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Celebrating International Left Hander's Day 2020, But Why?

Mayukh Bari13 August 2020 8:17PM IST
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August 13th is marked as "International Left Hander's Day" to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people's uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprising only ten percent of the world's population.

The day was first celebrated in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. The day is celebrated to spread awareness on issues faced by left-handers e.g. the importance of the special needs for left-handed children. There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world.

Famous International personalities like Sir Isaac Newton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Pablo Picasso, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie are all left-handed. If you search in India, many famous personalities are here too. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and industrialist Ratan Tata are just a few names from the long list. Now few interesting facts about left-handed people.

Research indicates that left-handers have increased chance of bad health condition such as high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and schizophrenia. Men are more likely to be left handed than women. No one can say the reason though.

There are many politicians who are left handed. It is said that lefties are more mentally resilient because of all the troubles they have to endure in a right-handed world. Lefties also have the reputed ability to process language on both sides of their brains.

A 2014 research shows that left-handers earn a little less than right-handers. Economist Joshua Goodman of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government found that lefties' earnings were 10% to 12% lower than those of right-handed people.

In the end, we all know that having a left-handed friend adds some special charm in friend circle. And dear left-hander reader, do you know people feel little jealous about your super-power?