left handed had a twin who died in utero unless the leftie has a surviving twin.
Lefties likely to die six years earlier than if they were right handed which works for me since my husband is six years older than me and right handed. I’m very left handed and right eyed which means actually that everything is controlled on the right side of my brain.
When we were in Ireland, my right handed husband and son would not let me drive. I think that they were afraid I would take over the world if I was able to shift with my left hand. hehe.
What about those of us “Lefties” that have been FORCED to be “Righties” under the ignorant dictatorship of our parents and grandparents who thought it was a crime in the past to be a “Leftie?”
We deserve a day of recognition, too!
I swear I’m a “Leftie.” I do nearly everything left handed (reaching for stuff, dealing cards, buttering my bagel in the morning, picking my nose, etc.) other than writing...and my handwriting is SO bad it’s embarrassing!
Is there no “Day” for me? *SNIF*
I still don’t know my left from my right hand. I have a mole in my right hand but I still have to check it and if I’m not able to and in a car for example and someone says, turn right, I have to think about it and probably look at my hands before I really know which way to turn.
I also see the dog but it took me three looks and knowing what to look for. Are there people out there who cannot see it? I definitely see the white triangle and I think I saw most of the hands correctly.
Please feel free to call yourself a leftie. Anyone who picks his/her nose with the left hand is, by definition, a leftie — no, wait, I use my right hand. ???? what’s with that? But my poor grandmother had a hard time teaching me, her only granddaughter, to sew and knit.
My MIL is going through the same thing with her ONE Granddaughter (out of 14 kids, total) who is a Lefty. But, they’re both very determined “crafters” so I think all will end well. :)
My granddaughter is left handed too. And since we’re not biologically related, I consider it simply a gift of God.
My right-handed mother threw up her hands and refused to teach me to sew or knit because it was all “backwards” to her. So I had to go underground and find my own teachers (LOL!), who all shook their heads at my nonconformist way of doing things, even though they taught me the traditional way. (Nobody has figured out how I do what I do when I knit, for example, and I cannot explain it.)
Kewl! I got all the hands right, and the white triangle, but it took me awhile to see the dog.
Trouble seeing the dog but the hands and triangles were no problem. Hard-core leftie here. Had troubles learning to back up looking over my right shoulder instead of left, learning to use the right foot for car pedals, learning to do marching drills starting with the right foot, learning to knit and crochet.
I have a wireless mouse because the wire got fatigued from being transferred from left to right of my home computer (I am the only leftie in the family.) I operate a ten-key calculator with my left hand and cuss the number keypad on my keyboard because it’s on the wrong side.
Once while playing softball without a leftie mitt, I chased after a fly to outfield and got so excited I ripped off my mitt while I was running and caught it barehanded. My usual style was to catch a ball, grab it with my right hand, thrust the mitt under my right underarm to rip it off, transfer the ball to my left hand and only then throw it. My softball career was mercifully short ;o)
I also write backwards more easily than forwards. My mind just flips and I don’t have to think about forming the letters backwards. And it is so much easier to write with the fist preceding the letters than dragging behind. I have excellent spatial perception.
Guess I’m just leftie through and through.
Yay! I’m a leftie! (But not politically.)
A similar thing happened to me, only with the other “paw.” They say if you want to make yourself more “awake” that you should use your opposite hand for a while; I think it works.
So THAT’s why I can’t use the number pad on my keyboard! I’d always wondered, LOL! And now you’ve made me think about trying writing backwards; it sounds really neat.
My penmanship is very good, thanks to a teacher who recommended to my parents to get a chalkboard at home for practice. I neither curl my hand down and backwards, as some do, (which must be tiring), nor drag my hand across the page.
I saw the SAME thing in that picture. Does it mean that we are complicit in the murder?
I drag my fist behind me so occasionally I would smear liquid ink. Just lazy I guess. I had an elementary school principal who, believe it or not, had a minor in penmanship. He had me come to his office each day after school and I would practice my letters. By the time I made it to middle school, I won the school-wide penmanship contest. Got a neato transister radio, too. This was in the mid-sixties.
If I had the number keypad on the left side of my computer, I would actually use the calculator function on it and be in “high cotton”. As it is, I keep a ten-key nearby or scrunch over like I did with right-hand lecture chairs. I have actually tried using the keypad with my right hand, and the ten-key at the right side of my desk at work with my right hand but it gives me a headache. I also rarely use the full function of my mouse. Just adjusting, I guess.
Have fun writing backwards. Maybe our minds do rotate better than righties.
You should see how I write. The old curled wrist. People gape so much I should charge them to see it.
I read somewhere that lefties who write that way were meant to be right-handers but suffered some kind of brain damage in utero. Lefties who write "normally" -- like righties, only the opposite hand -- are genetically left-handed.
I'm what you call a "pathological" left-hander.
To my fellow southpaws I suggest THE LEFT-HANDER SYNDROME, by Stanley Coren. It's discomfiting, to say the least.
My theory on the curly-handed writers was that in the first grade or kindergarten when the teacher said to tilt your paper to the left, that’s exactly what lefties did. And the only way a leftie can write on the lines of a left-tilted paper is backhanded. But then that’s just my right-brained theory.
Of course my paper tilted to the right and I was occasionally the target of cheaters in school. Once, in college, a professor told me he thought he had identified a cheater who constantly targeted me (I was a fairly good student) so he asked me to mark the multiple-choice test off one (if the answer was A, I was to mark B, etc.). He assured me he would grade my exam by hand rather than by computer. After the exam, I asked the professor whether his strategy worked. He just smiled.
My 7 year old daughter is left-handed. I’m ambidextrous.