Using cutlery for eating is an area that causes a lot of confusion and inconsistency for both left- and right-handers:
Right-handers- traditionally eat with a knife and fork using the knife in their right and fork in the left, so they actually feed themselves with their left hand. (in America, some people change fork hand as they go along, cutting with their right then switching the fork into the right to lift the food to their mouth).
When they are using just ...Read more
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A new study has concluded that there is no single, major gene which accounts for why people are right- or left-handed. About 10 percent of people worldwide are left-handed, but the mechanisms by which people favour one hand over the other remain unclear. In an effort to learn more, researchers from Nottingham University conducted detailed genetic analyses of nearly 4,000 twins who had been studied by the London Twin Research Unit ...Read more
A lot of what we do at The Left Handers Club is trying to help left-handed children who may be struggling with basic tasks like writing because of their handedness and also to educate parents and teachers in the small changes they can make that will result in huge benefits for the children. It is always great to hear success stories and we had an email this week from Joannee that we have reproduced in full below:
We had an email recently from Dave telling us that as a left-handers he naturally prioritises the left side of his body in all sorts of daily tasks as he feels it somehow deserves preferential treatment! This got us thinking as well and here are some of the things that Dave and ourselves do "left first":
Put on left sock and left shoe first
Left leg first into underpants and trousers
Left arm first into shirts and jackets
Shave the left side of the ...Read more
The very popular UK TV programme Have I got News For You has been running since 1990 and is a news-based quiz with teams partly answering questions and mainly making jokes at the expense of others. The show ends with a quick-fire round "Missing Words" round where the panelists have to guess the blacked-out words in a news headline. As well as national newspaper headlines, they also have headlines from a "guest publication" for additional comic effect.
We received an email from Graham recently that got us thinking again about one-side clothing that is awkward for us lefthanders to wear and use.
We have reported before on left-handed underwear and we will be doing some more research on this for the next newsletter, but we wanted to get your initial views and experiences to help us get started. Clothing items that come immediately to mind include:Pants / briefs ...Read more
For our Left-Handers Day celebrations a few years ago, singer/songwriter and long standing Club member Ian Radburn offered to compose a light-hearted song, which he could perform at our live events. The result, in the style of a folk song, was absolutely brilliant and had us all singing along with the chorus and has often been broadcast on TV and radio shows.
There have been far more left-handed Presidents of the United States than would be expected from the proportion of the population that are left-handed, and in recent years the left-handers have almost completely taken over!
5 of the last 7 US Presidents have been left-handed - that must say something!
Going back into history it is hard to know whether past presidents were really left-handed or not as there was such a stong cultural ...Read more