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Some facts about being left-handed, good and not so good, are below the orange squiggle.

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Between 10-12% of people are lefties, more of them men than women.

Some good facts about being left-handed:

Being left-handed is an advantage in certain sports, baseball, fencing, boxing and tennis among them.  

We are better able to multitask.   Researchers found that conversations between the left and right sides of the brain happen more quickly in lefties.

Generally lefties are better at playing video games, because we are better at handling large amounts of stimuli.

Left-handed stroke victims recover from strokes faster than right-handed victims.

It's easier for left-handed people to do research on the computer.   We can search the internet using the mouse in our right hand, and take notes with our left hand.

Left-handed people are more likely to be more visual than language based, making them ideal for artistic or musical pursuits.  

Some well known people we share left-handedness with:

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Prince William, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Michelangelo, Raphael, Mozart, Beethoven, Bill Gates, Robert De Niro, Marilyn Monroe, Kermit the Frog, Oprah, Fred Astaire, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Oscar de la Hoya, and Bart Simpson.

Some of the problematic things about being left-handed are:

At various times in history left-handedness has been seen as a nasty habit, a sign of neurosis, or rebellion.

The German word for left-handed is "linkisch", which means awkward, clumsy.   In Latin the word for left is "sinister".

Both Jewish and Christian traditions are strongly right-handed.   For Catholics, Anglicans, and other denominations, all benedictions must be made with the right hand, and a priest symbolizes the "strong right hand of God".   Medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides listed 100 blemishes a Jewish priest could not have, and being left-handed is one of them.  

Lefties are more likely to have allergies and migraines.   We're more likely to be insomniacs, alcoholics, and dyslexics.   Studies show that those who have autism are more likely to be lefties.   There seems to be a correlation between left-handedness and immune disorders.

Of course we also have some left-handers that no one wants included in their ranks:

Osama Bin Laden, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler.

So, after doing a little research on being left-handed, I've found some answers to questions I've had for a long time.   I now know why I can't roll my tongue like so many other people can.   Lefties are less able to roll their tongues.   Now I can give up looking in the mirror and wondering why.  :)

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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