Left handed myths and misunderstandings

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Left-handers do tend to do badly whenever there is any talk of superstition or things that cannot be understood.

Folklore and Superstitions
Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties
Social behaviour
Religion
Animals
Trivia

Folklore and Superstitions

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan “avec le bras gauche” or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.

  • Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder – throw salt over this shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable commodity, giving rise to the word “salary” and was considered a form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.
  • Joan of Arc (burned at the stake in 1431 for being a heretic and a witch) was not necessarily left-handed, she may have been depicted in this way to make her seem evil.
  • Getting out of bed with the left foot first means that you will have a bad day and be bad tempered . i.e. getting out of bed the wrong side.
  • A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you. In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning you.
  • An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy left palm means you will have to give money.
  • Wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand originated with the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend of evil associated with the left-hand
  • The Romans originally considered the left to be the lucky side and used for augury. However, they later changed back to the Greek methods and favoured the right-hand side.
  • The right hand often symbolises ‘male’ while the left hand is ‘female’.
  • If you hear the sound of a cuckoo from the right it will be a lucky year. If the sound comes from the left it will be unlucky.
  • The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their holy man has such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the safety of others.
  • If your right eye twitches you will see a friend, if it’s your left eye that twitches you’ll see an enemy.
  • When dressmaking it’s believed to be bad luck to sew the left-hand sleeve onto a garment before the right sleeve.
  • When leaving to go on a journey, if your right foot itches you’re bound to have a good journey. If your left foot itches it will end in sorrow.
  • It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.

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Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties

  • Anyone who digs coal out of the ground from under his or her left foot in the Spring will have very good luck.
  • If you apply an ointment with the forefinger of the right hand the sore will not heal. This is because this finger is said to be the ‘poison’ finger.
  • The ancient Zuni tribe considered left-handedness a sign of good luck. They believed the left was the older and wiser

Social behaviour

  • Passing or pouring wine with the left hand leads to bad luck.
  • A left-handed toast is tantamount to a curse on the victim.
  • Driving on the left – started so that horse riders could use their whips in the right-hand to fend off other road users – see more about this

Religion

  • Christianity is strongly based towards the right hand. It is the right had that gives the blessing and make the sign of the cross.
  • On one count, the bible contains over 100 favourable reference to the right-hand and 25 unfavourable references to the left-hand. E.g.: The right hand of the lord doeth valiantly, the right hand of the lord is exalted (Psalm 118 vv15,16)
  • The left hand does worst in the parable of the sheep and goats. The sheep are set on Christ’s right hand and the goats on the left. Those on the right inherit the kingdom of god while those on the left depart into everlasting fire (to quote Matthew 25: verse 41: “Then he will say unto those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”)
  • The situation is much the same in Judaism and Islam. In Islam, the left hand and everything associated with it is seen as unclean. This stems from the Middle Eastern custom of using the left-hand and water instead of toilet paper and, more recently, of using the left handed to hold toilet paper for the same function.  This is the origin of the term “cack-handed

Animals

  • We have had a report that the majority of parrots are left-footed – does any one know anything about this or any other animal left-handed facts?
  • There is also a report of polar bears being left-handed, but we need to get more information.

Trivia

  • Officials in Mensa, the high IQ society believe as many as 20% of their members are left-handed.
  • The first recorded Siamese twins born in 1811 were joined at the waist. Their names? Chang and Eng, which simply meant ‘Left and Right’
  • The figurehead on the Cutty Sark is a left-handed witch.
  • Studies have shown that left-handers are more likely to have allergies than right-handers – aahtishoooo!!
  • Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the right.

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  1. muzzy4 says:

    Oh, I forgot the one question with the Hebrew men being L-handed in the Old Testament – that would have meant that the females were also L-handed and thus ‘in a better spiritual condition’. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case, so I can only surmise that women were ‘double-devil’ at the beginning because of the sin and only after Christ came did one side (L) ‘straighten up and fly right’.

  2. muzzy4 says:

    Hi ~

    I, too, have an interest in left-handedness from the spiritual persepctive. So far, I’ve seen the following ideas:

    That men and women carry their two selves on ‘mirror sides’. So, the man’s good spirit is on his R and devil on the L. For females, the good spirit is on the L and the devil on the R.

    I often wondered about cultures that write from R to L, like Hebrew. Hebrew interests me, in particular, because of the Bible. It appears that Jewish men were primarily L-handed in the Old Testament. And male R-handedness may have become dominant after a ‘long period of adjustment’ after spiritual changes after Jesus’ arrival-departure. (And in cultures like the Essenes before Jesus came.) And then R-handed men started developing ‘higher thinking’, like in Greece.

    So, it was in the best interest for men to kill witches who were L-handed because they did not want them spiritually connected to their ‘good’ side – it seems that a ‘prophetess’ will be L-handed. A R-handed woman would be looser morally, and men tend to favor such results, dontcha know.

    Oh, another thing you may find interesting… Check out artists like DaVinci and other greats and look at the R foot on many, many of the female figures. It will either be cocked outward or, most often – it’ll be a goat’s foot and the R hand twisted/scrawny in some way. If you look at Vitruvian Man by DaVinci, the male’s L foot is crooked and his R foot straight. Wikipedia helps a great deal in making the increased magnification VERY large. I thank them silently often.

    I’ve spent a lifetime trying to figure out where the rage in me comes from. I am (mousy-blond) R-handed but don’t know if it’s from birth or training. I’m youngest only female with three older brothers – one of whom is red-haired and L-handed. His wife is L-handed and spiritually connected (Bible, not as a prophetess). But what I do have is the R foot everted, like my mother (who is L-handed also). I’ve trained it to walk straight since feeling self-conscious about it since high school (intuitive, as I didn’t know about sinister stuff then) – but I always know it’s there just waiting for an opportunity to ‘show off’.

    I enjoyed your article – particularly the parrot and polar bear example, as I’ve often run across quotes about women being ‘parrots’. Someday, maybe someone will give us the Answers instead of just deepening the questions, eh? LOL

  3. Kaysie says:

    Both my parents are left handed so when I found that God had called a left handed man to save Israel it was special to me and stayed in my memory. In Judges 3:12-31 you find the story of Ehud a left handed messenger. It goes on to tell of how God used him to free the Israelites from under the rule of the Moabite king. I thought this would be an interesting fact for people like me who are fascinated in all things left handed.

  4. jim says:

    tape measures were made for righthanders but favour lefthanders.When held in the right hand it leaves the left hand free to mark off measurments.

  5. mist says:

    Left handers thought considered as evil followers from the past but in the recent times, they prove to be better adapted to the world created by right handers. In the modern world, it is clearly seen that the left handers are much more flexible than right handers, and they are at higher positions in the society, as actors or even politicians or scientists.

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  7. Tony Dahlinvenice says:

    I was left-handed until I started grammar school, St. Mark’s Catholic Church Grammar School. The nuns there quoted me the Bible and told me in so many words “… The left hand is not right!” Tony Dahlin Venice

  8. […] stigmas attached to left-handedness meant they were singled out as everything from unclean to witches. In Medieval times, writing with your left-hand was a surefire way to be accused of being possessed […]

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  10. Kate says:

    I always get funny looks followed by the comment “ooh I’ve never seen anyone write like that before!” If I have to fill any forms out or sign my name. The reason? I turn the page sideways to write. I can write upside down to if I really want to freak them out. And don’t forget our future King Prince William is a leftie!

  11. olive says:

    am left-handed and this is really scary so i really dont want to think about this cause most of it is true!

  12. NANCY says:

    i am not, but all 4 of my siblings were left handed, my sister, my aunt, and I are rh-neh–a very rare type blood–also wwe’re red headed/blond/red–irish/sccotts–freckled. red hair is recessive as is rh-neg blood. the spanish word for let is izquierda –which means sinister. and if you research it–here you find–I am quoting here–”
    Feb 22, 2012 – ASK A QUESTION Etymology for the Word Izquierda … the reason they chose to use izquierda over the latin siniestra (I’m sure they … and a left-handed person (“zurdo” in Spanish), also the “left wing” party. … In heraldry, the word “sinister” means left hence the old term “bar sinister” meaning illegitimacy.
    Use of “izquierda” not Latin “sinister” in Spanish – WordReference .. forum.wordreference.com › … › Etymology and History of Languages‎
    Feb 20, 2013 – 19 posts – 7 authors
    I don’t know but I doubt it’s because the Latin word was taboo, I think it’s just an …. Are these occurrences of siniestro just with the meaning of left, … eskerr “left Hand“ is indeed the source of Spanish esquerro, izquierdo and …
    Al final de la calle a la izquierda right hand corner, left hang corner left hand doesn’t know…

    Right and Left 10 posts 8 posts 5 posts 20 posts May 17, 2012 Dec 21, 2009 Nov 16, 2009 Aug 16, 2006
    List of Spanish words of Basque/Iberian origin – Wikipedia, the free … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Spanish_words_of…/Iberian_origin‎
    Some of these words existed in Latin as loanwords from other languages. … century. agur “goodbye” (from Basque agur with the same meaning) (DRAE). aizcolari (cf. …. Recent loanword; izquierdo, -a “left” (cf. …. Recent loanword; zurdo “left-handed” (also Galician mao xurda ‘left hand’, Portuguese surro, churro, churdo; cf.

  13. Carol says:

    I love being left handed

  14. Ashleigh Dent says:

    I’m left handed, and I feel special. Judah there are superstitions in my religion too, yet I was the only one who was left handed in my class and am in my family!

  15. Genie says:

    I have read that scientists used to believe that being left handed meant that you killed your twin in the womb. They figured since it is very common for one twin to be right handed and the other left handed that the only explanation was the left handed one “murdered” its sibling.

  16. [...] at birth you see, and growing up in a Catholic country back in the day, left-handers would be associated with the devil. It’s quite funny but there are small things that I still naturally do with my left hand rather [...]

  17. Chex says:

    It is not true that left-handed people have a shorter life span. That theory by Coren and Halpern was disproved in the early 1990′s. And I too have had problems with clothing. Pants generally have the zipper on the right side of the little flap, however I own one pair of pleated pants that threw me all off.

  18. Dave says:

    My late mother used to get me to throw salt over my left shoulder if i knocked the salt cellar over.

  19. Mike says:

    Im left-handed, possess a Simian Line on my right hand, and have a Leo Zodiac Sign. Am i still human?

  20. Kimberly says:

    Hi my name is Kimberly, me and my two brothers are all left handers and my mum but my dad is right handed, i heard that 3 children that are all left-handed is rare. i think i am different because i am weird, i can sense things, i even premenitions but i don’t know i have had it before just it has happened until the moment before.

    • keiya says:

      Me, my 2 brothers , nd my mom are all lefties and nobody else down our family are lefties and I think that’s agood thing but also a bad thing because lefties often fear the worse nd never look on the brighter side of things.

  21. maggie says:

    Hi, A message for Angela, apparently we lefties live on average 7 yrs less that right handed people. We also have more fatal accidents because we live in a right handed world!
    I have donated a dress to charity today, worn only once, it had a zip on the left, from the waist to underarm. Awkward enough for anyone, but impossible for a left hander as I could not rach over and use my right hand without getting the fabric caught in the zip. I had to cut myself out of it as I was stuck! Anyone else have any clothing fastener problems?

    • Eda says:

      Hi Maggie,
      I have this high-waist black mini skirt I’ve adored for years but the darn zipper is located on the left side, so whenever I try to wear it I almost always cut myself…It’s really a shame.

  22. Anna says:

    It’s perfectly true that MENSA believes that about 20% of their members are left handed, but between 30% and 10% (uncertainty due to countries where the majority of people can’t write) of the worlds population is left handed, so there isn’t really much ‘only’ about it.

  23. barent says:

    i’m a righty[lefty politically] who has had a lot of left handed friends. i find that left handed people tend to be left-brained[left hemisphere dominant] and mechanistic in their way of processing reality. the one’s i’ve met don’t really seem to care much about, or believe in anything esoteric. none of them can dance to save their lives. [i speak from a small sampling of course,so i don't assume all lefties are like this]. yet,it does seem as if there is some[or a lot]of truth to some of the “stereotypes”. we’ve got this fetish in america, of thinking that because something is called a stereotype that it can’t be true. it stems from a self conciousness about racism,which is understandable,yet ironicly and sadly,keeps us from talking about it….but i digress.

  24. Aj says:

    My Dad, parental & maternal grandmother, aunts were left handed. My mother is right handed but she
    Writes like an left handed person. When I was little she let me choose which handed I wanted to use and my choice was right handed. It’s weird because I come from a family
    of left handers. There are more females in my family than
    males (people believe if you have more than 7 generation of women born than you are witches) and we have had a lot of lost in the family mostly the left handed members
    I am also a Virgo so I think alot. My left handed family member are and were some of the greatest people you would ever want to meet. True southern hospitality.

  25. Aaron says:

    im a lefty but i dont believe that im evil the evilness dependsds
    on your faith not with your hand so if theres any religous lefties out there
    just ignore satan

    but if this myth is true im going to go right

  26. dan says:

    Well i must be the devil because i’m the only left handed person i have met an ive met around 600 people

  27. [...] ME: I agree with the idea that “humans are hard wired to be spiritual in some manner.” Possibly non-related chemical reactions might be the reason, but it might simply be the NEED and/or URGE to have a god taking care of us. Now excuse my ignorance and/or confusion, but what does IE stand for?You’ve got good and valid points on Jesus. I’ve got to admit that some of your ideas have also crossed my mind at some point or another. Then again, the mystery of the [Trinity] says that God is present in THREE PERSONS, which sounds confusing, If you replace the word “PERSONS” for “MANIFESTATIONS,” it sort of makes more sense. It’s much easier to understand that God is present in THREE MANIFESTATIONS — God present in all places, all knowing, all mighty, creator of Heaven and Earth (the whole cosmos, of course); incarnate in the body of Jesus ; and His spirit referred to as the Holy Spirit. Well at least, this is how the [Trinity ] makes sense to me. I don’t see anything wrong with tattoos or body modification except for circumcision. The latter’s not natural. It’s like cutting one’s left hand because it’s dirty (Muslim concept) or evil. “For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the ‘left-hand side’ being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan ‘avec le bras gauche’ or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.”http://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk/lh-info/myths.html#sthash.U4WjPepv.dpuf [...]

  28. Icia Molloy says:

    I was a student in a roman catholic convent primary school. In one class, whenever I unthinkingly made the sign of the cross with my left hand, the nun freaked out, exclaiming I was a child of the devil.
    I observed in her freak-out, her face distorted into something quite unpleasant.

  29. Alexander says:

    If 20% of Mensa’s members are left-handed doesn’t that mean that 80% are right-handed? Did that occur to anyone perchance?

    • Teri says:

      I took that to reference that the general population only has 10% left handed people, so if 20% were in Mensa that is double then the average population of left handed people. If I understand that correct….

  30. fiona says:

    I am left handed and very proud! I believe lucky left handers are more arty, more imaginitive, more caring, open minded, sensitive and very special 8-D x

    • Angela says:

      I agree with you. I’m left handed and proud of it too!

    • tate says:

      I couldnt agree more left handed people are very artistic, talented, sweet, smart, and funny i know because i am also left handed and i really love being left handed and theres nothing bad about it.

    • Rachel says:

      I agree, I’m left handed ad I hate people who write things about us saying we are stupid, we can’t comprehend stuff when the truth is they are right handed and they are haters. We are special and I love being a Lefty!

    • Net says:

      most of criminals are right-handed, cheaters, liars, etc. there more right-handed people aren’t there? being a lefty is evil, so what is their excuse? “huh”?

      • Marissa says:

        Oh bullcrap i dont believe in those stuff… HEY STOP CALLING US EVIL.OR STUPID >:O. ….WE ARE ARE NOT.!!!!!!. >:( IM LEFTY and… Lefty are just like normal people just like right handed people it dosent matter.. .. AND NO.. we are not devil worshipper so yeah.. Left handed and right handed people are just like everyone else.. it just part of brains.. i mean like come on people.. its just compatible.. geez.. and hey I’m christian.. catholic. im god/jesus/mary. archangels worship and i love them always. God is awesome and forever always will.. yes. proud to be lefty ^_^… no matter what and never give up..

        LEFTY RULEZ :D

  31. Angela says:

    Someone told me once that left-handed people don’t live as long as right-handed people do. Has anyone else heard of this?

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    • cindy says:

      I took a painting class years ago and the teacher said she had never successfully taught a leftie to paint. I showed her. I think most lefties are very creative.

  35. Kyle says:

    I once was one that had my left hand tied so that I would be made to use my right hand…

    • Tuttie says:

      When I used to eat my food as a toddler, my mom would take the spoon from my left and put it in my right hand. I would just keep switching it back to my left…Sorry Ma, I’m a LEFTY!!!

  36. Kelly says:

    I am ambidextrous and do most things with my left hand. I was forced to write with my right hand as a child so now write neater with my right but can still write fairly legibly with my left. I prepare fresh vegetables with a knife with my right hand but all other food prep and eating is left handed. Sports is left handed for me except holding a tennis racket which I am able to favour both hands. I HATE right handed can openers can only use a left handed one and people look at me with annoyance and anger sometimes. :-)

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  38. kofi says:

    I am right hander, but when i play futball i use left foot . what t means i am right sided or left sided?

    • Andrew says:

      Kofi, I am left-handed, but play golf right-handed. I play tennis left-handed, but I play cricket, hockey and baseball right-handed. I throw with my left.
      If you see where I am going here, you will see that what I am saying is that we are victims of our surroundings. I was taught many of these things when young, and, therefore, learned to do them with my right hand. Those that I was not taught early in life were things I did with my left.
      That said, there is a possibility that you are partially ambidextrous, but perhaps you should ask your parents if they taught you to use your right over your left…..that is what happened to my mother.

      • Lucy says:

        In softball, I pitch and throw left but bat right. And im a natural left handed person.
        my boyfriend is naturally right handed person, but in baseball he pitches and throws and bats left. Crazy right?

  39. Phoebe says:

    I have just discovered this site, I was not made change at school, my mum had polio as a little kid it effected her [R] hand/arm so she was /is a leftie me when I was born my [R] shoulder was hurt so I am a leftie the only one of 5 kids. My 1st son is a leftie when he was learning to use eating tools, I was worried that I might be making him a lefty so I would put his spoon etc. in the middle so he had to choose. His kinda teacher told me to help him chose which hand he was going to use was to spend some time throwing him a ball so he would choose, so we spent a few hour over a couple of weeks when he first started kinda, and he is a big strong man who enjoys being a leftie, my partner is also a leftie so the house is very left hand even the cat he is a south paw.

  40. NANCY says:

    In the pharmacy world, on prescriptions the Latin word used for the left is ‘sinister;’ the abbrevation code you see written – the letter “S”. For example, ‘AS’ denotes the left ear, while ‘OS’ denotes the left eye.

    • gillian says:

      I find it interesting that the Romans had a pocket on the left side of their toga, and sinus [pocket] and sinister come from the same root. I would think if the majority were right handed, it would be more convenient to have the pocket on the right side.

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  51. Ellie says:

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    • Ana says:

      I’m a 12 year old left handed girl, and it kinda bothers me when I see people use their right hand. Whenever I watch a movie I always seem to notice which actor/actress is left handed.

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  53. kandi says:

    interesting! I am a leftie, luckily I have not had too many problems, growing up people always thought it was cool. Out of 7 children I am the only leftie (and a twin :) )….I am very artistic, I paint and draw mostly but I am teaching myself how to play a right-handed guitar left-handed….I am a quick learner so actually I think I have adapted pretty easily to using anything made for a rightie with my left-hand….a funny story though, when I was in kindergarten my teacher had a meeting with my mom because she thought there was “something wrong” with me!! ahah because I could not cut with the scissors. I guess my teacher couldn’t see that I was obviously using my left hand…..

    Anyway there are a lot of crazy superstitions about lefties being “EVIL”! I didn’t realize that!….aha that is society for you, always picking on someone…

  54. John Grec says:

    i’m born LEFTY and i’m proud, we may not be as much as those who are right handed but all i can say lefties are Unique…There are numerous of famous people from the old times up today who are left handed and i’m proud to hear that. I almost do everything on my left hand but when I eat the spoon that i use is on the right together with other silverware’s on my left, but when i eat something by only using the spoon i tend to use my left hand and so with other silverware’s alone…And lastly, as they say Lefties has the good penmanship (well i don’t,hahaha)but i can clearly draw cartoons and stuff.. a very informative article..i don’t have any bad reactions on it ‘coz i know where i stand and who am i..=D good day

  55. Drake says:

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT ALL YOU LEFT-HANDED PEOPLE ARE ALL EVIL!!! YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO ADMITTED THAT YOU’RE EVIL!!!!

    • Barry says:

      Why are we all evil. What a rotten thing to say about people you don’t even know. Are you a Christian? You certainly sound like one.

    • Kas227 says:

      Obviously one of the ‘righties’ of inferior IQ

    • kandi says:

      ignorance is not bliss ;)

      • Vishal Sathyan says:

        That means Barack Obama, David Cameron, George H.W. Bush (Bush I or Bush, Sr.), Clinton, Gerald Ford, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Yuvraj Singh, etc. are evil. Isn’t it right? No……………… Because all lefties are not evil. My mother is lefty, but she is not an evil woman. I had two lefty friends, Abhijith Mahipal and Akshay Mohan, but both of them are not evil men.

    • Ana says:

      You right handed people are so left handed racist. It’s like well you look normal but your a lefty, so go to hell. Just because most people are righties, don’t mean yall get to treat us like trash.

    • Danesha says:

      Are you right handed because it seems that way. Also dont be hating on us because we invented more stuff than you guys that why people say lefts are involed with the devil because you guys are haters but that what i think.

  56. Wakanda says:

    Couple of bits of trivia from the Comic Book world:

    - Green Lantern villian Sinestro is left handed, and therefore wears his Lantern Ring on his left hand instead of his right. One of the meanings of the word ‘sinister’ is left-handed!

    - One of Captain America’s primary villains, Baron Helmut Zemo, is also left-handed. He’s known for accidentally scarring his own face using Adhesive X. Hmph!

  57. vi says:

    I’m a lefty, but growing in a world where everything is for right-handed people, I guess I adjusted at a young age… I play guitar… not like a lefty, learned how to use ” the usual” scissors, and kick with my right foot… I guess I’m kind of hybrid…. I’m VERY allergic… fun info! And when kissing! I had to learn to kiss to the right! In class I’m the only one… some of my friends are and we always talk and joke when the teacher asks us to go to the board and write something… he says “no, the other way! use your right”… it’s kinda fun… it makes us particularly unique… go leftys!
    Very proud to be a lefty! The only one in my family…

  58. Zuheb Zahid says:

    Thank you all for letting me know about some of the greatest personalities who were/are left handed. Feels nice to hear that. After that weird looks you get when you’re eating at some restaurant or parties. Feel like saying “Hey Mr/Ms, WTF ?”….LoL……Thanks everyone…… Remember we are limited edition of human beings…..(Approx 7% of 6 billion)…..

    • Iffy says:

      Correction*

      As of yesterday the BBC news stated that there are now
      7 billion people on this planet, therefore meaning 7% of
      7 billion*

      Btw, if your going to say it’s quite close so who cares consider
      That your forgetting 1 billion people (1,000,000,000).

  59. shay johnson says:

    heeyyyyy!!!! some of this seems so made up to me. im a lefty too, and im meaan some of the time, very much like THE AVERAGE HUMAN BEING!!!!!! everyone has their ways, left or right. some things said apply to me 100%, and the others i have not even heard of before. i say that this is some bs.

    • Carol Mercer says:

      Hi Shay! I’m lefty but I can wright upside and backwards! Don’t know why, but that is what my brain does, kinda scary some times…, my husband and my son do not get it and and nor do I, can you, being a lefty explain this? Also, I golf and bat right handed, but I throw and catch like a lefty! Also I can wright with my right hand …. but very slowly and with some effort it looks preety darn good, what do ya think? Is this normally? Lefty’s are always right!!!!!!! Respond if you wish! Laayyysa! (never say goodbye!)

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      • Barry says:

        Apparently there are degrees of left handedness and an awful lot of Cancer (Astrology) subjects can be either left or right handed as it suits them.

      • carleen says:

        I am left handed. I find I have to turn rulers upside down to work correctly–I guess it has to do with which side the inches are displayed. I too can read and write upside and backwards. This makes it easy to read things that people may not remember to cover (I would make a great spy). I also can only draw something if it is upside down. I am not that great in sports, but I can actually bat both ways in baseball. Learning to tell time was actually pretty hard for me–I kept referring to something like 7:20 as 40 minutes till 8.

  60. Donnell says:

    IM LEFT HANDED AND THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO BE PRETTY ACCURATE PPL SAY I TEND TO THINK ALOT DO THINGS IN A DIFFERENT WAY ALSO I HAVE SOME DEVILISH WAYS CAN BE VERY MEAN ND HIGH TEMPERED HOWEVER I AM VERY FRIENDLY AND PPL LOVE BEING AROUND(JUST CANT TOLERATE ALOT I GUESS) I HAVE ALWAYS HEARD THT LEFT HANDERS ARE SMARTER AND ALWAYS HAVE A ADVANTAGE AND I BELIEVE SO. IM GLD I FOUND THIS SITE ITS COOL TO BE APART OF A LEFT HANDED CLUB BUT I BET SOMEONE RIGHT HANDED WROTE THIS ARTICLE OR BLOG. PLEASE FOLLW ME ON TWITTER @_october_own

    ps
    IM ALSO A SCORPIO MY BIRTH DATE IS THE FIRST DAY LIBRA ENDS AND SCORPIO STARTS

    • Barry says:

      I was told that we were either very bright or very thick when I was studying this at music college. Now however a new book declares most left handers are clumsy suffer ill health and are on the thick side. Then there’s the study that says we don’t live as long as right handers by as much as ten years. I shouldn’t worry, there’s time for plenty more books to come out with still further opinions. Have you found the Bible site that declares left handers to be an abomination in the eyes of the lord. Apparently we choose to be left handers and we could change if we wanted to. Never mind, while they’re bashing us they’re giving the gays a rest.

      • CrystieMuse says:

        Yes, I saw that site, & it is completely bogus. I looked up all the Scriptures listed, & nowhere do any of them say that being left-handed is an abomination, evil, or anything else negative. That is all extrapolation. I’m pretty sure the site is satire.

  61. Annie says:

    Yay! Left handers unite! Nobody in my family are left handed, it’s just me. And plus through both sides of my family, twins run. Does that mean I was a vanishing twin or whatever? That’s pretty cool.

    I’m a loner really. I mean, I have a little group of friends (3-5) but that’s about it. I’m very imaginative and I can draw pretty well, but I’m rubbish at maths. I’m good at English. I really like animals, and I like nature and peace and quiet. I prefer classical music to modern music. I HATE scary stuff. I only watch trailers for scary movies, I can’t work up the guts to actually watch a proper scary movie. I also don’t like roller-coasters ect.

    I love being left handed.

    P.s:
    I’m just writing random stuff now, but I have six things in common with Charles Darwin:
    1. He studied animals, I want to be a Zoologist.
    2. We’re both left handed (obviously).
    3. I’m agnostic. He was a type of agnostic.
    4. He had a daughter called Annie (my nickname).
    5. We were both born on the 12th of February.
    6. Both born in Shropshire, England.

  62. Rkk says:

    I am a lefty. Almost all religions don’t satisfy me. I am not social at all. I feel very different from others; people rarely agree about my opinions. People say I think too much. Is it because I’m left handed?

  63. [...] left handed people over at http://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk have a very nice article about the myths surronding that horrible scourge on society, the [...]

  64. far says:

    I do everything with left handed except with writing and eating. my father made me write in right hand when i was a kid or else writing and eating would also be in left hand.

  65. Navya says:

    I’m a left-hander from India. Here left hand is considered untidy coz normally we cleanse our butt with left hand and water. Since, i write with left hand, i use right hand for washing my arse. I dont like to use TP.

    And also i eat food with left hand. Here is the problem. When i eat with left in public places, people give me weird looks. Friends know about me. But the problem is with others And even i feel ashamed to eat. I want to switch my hand duties but even the very thought is disgusting.

    I was just want to know what all Indian lefties like me do. Please let me know!!

    —-Navya Vissapragada.

    • Barry says:

      Perhaps the best answer is to install a bidet to wash your bum in then your hands will be free to murder the person next to you who keeps on staring. Seriously, I see your logic but the obvious truth to all this is don’t use your major hand, whichever it is, for dirty tasks.

    • gillian says:

      If other Indians show you disrespect for being left-handed, tell them , “MAHATMA GHANDI was left handed.” If they are in favour of the British Royal family, tell them that Queen Eliazbeth 2nd, Prince Charles, and Prince William are left-handed. So were the Queen’s parents.

  66. Vishal Sathyan says:

    A girl named Navya from Andhra Pradesh, India, eats with her left hand and cleans the dirtiness on her body with her right hand, which is against the Indian rules of etiquette.

    • Miriam Pia says:

      In reality, it must be most difficult to be left handed in nations where people keep the subdominant hand – usually the left, as “the dirty hand”. The more able the people are to wash and to keep the whole body cleansed properly the less of a problem this is.

      Even so, be wary about employment involving electronic blades as it is more dangerous to handle these “wrong handed” or with the blade exposed and debris flying into your face “because you’re the only lefty in the construction crew”.

      At the same time, its a groovy little way to be different. Seriously, though i wish someone had told me that the effect of the difference is so “pervasive”. No one persecuted me THANK GOD, but it was still a bit overwhelming at times when I suffered but no one nor the system even noticed “because they were all right handed and just hadn’t thought about it.”

    • Barry says:

      Doesn’t this highlight the source of the problem. A blanket rule such as the one you refer to takes no account of people who are left handed. Common sense is always valuable in interpreting these matters, and the common sense answer is , do not use your major hand for washing or unclean tasks. Of course you could also use a knife and fork in stead of eating with your fingers. That might help quite a lot.

      • MissHood says:

        …yeah, as far as that knife and fork thing, I swear I want to use my hands to eat. Like pulling teeth to eat my meat. When I go to cut anything, people laugh at me, like that’s not how you cut meat. I feel all embarrassed, beet red, and I’m like, “I can’t help it!”

  67. Amanda says:

    Hello! I’m 23 years old, and am a leftie(: My dad tried to force me to write with my rigth hand because it was not normal, andhad something to do with the devil ( for the record: he is Hispanic, and very superstitious, plus no one in his family writes left-handed…I am the only one on that side that’s a leftie). I am not allergic to anything, and have adapted to using can-openers, computer mice, and among other right-handed tools. I write, eat, draw, cut, and do just about everything else left-handed. My mom has even noticed I sweep differently, which I have never paid much attention to until recently because she had mentioned it. I love math and do tend to skip several steps to find the answer to the equation ( I find it tedious and unnecessary to write down every little thing to find the answer); however, when I am explaining it to someone else I have to remember that they don’t understand it the same way I do. I do not have any learning disabilities nor physical disabilities; but I am very emotional. On my mother’s side of the family, I have a uncle, seven cousins, and possibly my daughter who are all lefties. I am my mom’s first born, and my three sisters are all right-handed. I do not whistle normal, and it is very difficult to whistle a tune but I try.

    • carleen says:

      I too skip steps in working math problems or even following directions to a location. I never thought that might be due to being left-handed. I can read and write upside down and backwards, and can only draw something if it is upside down. I have to turn measuring cups around so I can see and then turn it around so I can use it. Rulers go upside down when using it. I have been told I sweep odd too, as well as fold towels and how I iron clothing. If we are supposed to be stupid, I am in the minority then–I make good grades and usually just remember the information instead of cramming for tests. I am constantly thinking, even when doing other tasks. I have a large amount of useless information in my head.

  68. Vishal Sathyan says:

    Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer, is a strong left hander. He bats, bowls, fields, writes and even eats with his left hand. He stopped wearing turban even though he is a Sikh. Sikhism is a sub-religion of Hinduism and Islam. So, Sikhism also denies left handedness. Other famous Sikhs include Harbhajan Singh, another Indian Cricketer, Daler Mehndi, Pop Singer, Manmohan Singh, current Indian Prime Minister, etc.

    • Barry says:

      I hadn’t realised that these religions were anti left handers. I know Christianity was and still is in some areas, particularly the mid west of America. As I am not religious and religion no longer has the power to influence these matters in England I’m not worried. Not that I would have the slightest intention of altering my handedness if it was against the law. The only way they’d stop me is by killing me.

  69. Vishal Sathyan says:

    My mother was born on 19th December 1926 at Ottappalam, Palakkad District, Kerala, South India. When she was studying at St. Paul’s School, Thrissur, many nuns tried to force her to write with her right hand, as left meant ‘Satan’ in their foolish thoughts. These were told by herself to me.

  70. [...] hand of their holy man is so evil he must keep it hidden.  There’s a lot more in that vein here, from the UK site of Anything Left Handed, who used to have a magical shop in Soho, in London that [...]

  71. Vishal Sathyan says:

    The main rumour is that left handers die earlier. But, the truth is that the longest lived U.S. President, Gerald Ford
    (1913 – 2006) was left handed and the shortest lived U.S. President, John F. Kennedy (1917 – `63) was right handed! Now, both the main figures in the world politics, U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, are left handed!

    • Danny says:

      If my memory serves me correctly JFK was shot, so not sure I get your logic??

    • Vishal Sathyan says:

      I am now aged 58 (nearing 59), born on 12th October 1952 at Thrissur, Kerala, South India. All my four grandparents were right handed. I had a left handed uncle from my father’s side. He died in 2004 aged 84.

      • Barry says:

        How long you live can depend on so many things, not least the double decker bus you failed to see before stepping off the kerb.

  72. Vishal Sathyan says:

    Amitabh Bachchan is rumoured to be left handed, but in the advertisement of Parker pens, he wrote with his right hand. Also, he shoots with his left hand. This was the same in the case of Osama Bin Laden.

  73. Vishal Sathyan says:

    In 2008, I wrote a note about the left handed candidates of the U.S. Presidential Election, Barack Obama and John McCain, with my left hand. The note was named ‘Left handed United States Presidents’. It was like below:

    There has been a great tradition of left-handed presidents, especially in recent years. This is a list that appears on a lot of websites…

    James A. Garfield (1881) 20th
    Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) 31st
    Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) 33rd
    Gerald Ford (1974-1977) 38th
    Ronald Reagan (1981 -1989) 40th (actually a right-handed writer)
    George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) 41st
    Bill Clinton (1993-2001) 42nd
    There is some doubt about Hoover and Reagan as some images seem to show both of then writing right-handed, but often images get flipped unintentionally. Our “Left Handed History Of The World” book includes Reagan among the left-handed presidents – was he made to change hands for writing? Does anyone know for sure so we can put this to bed? Ronald Reagan – a switched left-hander?

    What IS interesting is that BOTH of the leading presidential candidates this year are left-handed writers – Barack Obama and John McCain. Barack Obama was a nominee (and eventual winner) for the Left Hander Of The Year vote – click here to see a profile and more information.

    Barak Obama left handed John McCain left handed

    They both seem to have a bit of a “hook” in the writing style as well! If one of them does become the next US president (and assuming Reagan is a natural left-hander), that will be 5 out of the last 7 (71%) when only about 10% of the population are left-handed – Go Lefties!

    Recent press articles on lefty US presidents

    Link to article in The Times Online, June 24 2008

    Link to article in The Telegraph.co.uk, June 24 2008

    Radio 4 Interview on left-handed presidents with Lauren Milsom

    The BBC Radio 4 station in the UK contacted Lauren for a contribution to their breakfast show on June 24th 2008.

    Click here to listen to the interview -

    The relevant piece starts at time position 02:52:30 (clikc the Forward 15 mins / 1 min button to get there)

    (you will need to allow popups to see the BBS audio player or if you are using Google Toolbar hold down the Control key while you click the link)

    These are the pictures of left handed presidents

    Gerald Ford
    Gerald Ford left handed president

    Bill Clinton. (Note that Binyamin Netanyahu was left-handed, too — very handy for writing Hebrew.)
    Bill Clinton – left-handed president

    George Bush senior
    George Bush – lefthanded president

    And another one of Ronald Reagan showing him to be a right-handed writer
    Ronald Reagan – a right-handed writer

    • Vishal Sathyan says:

      Actually, both Garfield and Truman were ambidextrous. Garfield was naturally ambidextrous. But, Truman was left handed by birth and was forced to right hand, then he became ambidextrous. Reagan was cross-dominant, as he played sports with his left hand, but wrote with his right hand.

      • Barry says:

        The next time you go to the movies or play a video take a look at how many actors are left handed, particularly the child actors. All of the arts, acting, music,dance etc, are heavy with left handers.

      • Kenneth Gray says:

        You say President Reagan played sports with his left hand but this picture shows him throwing “the first pitch” at a 1988 Cubs game right handed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_first_pitch). He could have been switched to write right handed like Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig were (althought there is no conclusive evidence that he was) but surely he was not forced to throw right handed too? Conclusion – he was naturally right handed.

        Kenneth

  74. Ayiram says:

    im 21 and im left handed. my dad is left handed but my mom isnt. im not a fan of drinking. i do alot of stuff with my right hand, i eat and write with my left. i never got made fun of tho. i wasnt very good in school but i was slightly above average at math that was my favorite subject because it came so easy to me. i also help my sister-in-law with math which is her worst subject and she is also left handed. so i dont know what to about these facts but i enjoyed reading them!

  75. shiva says:

    will.Im left hand and i dont feel diffrent .

  76. Marya says:

    Im marya and im 12.I am kinda clever at school but not swotty clever.
    Im not good at religion or maths and animals are kinda hard even though i love them!

    My parents are both right handed and im the only one in my whole family generation who was left handed so im proud because i am very unique!

  77. Shahana says:

    Ohai , I’m Shahana & I’m 12 years old , & I’m left handed . The thing that sucks is that you know how left handed people are supposed to be really , really , really smart ? Yeah , I’m the total opposite of that & it sucks because everyone says ” Oh I thought left handed people like you are supposed to be smart . ” And then I don’t know what to say , because I’m the only left handed person at my school .

    • NaZhiana says:

      I know the feeling but some people actually like lefties, some people are insterested in left handed people . For example people like people with blue,green,hazel, or grey eyes is because their different the same with left handed people they like us because we’re different.Oh and I am also 13 and left handed.

      • Barry says:

        To be left handed is mixed blessing but by and large I think we get by. A kind heart is more important than all the smartness in the world. You’ll realise this when you get older.

  78. Cecelia says:

    I’m left handed, i eat, brush my teeth, and wear almost all my jewlery on my left hand. but when i play some sports i use my right, people look at me when i throw a baseball with my right hand and then see me hit the ball with on the right side, they ask what hand i am and i tell them i’m left, they get really confused. but the reason is, is that i’ve grown up with all right handed people in my house so they taught me to do most things with my right hand. Some people think i’m weird because of it but i’m glad that i’m left handed because i’m not like everyone else in my family and almost anywhere else.

  79. Anushka says:

    people who write with a left hand,eat with their left hand and wash their butts in their rigt hand!!!

    • Vishal Sathyan says:

      You are right. These people want to clean their butts with their right hand, and that’s why they eat with their left hand. As my mother is left-handed, she first ate with her left hand, but her mother (my grandmother) forced her to eat with her right hand. Still she eats with her non-dominant hand.

  80. Hannah says:

    I am a 14 year old girl who is ambidextrous . This means I use both my hands . I get looked at weird too . In class I’ll be writing with my right hand all of a sudden It cramps up so I switch to my left hand . People look at me like I’m possesed . Anywho, I write with both hands, and eat with both hands. I use a computer mouse with my right , but i think thats partly because at school, they always set them up to the right . I drink with my left hand. I text left handed. I do MOST sports with my left hand . Accept golf, like I drive right handed, but I putt left handed . Everything else, Kicking, throwing, catching, tumbling, is left handed .
    I’m also a dancer and i do left sided splits and all my friends at the studio look at me like im a freak .
    Its hard for me to be a succesful dancer because most dance companies want you to be able to do right turns and twists, and splits and leaps . But I guess I have to get used to it .

    • gillian says:

      I think people envy you for being ambidextrous. They might sneer, but they are just being like the fox who could not reach a bunch of grapes, so told himself they were too sour.

  81. Caitlin says:

    I am a 13 year old girl and I am left handed! I don’t write “Normal” or as other people do and they make fun of me for it. I’ve gotten used to it, but as a little girl in 1st grade when i was learning how to write, the teachers would give me those grippers that would help you write correctly. And every time i took them off my hand would get smacked so 1st grade wasnt a good year. But finally I told them that I dont like to write like that and forever since i’ve always been the person that writes wierd!!!

    • megan says:

      Caitlin,
      if they make fun of you tell them to shutup because god made yo uleft handed for a special reason there are very few left handed people in the world so treat it as a unique gift i am also left handed i no how i feels and yes it is very agravating when people have somthing to say so tell every one who makes fun of you that you have a special gift and they dont!

    • Cecelia says:

      i know how you feel at my grade school my teacher would force me to write with my right but when i would go home my mom would make me write with my left, so my mom talked to my teacher to ask why she did that, and she said because she doesn’t know how to teach left handed kids to write, my mom was mad because she was right handed and she was teaching me, so my teacher let me write with my left hand, and some kids think im weird becuase im left handed and i tell them that God made me this way to be better than them and they leave me alone, but i know he made me this way to show everyone that there’s a different way to do everything.

      • gillian says:

        My first grade teacher did not know how to help me either. I remember her look of surprise on noticing I was left handed. At least she just left me to get on with it.

  82. Kevin says:

    I’m left handed and one thing i hate is at school, they have nothing for lefties except for 2 classrooms with lefty desks, so when we have to some stupid craft i sit there for the hole period trying to cut with right handed sicsors ive gotten better with but there still annoying

    • Cecelia says:

      i know! i hate it at my school in the science lab they have right handed desks and i cant sit in them because my books fall off and everything. so i have to sit at the tables in the back by myself, i don’t mind it, its just not fair that they think everyone in the school is right handed.

    • gillian says:

      I am glad I grew up in the UK, and live here rather than USA. Our school desks are not shaped with an armrest. They tended to have an inkwell on the right side, but we either used cartridge pens or biros, so it did not matter.

  83. Brian W says:

    Hey im a lefty, i do everything with my left hand except brushing my teeth and using a computer mouse. I dont understand why some lefties wear watches on their left hand, i wear my watch on my right hand. I also play guitar for right handed people to lol

    • Brian W says:

      oh and btw im 14 :)

    • Ron says:

      I’m left handed and I always wear watches on my left hand because the buttons, winders, etc., are always on the right. It sucks because I scratch the heck out of all my watches.

    • Lani says:

      Hi Brian.

      Im 22. I usually wear my wristwatch on my right hand. and once I tried to wear it on right hand but I got confused with the time. I trained myself not to get confused and it was a success. yeay.

      • Lani says:

        *correction: once I tried to wear it on my left hand*

        sorry I have a very bad ability to differentiate between left and right. I can’t drive if the passenger gives direction in terms of “right and left”. LOL. that is just left-handed.

  84. Sp41096 says:

    Im a 15 yearold who is also left handed, out of my family my uncle and i are the only lefthanders but i tend to use my right when i play sports and use both when i use chopsticks or a knife when cooking(when my hand gets tired haha) but i also draw too and if i do say so my self (as do my parents and friends)i am great at it and also face the page side ways. And i am allergic to everything outside but fortunately not food :) i love being left handed an i think that being right handed means you are the same a everyone else (no offense to those who are righ handed) and its nice to be different :)

    • Cecelia says:

      my family’s the same way! i do everything with my left hand except some sports, because i learned to do them with my right handed family memebers. i can draw a little too.

  85. Marina says:

    I’m a 15 year old left hander (from London, not that it’s relevent) and proud! I remember once when I was in Reception I was using my left hand to write or draw as normal but got tired and started to use my right hand and was, as far as I remember, just as able. However I got told off from doing so and since have never tried seriously writing with my right hand. A few years ago, a girl in my class, albeit kind of joking, called me and a fellow left handed friend a freak for being left handed which was really dumb. People are awe inspired when they realise I’m left handed, often questioning how I’m able to do so to which I always reply, “The same way you write with your right hand. Doy.” Though I do most things like writing, eating with my left hand I have adapted to the right-handed world that we in, in that I use scissors, throw and more with my right hand. I’m the only left hander out of my immediate family and from what I know only one uncle of mine is left handed. I love being part of this special minority and joy in noticing either any random people, friends, teachers and celebrities who are left handed, too. :)

  86. Bryon says:

    Hey ppl, I’m sixteen years old and a leftie, and so far I am happy that I am what I am, it really doesn’t matter to me what ppl think about me as a southpaw or not, because atleast they don’t do what they used to do back in the eighteenth century: forcing lefties to use their right hand to do EVERYTHING or KILLING US!!! So, yeah… I can say things are much better now, and I see a promising future for us lefties.

    • Cecelia says:

      heyy me too! i know what you mean my uncle was left handed and they made him write with his right hand, and now he’s right handed, i think it’s unfair how they made the kids do that, they couldn’t help that they were born left handed, luckly my other uncle didn’t have to learn to be right handed, so now it’s just me and him, were the only left handers in the family.

  87. charles wachari nyagah says:

    i am tha only lefty in our family en i do belive leftys ar more creative than those right handers

  88. Vishal Sathyan says:

    My 85-year old mother, my next younger brother and my classmate Abhijith Mahipal are left handers. My anothr classmate Akshay Mohan is an expert in Cricket. He bats, bowls and fields with his left hand, but he writes with his left hand. I am right handed by birth, like my 92-year old father and most of the people in the world, but I had a great injury for my right hand in 1965, when I was 13. Then I practised writing with my left hand. Now I am ambidextrous.

    • Vishal Sathyan says:

      Sorry, there is a mistake. My classmate Akshay Mohan, who is an expert in cricket, is cross-dominant. He bats, bowls and fields with his left hand, but writes with his right hand, just opposite to Sachin Tendulkar, who bats, bowls and fields with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.

      • Vishal Sathyan says:

        Sorry, the accident that made me ambidextrous happened in 1960, when I was 8.

        • Vishal Sathyan says:

          The accident that made me ambidextrous happened on Monday, 25th April 1960. I was playing in my courtyard. Suddenly, I fell down by slipping on a banana peel and had a great injury on my right hand, which was my dominant hand. As it was a summer vacation time, I was playing too much. But the injury made me resting for more than two weeks. During that time, I began to practice all my tasks except eating with my left hand. Now, I am a perfect ambidextrous.

          I am an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (A form of Lord Vishnu/Krishna worshiped in Guruvayoor Temple near Thrissur, Kerala, India), since my childhood. But increased as I suffered a severe fever in 1965, at the age of 13. I also worship all other Hindu deities. I visit Guruvayoor once a month. I am a secularist. So, I hate Guruvayoor Devaswom, a Hindu-fundamentalist terrorist temple organization. But, I am still writing for a book published by the same people named ‘Bhakthapriya’ and I am it’s agent since it’s starting in 1985! I live in a huge house of 10 cents at Thrissur, with my family. As I am a secularist, I follow the worship methods of all religions.

          • Vishal Sathyan says:

            I write in many styles with both my hands. My handwriting is very beautiful and I am fluent in more than 64 languages. Ambidexterity helps me in juggling, swimming, keyboard and percussion music, etc. I play with both my hands.

            There was a huge problem when I signed autographs of some people with my left hand at Guruvayoor. Some orthodox Hindu Brahmins beat on my face. I sentenced them.

  89. Kyle says:

    I’m a 19 year old male with fine penmanship and I am lefty. My Trick is to have your writing material facing side ways toward you. Some say I write like a girl; what is up with that?

  90. Ellie says:

    My sister on my dad’s side of the family is left handed and she’s third born. I’m fourth born and I’m left handed.

  91. Ellie says:

    I love being left handed. Diversity, baby! My parents NEVER forced me to use my right hand. My teacher was left- handed. :) I use my tamagotchis with my left hand. One at a time, or two hands if it’s serious for both of them, unless I want the to die. :)

  92. Ellie says:

    Thank you! I LOVE you guys! My cousin and my grandpa are the only other left handed people in my family. :) It’s great to find out I’m not the only one! :)

  93. Alexandra says:

    I’m left handed and I use my left hand to draw, write, and eat. I play sports with my write though. I’ve heard lots of rumors about left-handed; that it’s evil and we die earlier than right handed people because we are more clumsy. Also we tend to be smarter, but alittle crazier than normal. ( I don’t believe that part!)

  94. Dawn says:

    Hi, I have just collected my 4 yr old daughter from nursery, while there the staff spoke to me about my daughter…she had been asked to draw a self portrait (head/body) and when she did she drew the right of the picture with her right hand and the left of the picture with her left hand, something none of the staff have ever seen before, they were really stunned and quite impressed, i know of using both hands and generally swapping from time to time (ambidextrous) but not in such a way that it creates a cemetrical picture, you’d think she’d just use her left hand on one pic and another day her right whereas this is not the case…i wonder if any of you have ever heard of such a thing and know what it’s called and/or means?? Thankyou, Dawn

  95. jane says:

    What is the term for a person who was born left handed but made to be right handed?

  96. Foster says:

    I’m a lefty from Singapore, most teachers (including Chinese language teachers) don’t care about my handedness. Some have suggested that I change my handedness early so I don’t trouble myself in future, nothing said about monsters coming up from my left and eating me up. I don’t believe handedness can be changed. I have to join the conscript army, and they have the bullpup SAR21 rifle that can only be fired right-handed.

    My direct family has 8 members. 2 parents, 4 older sisters and 1 younger sister. I’m the only male and left-hander. 1 of my 4 aunts (and 4 uncles) is left handed too. Coincidentally, or not, this aunt is colour-blind like me

    • Pam Graham says:

      My husband and I have a very good friend who is color blind and is right handed. I don’t think that being color blind has anything to do with whether you are left handed or right handed.

  97. Darren McC says:

    I am one of 5 boys and the only left handed one in the family, I was lucky at school as I had a left handed teacher at the age of 8 (1981) until she want away for couple of weeks and the headmistress took our class and made me right with my right hand, I obviously struggled, but when my teacher came back she asked me why I was using my right hand so I told her. I remember the anger in her face to this day she put the pen back in my left hand and stormed out of class I guess to have a chat with the head. I am now married to a leftie and my 6y old daughter is a leftie too and started writing backwards but my 3y old son who is right handed also has just started writing somethings backwards.

    • radbn says:

      My mother went thru something very similar. she was in catholic school and they made her change. She maintained this solely to apease the teachers. However i come from a family of 11 and the total that are lefties are 2. my sister and my self have kid(S) and my daughter is a lefty and her son is a lefty.

      I love it because my daughter draws lovely and she is into writing, not typing , plays and skits. The girl is for sure super smart. when people see her writing and the neatness of it, they ask her as if they do not see her ohhh are you a lefty? lol!

  98. Vishal Sathyan says:

    One of my friends, Abhijith Mahipal (1952 – ) and my 85-year old mother, both are left-handed. They had many problems in the school.

  99. saira says:

    wellll……m a lefty too..n honestly..too proud to be 1..its cool wen ppl luk at u sayin ”oh well..u r exceptional” n as per my game (fencing) is concerned..dats a major boost to it!!!! :))

  100. tess says:

    im a lefty and so is my 4year old.she is clever but writes back to front sometimes.i never had this problem..is it normal?how do i help her?

  101. forrest says:

    I’m 100% ambidexterous and use my hands for different things. I draw pictures with my left hand and write letters with my right. I can skate both stances and can do anything with both hands. However, I’ve found my left hand is better at mostly everything than my right hand and it learns much quicker and does things with a GREAT ease. This is most likely due to your left side living in a blind world using its senses as its main contributor, which means it has a very good “feel” for everything. For those of you that are left handed, how often do you really “look” at your left hand? Almost never, looking at your hand is something that the right hand requires because it works in algorithms (basically math equations) and has to watch its every move to make sure it gets it right. Your left hand works in heuristics, which cut corners and eliminate unnessasary steps and gives you a much better result a lot faster almost all of the time. A feel for what you’re doing is very convenient, sorry righties. As for which side is evil, I don’t believe either of them are, they just specialize in their own thing. The left hand was mainly labeled evil in the old days (by right handed people, i might add) because they did not understand it and they feared it, immediately calling it filthy, unclean, demonic, and really anything to prevent its existence.

    • RivenDusk says:

      That’s a really interesting take on it.

      I am an IT/Webmaster as well as being an Ad Artist. I was born left-handed, but use both hands in mirrored movement to tie my shoes, use my right hand for the mouse/trackball on my computers, my right hand for lift-support and menial tasks and my left for writing, eating, drinking and high-precision tactile movement.

      I’ve never honestly thought of it as being and Algorithm/Heuristics thing, but I suppose that makes sense. thanks for the insight!

  102. Ruadhri says:

    Great reading all the comments! I also have memories of a teacher in the 70′s when i was 5, she didnt want me to write with my left hand and used the ruler to hit me each time i wrote, however it didnt stop me and thankfully that has stopped in schools, I also am the third born and both my parents are right handed, there are 8 siblings and only 2 of us are left handed!

  103. Ailis says:

    I’m left handed and actually allergic to an awful lot funnily. Also strangely, I do just about everything with my right hand except tie laces, eat and write obviously, so I think I must just have adapted. In my entire family only me and one of my other female cousins are left handed so I’m not too sure where it came from. Oh well. I think being left handed, though sometimes awkward, is special and I am proud to be one!

  104. Gemma says:

    The thing about the allergies I don’t recognize. I’m a lefty, but I’ve never really been allergic to anything. It’s almost extreme on the other side of the scale just because I’m not allergic to anything.

    There is, as far as I know, //one// lefty on my entire family tree. Except me, that is. That’s my great grandfather that I’ve never met. My great grandfather on my mother’s father’s side. I’m a tad ambidextrous, seeing as I can kick a ball with either foot, brush my hair with either hand, and small things like that. I could never write or cut with my right hand, though.

  105. Daisydoo says:

    I am left handed but use my computer mouse with the right – also knit right handed – after having several operations on left shoulder I am now quite adept using my right hand. Does anyone think that looking at another left handed person carving a roast or slicing bread looks awkward?

  106. Nick says:

    I am a lefty only for writing but then when i play baseball and being lefty would actually give me an advantage I’m righty.

  107. Jessie says:

    Hi, I’m was born left-handed, but my parents stopped me from using my left hand to write. Now, I do everything from eating, cleaning, cooking, washing, sewing and tying shoe laces with my left hand, but I write with my right hand.

    What does that make me?

  108. Sam says:

    Hi my 6 yr old is the only leftie in the family. We have never discouraged or encouraged him with his choice of hand but noticed at around 1 yr old he preferred his left hand so let him develop naturally. He is fab and draws beatiful pictures and is very creative with a fab imagination. He struggles to flush the loo as the handle is on the right. I thought he was being lazy till i tried it myself and its not easy. He does just about everything with his left that i noticed but to be honest i dont notice it until we do a new thing like shoelaces! Its hard to understand when you are all right handed but we are trying to learn from sites like this. Thank you x

  109. shahzad says:

    Is it true that left handed people have less life expectancy? Please let me know. thanks

  110. Sofia says:

    im ambidextrous ;D

    its weird…
    my right hand is faster but when i write with both they look the same.
    i write with whatever hand is closer to the pencil.
    i play bass lefty
    cut meat with left
    brush with right
    throw with right
    its half and half
    it makes me feel special when people are like “whoa! you write with both?!”
    :D <3

  111. microbarnsey says:

    I’m a lefty and and love it, I can multi task and my friends can’t! A few uncles from my mums side of my family are left handed and thats about it. During primary school I had about 3 left handed teachers and now in secondary school I have about 4, but there all women!?!
    I still love being left handed.

    • The Strange Cat says:

      Ha, same with me. All my great-uncles on mom’s side with my eye color are lefties, while my grandfather and the others with a different eye color are righties. My left-handedness really kind of popped up out of nowhere!

  112. rudy chidiac says:

    im a traditional artist, i usually draw portraits to the left side, im a left handed
    and my parrot jino (african grey parrot) is a lefty too hehe :)

  113. Mohit says:

    I am the only lefty in my family and I was the only lefty in my class for a long time, so I’m very proud of myself being a lefty. I only brush teeth and bowl with my right hand though that’s weird.

    • Mohit says:

      Umm… I think I typed wrong.. I brush with my left hand but bowl with my right.

      • Gina says:

        That is so wierd….I bowl right handed, play guitar right handed, and shoot a gun right handed, everything else is left-handed for me. My son is left-handed and displays some sociopathic personality as well as myself. Does anyone know anything about sociopaths and being left-handed?

  114. Olivia says:

    I’m the only lefty in my family, both my parents are right handed and so is my little brother. I’m left footed to which is cool because my soccer coach says i’m a more valuable player that way. :)

    I’m actually doing my school speach on how ‘you’re lucky to be a lefty’ so thats why i’m on this site.

    It was very helpfull :)

  115. Christina says:

    I’m left-handed and proud!! :) I am an artist and draw everything facing the right. I am the oldest of four kids to a left-handed mother and a right-handed father. My mother and I are the only left-handers, but now I have three kids and the two girls are both left-handed. My son, who is the youngest is right-handed. I think studying left-handedness is my favorite past time. There is a lot of cool info out there. I was just wondering if anyone heard of left-handers being diagnosed with Dyslexia more often due to being forced to switch hands. I heard this and wondered if it was true.

  116. SHIRAZ says:

    Ok so :

    I write left handed
    Eat left handed (ie spoon in left, dno if thats normal)
    wear a watch on my right wrist.

    kick right footed. i cant kick with my left.
    throw right handed. cant kick with my right.
    play snooker left handed. cant play with my right.
    use scissors right handed. cant cut with left.

  117. Jasmine says:

    In my opinion, I think we learn how to be left/right handed by our elders.
    I was left handed after I came back from Hong Kong with my Dad, who just so happens to be a lefty as well. I think I saw him use his left hand, and followed. You know children, they tend to follow what their parents do.

    And I feel really bad for the people who were forced to be right handed. I’ve never had extremes, considering I’ve been born within the 1990s, but when I returned from Hong Kong, my mother found out I was left handed. She began to yell at me to switch my usage on to my other hand. I think it is only based on all the religious things going on. But, I find it unfair how some people are judged based on the hand they use. They generalize people, and I find that we’re all unique in our own way.

    • Seagecko says:

      As far as learning to be right or left handed from our parents I am not sure that is correct. I am left handed and my son when he was a year old was decicevly right handed. If he picked anything up with his left hand he would put it in his right hand to use it. I have 3 childrend and none of them are left handed. My mom and her father were left handed. Each of my sisters has at least one left handed child while they are all right handed.

  118. Sean says:

    I come from a family of 4 kids. Both my parents are eight handed whilst 3 of the 4 of us are left handed. My wife is left handed, however is able to write with both hands, since she was forced to at school. Both my children are right handed. I have a cousin who is left handed and a nephew who is also left handed. Seems that there are a lot of us out there.

  119. Robert says:

    I can’t write with my right hand, i can’t kick with my right foot, i do everything left handed, but strangely enough i use my knife and fork like a normal right handed person does, weird.

    • Sammi says:

      not at all, I think I’m a default Left hander… believe it or nt, other than eating and writing, everything else is done on my left hand.. So, am I left or Right? lol I dunno too

  120. carolmaylett says:

    HI TO ANYONE WHOS READING I AM THE ONLY ONE IN MY MAMS FAMILY AND DADS THEY HAD FIVE OF US I HAVE A FAMILY MY SELF I HAVE FIVE CHILDREN MY SELF AND I AM OUT OF BOTH FAMLEYS LEFT HANDED HOW ODD IS THAT.

  121. Iain says:

    Meant to say, the only thing I couldn’t do was teach both my kids to tie their shoe laces! I tried to do it right handed and got totally confused. Never tried the sitting opposite thingy, will try that next time though!

  122. Iain says:

    Brilliant blog! I can honestly say it’s the first time I’ve read one to the end. I can identify with so much of the above. I’m a 3rd born lefty, my dad was a lefty and my mother says she was too until she was bullied into using her right hand at school. I believe we are all living in a right handed world and i’ve had to find my own way round many things right handers take for granted. I’m rightly proud to be left handed because like many of us lefties, I can do a lot more with my right hand than any right hander can with their left. I turn my paper almost 45 degrees to the right when writing and slant my writing to the left. ( I know, it’s daft but it works!) I’d play any sport left handed except golf which would be right handed and i’m right footed. I’m a musician and play right handed although I’m thinking of trying the guitar left handed. Long live the lefties!

  123. madjax says:

    Sad that in this day and age we are still forced to to be righties. I went to school in NZ in the late 70′s and I remember getting the ruler on my left hand everytime i tried to use it. My parents spent a lot of time up at the school “reprimanding teachers”!!
    My dad was schooled in the USA and was forced to be right handed, he is dyslexic and we discovered (due to an accident) that he can write more clearly and his spelling is better if he uses his left. Sadly though he cannot permanantly switch to the left side now as it’s just too hard for him to concentrate on it.
    My 19 year old daughter is ambidextrous and so was my Gran. Hubbie is a rightie though, means he has to do any work in the house involving scissors!!

    • BigRed says:

      Hi, I’m a lefty and one of my sisters is a lefty. My mum was forced to be righthanded but was naturally a lefty. I hate being called cackhanded! I have skills others don’t seem to have. I can read and write backwards upside down or back to front or a combination – is that a lefty thing? I learnt to play the piano as a child which helps righthand skills. I broke my left arm two or three times as a child so learnt to write righthanded as well, though now it’s not too comfortable – and it does make my brain feel peculiar. Scissors have always been a pain, and screw top bottles – they’re alright to undo but doing them up is harder. Can openers I’ve learnt to use righthanded. When I was a child, there was no such thing as an ambidextrous potato peeler, so I learnt to use a knife (I used to scrape them which is not only healthier but less wasteful). Spaghetti is a problem for me – I eat righthanded so the spoon and fork both belong in the left hand – I find it very awkward putting my right hand to my mouth – it’s a good way of dieting, though – takes much longer! I can iron both ways. I knit righthanded as my gran taught me and she was righthanded, although I taught myself to knit lefthanded, which means I can do stocking stitch without having to do a pearl row! Yeah, screws and anything that turns is my biggest bugbear – they’re all designed to be easier for righthanded people and I’m always cross threading things. Oh and I also read magazines from the back so any lefties out there thinking of writing a book for us – start it from the back.

  124. em says:

    qwerty keyboards have the most commenly used keys on the lefthand side – one tool where the design favours the left-handed.

  125. leftychell says:

    Im 50 now.When I was in high school I took cosmetology.I quickly became discouraged.There was no one who could teach me to cut hair/They kept saying”just do the opposite of what i’m doing!”.It was more complicated then that!I’m the first born of two.My bros a righty.My two kids are rightys but his daughter is a lefty.I do like being left handed tho.Its worth all the trouble!

  126. Lavorn Ingram says:

    im left handed and im getting baptized next week. after hearing this it scares me, smhwow everlasting fire r u serious.smh im really bervous now but i believe in god and praise him

  127. Michael says:

    Polar bears are not left handed, they can use both hands equally.

    • Michael says:

      Scientists were studying thought they were left handed, but they didn’t notice they are ambidextrous, they were to busy looking for only the use of the left hand.

  128. Sal says:

    Many religious people, including christians, were superstitious about lefties. Little did they know that in the book of Judges 20:16 God used 700 chosen left-handed men. Each and eveyone of them could sling stones at a hair-breadth and not miss.

    • Juston says:

      Very interesting, I’ve never heard that I knew that when The Lord established each tribe a Judge “of his own choosing, each having an infirmity of the flesh, that none should boast of his own works or marit. One of the men “being left handed” I would be interested in any more Biblical / historical info you might have preferably positive on the left-hand subject.

  129. Kim says:

    I’ve heard that studies have shown domestic cats are prone toward being left-handed whereas dogs tend to be right-handed…or should I say left- and right-pawed? We have both cats and dogs, and based on what I see in our pets, our cats tend to favor their left paws, but our dogs favor both.

  130. Peter Mac says:

    Wow, big deal, a recent discovery by a supposed expert(Right handed) that children don`t get taught using any right hand brain methodology which may well be causing learning difficulties with some students. I immediatly pointed out that all left orientated children use their right side of their brain for learning, he was quite puzzled then went on to describe what he considered to be classic symptoms. I again suggested he study left oriented kids, he wandered off looking even more confused.There are some real dipsticks in our society.

  131. Jack says:

    I’m left handed and im not allergic to anything and hardly ever have allergies but my handwriting is very horrible.. and i do draw figures towards the right so my left hand doesnt cover it was im drawing it. does me being left handed relate to my bad handwriting? my hand also gets tired very very easily

    • Kriss-10 says:

      Hey jack, I can totally relate to you. I’ll a lefty, and my handwriting looks like a 5 year olds, and I’m in 8th grade! My hand always cramps up though, and causes pains to my arm and back. I found out a big part of the pains for me was that the desks they used at school. There designed for right handers to have a place to put their arms, so my arm hangs off! It’s crazy! But I just deal with it. But anyway, yeah, leftys often to have bad handwriting, but its okay! Were proud to be left handed!

      • Ellie says:

        Me, too. :) The keyboard is the only thing where they like lefties. My hand cramps up all the time. Monica, my occupational therapist says I’m tilting my paper the wrong way.

  132. CLIVE WALDER says:

    Every polar bear I have ever seen on TV is ledt pawed. I believe that to be true

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  134. bella says:

    hi im lefty and im allergic ¬¬…and i have a parrot and its lefty too.. lol.. it take the food with his left foot :)

  135. clare says:

    I am the only left hander in my family…I dont suffer from any alergies, however my daughters who are right handed do!! I am left footed handed in nearly everything except that I knit right handed..my mother tried very hard to teach me over a very long period of time (well it seemed long when I was 8) and succeeded…crochet forget it not a hope!!

    • Patti says:

      Have your mother sit across from you when she instructs you to crochet. It works, my mother tried to show me how and with no success. My aunt which is left-handed also advised this and it worked. I have been crocheting for more than 20 years thanks to my god-mother.

  136. James says:

    Hi again, I left a comment on 12.1.09 and I feel that I need to say one more thing about schools and left handed students. I’m a retired, special eduction, middle school teacher. I feel that it’s a student’s right to have the proper tools (pencils, notebooks, etc) that are needed for a left-handed person. Schools in the States do not recognize left-handed students as being handicapped in the classroom. It is a real shame that schools can’t or won’t supply those small items, like notebooks, scissors, etc., for the left-handed student. I have 11 grandchildren with my oldest grandson a left-handed young man of 13. From the start of school 8 years ago, I have tried to keep him supplied with those left-handed items I feel he needs. Once a fifth grade teacher would not allow him to use his special left-handed pen and left-handed notebook. I came unglued when I heard that.

    Thank you for allowing me to sound off about this very real problem we have with teachers, schools, and left-handed students. James from the Mojave Desert in Southern California, USA

    • Chas says:

      James,

      I was very lucky when I was at school. We used to supply our own pens. As a result, I used nibs which were designed for left handers. Fountain pens had largely disappeared and cartridge pens were the norm. This saved having to reach for the inkwell which was always on the right hand side of the desk. The left handed equipment I use now – rulers, sharpeners etc wasn’t available then, so I had to adapt.

      I had an excellent metal work teacher who helped his left handed students a lot. He was left handed himself and taught us how to use right handed equipment.

      Chas

    • Rhonda Mills says:

      I admire you. I do not understand the right handed people! They think they know it all!!!!!!!! My second grade teacher tried to switch me over to right and my mother went to the principal. The principal told the old teacher……leave her alone……he was left handed too.

    • Courtenay Pollock says:

      Sadly i was not so lucky in school, I was treated horribly by my P1 teacher, she always made a fool out of me in class because of my writting and being left handed. When you are four years old and your teacher makes fun of you for being left handed it is terrible.

      My mother went to the principil to ask if I could be given extra help in school, he point blankly refused, he like my teacher believed it was my own fault and that I had to just learn how to write with my right hand. I pretty much had to fend for myself and tech myself how to write because my teacher wasn’t interested.

      Im 19 now and my writing is a lot better now, the only thing that has angered me is the fact that in every exam I have ever sat I have been marked down because of my writing, and believe me I try to write the best I can.

      Seriously, some one needs to have a sit down with all staff in education, especially those who are in charge of helping and teching young children how to write.

      Courtenay

      • James says:

        I feel so sad for you, Courtenay. I thought the way you were treated stopped in the 50s, it is sad to see that it is still going on today. When will teachers learn… I thought it was their job to keep learning and helping ALL students to be successful in school and life.

      • Gwen says:

        I know how you feel Courtenay. I am a child of the 50s and had to endure a strap coming down hard on my left hand in school when I would starting writing with my left hand. I tried writing with my right to avoid the strap, but my natural instinct was to pick up the pencil with my left hand and start working. Even though I was only four/five years old when this began, I cursed that damn teacher. Her strappings didn’t work. I think I cursed her. Her first born was missing two fingers on her right hand, and guess what —- she had to write with her left hand, lol. I still laugh when I think about it.

  137. maggie knight says:

    when writing with a pen / pencil that smudges try holding it an inch and a half from the nib – no more smudging. I found all the previous comments so true. At 15 I won a handwriting contest in the Daily Telegraph much to my teachers pleasure. Although she was right handed she was an inspiration to me. I have had no real problems through my life but when I lived in New York I lost count of the times I was stunned walking into glass doors set for righties

  138. Annabelle says:

    Hello

    I was the only leftie of my family but married my husband a leftie too and we have three sons and middle one and youngest are lefties.

  139. Adele says:

    I too had issues trying to teach my right handed son how to tie his shoes. Poor baby,I finally put him in front of a mirror,kneeled down behind him & tried to teach him that way. Finally, my right handed sister assisted in this task. I am ampidextrious (sp?) for the most part, but this was definately a challenge for me.

  140. Peter Mac says:

    Im the 3rd born in a family, the only lefty. Many leftys I know at the school I teach are also 3rd born.Has this shown up anywhere else?? I have the satisfaction of teaching L&R handed use of all hand tools in a workshop. Nearly all tools and machinery prejudice against Leftys, also the supplied workbenches in schools cause problems initially. By the time my left orientated pupils leave after 2 years they are superb examples of conquering this prejudice and go on to succeed with all the confidence in the world. You are left, be proud of being a member of a superior minority. Our greatest supporter “The President of the USA”, he knows which hand wields power. Enjoy watching him sign peace documents,

    • Luna says:

      Creepy. I am also the third born and am left-handed. I am also right hand stupid, can’t do jack with that hand except iron! And I totally draw figures to the right! Did we all know that left handers are banned from playing Polo?

      • Victoria says:

        thats odd…. im the baby and third born also!!!! my father’s lefty!!

      • Tracey says:

        Fascinating stuff! I too am a leftie but to be honest have found no probs with this. But interestingly i am the third born of four children, and i have 3 children myself and yes, the third is also a leftie!!! I would love to know more about how common this is, or if it is just a coincidence.

    • Jess says:

      Ha! I’m also third born! I’ve never heard this one before.

    • KayLi says:

      Weird….I’M 3rd born too! Wonder why the 3rd person is usually left handed….coincidence?

    • ali says:

      im the oldest and lefty, but my uncle and cuzin are 3rd born leftys.

    • Chas says:

      Peter,

      This is weird. I’m also a third born and left hander! My brother and sister are both right handed. I have a nephew who is not third born who is left handed. His mother is also a lefty. My sisters’ grand-daughter is left handed and she’s a third born!

      Chas

    • Sarah Huntley says:

      I am the third born of three children – and also the only leftie in the family. Interesting coincidences…

      • Marlee says:

        I just want to say I love this website! Everyone’s comments were really insightful. I wasn’t abused by anyone in school for writing left-handed, I don’t have any allergies that I’m aware of and I don’t own parrots but it was all pretty interesting. In middle school there was a required guitar class that I failed because my teacher couldn’t find me a left handed guitar. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to learn how to play the guitar but no one has any patience for a left-hander. Every one of the best friends I’ve ever had was left handed. I’m on the same level with lefties, I feel a LOT more comfortable with them for some reason. I still don’t understand that.
        I am the 3rd born and only left-handed child in my family though! Well, I’m the 3rd born from my father. I’m my mother’s 4th child. I love being left-handed but I can’t stand how everything in the world is made for right-handed people. I graduated from a very tiny high-school where almost HALF of the students were left-handed. It was magnificent. The school I grew up going to was predominantly right-handed (Of course) so when I moved to the smaller school it was VERY refreshing. I loved it. There was actually left-handed tools everywhere and my peers understood me. It was surreal.

      • Gabriella says:

        I find this so amazing! My mum is the 3rd born of her sisters & brother & she is a leftie.
        I’m her 3rd child & also a leftie. Everyone else is right handed… That is quite fascinating!
        I honestly think that someone should do a more indepth survey on it…

      • Ruadhri says:

        Hi, just found this website, very interesting reading, I too am a leftie and can still remember very clearly when I was 5 in the 70′s a teacher hitting me with a metre stick to stop me from using my left hand, it didnt work as I am stil a leftie and proud, and I am also the third born in my family and neither of my parents are left handed!

    • Natasha says:

      haha I also the 3rd born and a lefty. what a coincidence! but i have to older twin brothers with which one of them is a lefty. but no one else in my family is although my dads aunt writes w/ her right hand but does everything else left handed.

    • Jennifer says:

      Very interesting…I am reading this site looking for ideas to help me home school my “3rd born” son who I have noticed to be more left handed. He is only 4 and we are just beginning school and learning how to write. I see that he loves to use his left hand more than his right so I am researching on how I can help him better learn. From what I am hearing, most are saying to sit across from him to teach him to do his letters. Is there a “lefty alphabet”? Where they teach to make the letters in a different direction? I know my BIL is left handed too and he forms some of his letters differently than I would. Is there a rule to that?

    • Natasha says:

      I’m also 3rd born lefty, so is my husband, but our 2 lefty children are #1 and #4.

      • pinazee says:

        well, i’m third born on my dads side but only the second for my mom (he had a child previously to marrying her) and a lefty. Only one, but i rub it in their faces that i’m different :P

    • Pookey says:

      I’m a Leftie, but a first born (of four)

  141. Tracie says:

    I am the only lefty in 7 generations of my family. I was never stopped from doing anything left handed. I was taught right along with my brother to use power tools etc. I only write eat and brush my teeth with my left. I work in a pharmacy where 5 out of the 6 techs are left handed along with both of our pharmacists. We do find that troublesome when the pharmacy was designed to have everything on te wrong side for us.

  142. stacy says:

    I am a left-hander…and i have serious allergic problem too…is it because of i am left-hander?

  143. Carroll says:

    I am 66, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA, and never been forced to be a righty. I was an art major in college (starting in elementary and high school) and drew faces every direction, in fact more often facing ‘leftish’. I bat right, throw left, wear a watch on my right, but the mouse on a computer is on the right, unless it is a track pad. Not being from the east side of the Atlantic, I have never heard of cack-handed, but have always treasured two biblical accounts of left-handedness – one in Kings where a whole regiment of left handers could hit a hair with a sling and never miss and the other in Judges about Ehud’s craftiness in assassinating the evil King Eglon. Of seven siblings, the first two of us are lefties, the rest are righties. My wife and two daughters are righties, much to their loss :)

    • Silvija says:

      I just want to add that being left-handed helped me in basketball since I was the only one. I have no lefties in my family, not that I know of.
      Sometimes the right-handed world gives me some troubles but I manage.
      After all, I love being left-handed!!!!!

  144. David says:

    Funny you mention the allergies since I can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of times I’ve been sick or even had headaches. Didn’t even have measles or mumps as a kids, my daughter was generous enough to share here measles when I was in my 30′s.

    My teachers also tried to have me switch but never succeeed. I did write right-handed for several weeks in 9th grade after shattering my left arm.

    The main odd thing is I catch left handed but throw right handed so I have to first catch, then remove my mitt and then throw.

    Only leftie in the family and all of my kids are righties ;-(

    • Patti says:

      I’m funny when I play baseball! I catch with my left and throw with my left. I am forth born but my sister before me passed so I am third raised.

  145. Phil says:

    As regards being a “leftie”,I was born right-handed;but unfortunately I had a stroke at the age of 2 1/2 years & was left unconscious for 17 days.Prior to the CVA ,I was walking & talking but it left me semi-paralysed down my right side.Ok you say ;so he`s he`s HAD to use his left;but I have found particularly at school or college that some of the teachers & fellow pupils were very intolerant of me being a “leftie”.The worst time was with my last boss;he could never understand why when I filed documents in a folder they were always the opposite way round to all the others! What a moron!
    The biggest laugh(at myself I hasten to add)is a picture of me marching in a parade,& guess who started off on the wrong foot & the picture shows me putting my LEFT foot forward when everyone else was on their right.

    • Barry says:

      I must admit that I didn’t realise you could have a stoke at that age. You’ve been very unfortunate and admire your courage.

  146. Andrej says:

    It is important to be able to explain yourself why you are acting, thinking or doing something little diefferent than other. As soon as possible.
    When you have an explanation you have a chance to find your strong points and use them with full power.
    Please encourge children being lefthanded, encourge them to use their imagination, good instinct ond other advantages.

  147. Chas says:

    I’m fortunate. I was never forced to use my right hand at school. However, when I was very young, my parents tried to force me to become right-handed. They were stopped by a nurse who saw that I had developed a slight speech impediment because of this. I still have that slight speech impediment even though it’s more than 50 years ago.

    At school left-handedness was treated as nothing different. I had a metal work teacher who was left-handed. He was able to help left-handed students use certain tools which were right-handed.

    At home everything is set for left-handed use. The kitchen tools are all left-handed. The kitchen is set up with everything being placed for easy left-handed use. I’m a hobbyist model maker and my work shop is also set up for left-handed use. The computer has its’ mouse controls set up “in reverse”!

    At work, I’m in an office on my own – bliss! This means the computer is programmed with left-handed mouse controls. My desk is set up for left-handed use with all important things on the left. I’ve even got a left-handed ruler on my desk. It’s one thing that will never go on walkabout!

    For sport, in cricket I bat right-handed, but bowl left-handed. Judo is a right-handed sport. However, many years ago an instructor taught me to throw left-handed. It sometimes works. If nothing else, it causes the opponent to be wary

  148. Mo woods says:

    I find the stories of people having their left hands tied down so they have to use their right hand horrific, it is abuse, this is where all the rubbish about us being clumsy and stammering comes from our brains are wired differantly to righthanders so if you mess with the natural behavior problems occur. Of course the world is organised by righthanders so everything is the wrong way round for us, I do find a better attitude in USA
    I am so glad it never happenned to me, I was at school in the fifties and had no problems like that, my Mother who is now 86 is also a lefty and tells me she too was lucky and did not suffer any abuse.
    I did have problems in my nursing career as in the days I trained all the trolley settings were righthanded and all procedures taught that way even to which side of the bed you should stand
    I would like to believe that attitudes are changing

  149. Paul Seabrook says:

    I had one genious teacher who taught right handers to turn the writing paper slightly to the left for writing and without a moments thought, instructed us lefties to turn the page slightly to the right … duh! She did not appreciate me pointong out to her that we are all writing in the same direction … if I was writing backwards (right to left) her suggestion would work just fine. She would not admit her mistake …

    • Emma says:

      that’s because it wasn’t a mistake. i have always turned my paper slightly to the right, i distinctly remember being told off several time for it. the reason it helps is because, as a left hander you are writing on the page in such a way as to cause your left hand to cross your body. this can be uncomfortable, by turning the paper you automatically re-orientate the motion to a more natural progression towards your body. for roght handers, the revers is true, they form a natural progression away from the body

      • Paul Seabrook says:

        Interesting point Emma, however it was uncomfortable for me when I tried it.
        …. and oh the fun of drafting! Pencil smudges and turning the T-square to the other side was terrible too, they didn’t finish that edge of the board as well as the left side!

        • Victoria says:

          i agree! you would think that with all of the studies showing we’re artisitic… youd think theyd make some more architect tools for us no?

          • Paul Seabrook says:

            I might add, that I”m one of two lefties in a family of 7 kids. My brother is 4th born and I’m first.
            BTW at 60, left-handed scissors are awkward for me … my brother gave up trying to cut with his left and switched to right …

  150. Victor says:

    I have just got done reading all of these and these for the most part are true.

  151. James says:

    I’m retired and in my sixties. When I first went to pubic school and my teacher discovered that I was left-handed. My left hand was tied to my side with ribbon for many weeks (I guess with my parent’s permission), in order to force me to use my right hand. The worse part of being left-handed is all the black pencil marks on my left hand from dragging my left hand across the paper as I wrote in school. Even today, I sometimes have that very problem. When someone tells me that being left-handed isn’t that hard, I give them a pair of left-handed scissors or some other left-handed tool that I have purchased from this site to use. They all ways have a hard time using left-hand products. Happy Holidays

    • Jason says:

      I had a supervisor that gave me hard molded plastichandle right hand scissors. I complained, no good came about. I really wish I had your idea. That would have made my situation sooo much easier.

    • gillian says:

      I doubt if the school would have asked your parents permission, if you are in your sixties.

  152. KEITH says:

    omg, at scholo we (any lefties) were battered for using our left hand.but im still a very proud lefty, as i always say ” all geniuses are left handed” lol

    • JJ says:

      I could’nt agree more, I use to hear my mum said that people born left handed are very smart, creative and intelligent but can’t be shown had to be secret about it and I dnt understand my folks n grands I was beaten when I use my left hand to eat to write. As I grown up I can use boths hands. lol

    • gillian says:

      Even those of us who were not punished for being left-handed, are generally better at using our non-dominant hand than righthanders are. So we are likely to cope better if our dominant hand is injured. Maybe it is the right handers who need encouraging to use their left hand more.

  153. Maria says:

    At the school I remembered that I was the only left handed in my class (1 out of 40). In my first semester at the university one of our teacher realized that we were 5 lefties in the same classroom. To me, being the one and only left handed in a classroom for a long time, it was hard to believe. I am very proud of being lefty. My daugther is left handed, and my first nephew, too. My son (the oldest one) is rigth handed but I was always very carefull telling his prescholar’s teachers to pay attention to him and his hand preferences because I was left handed, just in case.

  154. Laura P says:

    I have loads of allergies, food allergies, hayfever, detergents, the lot! Maybe it’s because I am lefty then?

    It’s weird, I am one of 5 cousins (me and my sister and my 3 cousins from my aunty), none of our parents OR grandparents are left handed but 4 of us cousins are!

    We don’t know where we got it from – am guessing my mum’s side as it is her sister’s children who I am talking about. We sometimes wonder if one of our Great-Grandparents / Grandparents was left handed but it was ‘trained’ out of them at a young age??

    L

  155. Spud loves being Left Handed says:

    lol, the thing that makes me laugh is the allergies part. I am allergic to garlic, so I was thinking if I was right handed I quite possibly wouldn’t have that allergie. But then, I’m not right handed and I would rather be allergic to garlic and be left handed then not be allergic to garlic and be right handed. In my case left handers are better, seeing as there is less of us, and we are more successful. SO WE RULE!

  156. Melissa says:

    I would like to add that me and my brother are also lefties with both parents being righties. I have an uncle that is a lefty as well as one of his daughters being a lefty too. But the sad part is that when I started school in the seventies, my teacher at the time was hell bent in making me a righty. She would take those huge long pencils and wack the daylights out of my left hand and say “pencil in tHe right hand only!” She would also smack the top of my left hand with a ruler if I was caught writing with that hand. But I defied her and stuck with my lefty writing and am soon to be 38 and am still a LEFTY!
    So no matter the supersittions or what cultures difine as “right” or wrong I am PROUD to be a left!

    • sue ogley says:

      i am 49 and am proud to be a lefty too. my mum is a lefty [who had her left han tied behind her back].my two children are lefty yoo.but not the grandkids. i like the fact we are not common too

  157. Richa says:

    My Younger son( 7 yrs) is a left hander and I was thrilled to find this website as it helped me understand his problems in day to day life as he is the only lefthander in the family.

    Just wish the lefthander things like pens and all were available in India too.

    Thank you everyone….Keep writing.

  158. Sharukh says:

    Heres some more on handedness in animals

    Initially thought that only few animals such as chimps and horses have the ‘handedness’ attribute, research shows that cats too have preferences about their paws. A female cat is more likely to be right-handed, and males left-handed. If you have a pet at home, offer him/her some food in a jar and see which paw they use to fish it out.

    • Sarah says:

      My previous cat was definitely left pawed. He would wake me up by padding my shoulder with his left paw. I have a female cat who seems to favour her left paw and a male cat the favours his right.

      As for allergies, I don’t have any at all and I am certainly a leftie.

  159. sandy says:

    Hi all,
    I am a Lefty and in my side of the world (South Asia) giving money frm your left hand especially in the morning is taboo. And people dont accept:-)

  160. Carrie L. says:

    As the only lefty of 7 children in my family, my Dad is one also, I learned to do quite a few every day tasks right handed. I played the viola for many years, and that is one stringed instrument (along with violin, cello and bass) that being left handed can be a positive. The left hand is used for fingering the strings and with good strength it is a bonus. Would also like to let all of you know that I enjoy the newsletter and hearing from other lefties of the world. I look forward to receiving it every month. Keep up the good work and Happy Holidays to all.

  161. Carl says:

    Another note of oddity. I am a lefty and up until I met my fiance of five years I could not keep a girlfriend or lover for very long, like a year tops. I met my fiance and found out we were both lefties. Have had a great relationship ever since. Most of our lefty friends are jealous of us and fight with their other “halfs”. Well good luck!

  162. Dave Miller says:

    On the subject of ringing in the ears (and “burning” earlobes, I was always taught that it was “right for spite, left for love”, so if you right ear rang or roght earlobe felyt hot, somebody was saying bad things about you and vice versa.

  163. Harry says:

    Very interesting!! This thing about ambidextrous people being at a disadvantage, that is! I’ve never had any trouble using either hand for any task – in fact, I’ve found it a distinct advantage.

    Especially when (while I was in the Army) being able to use a weapon on either the right or the left side (it depended on the cover available – what’s the point in shooting around the right-hand side of an obstacle when the bulk of your body is exposed? Use the other (right hand side) and this obscures your body from oncoming fire!).

    Having said that, the majority of weapons, sports equipment and musical instruments favour the right-handed. I decided to learn how to play stringed instruments right-handed as I couldn’t afford one of my own at the time. However, when playing the piano, try playing the melody with the left hand – it’s much easier!! Jerry Lee Lewis learned this from an early age! It also sounds great!

    While I’m neither right nor left-handed, I use whichever gives me the better advantage! Try playing tennis, squash, or snooker against a left-handed opponent (if you’re right-handed, that is) – it’s awkward! Better again, try playing an opponent with two raquets (in tennis or squash) – they haven’t a hope!! Even against an old man like me!!!!

    If you’re a lefty or righty, enjoy!! Like everything else there are good and bad ones among us!!

    Harry

    • Laura P says:

      I play all sports instruments right-handed because there often just isn’t the option to play lefty.
      Altho sometimes if I am getting competitive I will bat left handed in cricket or rounders as the bowlers get really confused!
      Also I like to change hands for tennis/squash etc because my backhand is so rubbish!!!

      I like being a lefty :)
      x

    • Jennifer says:

      Interesting that you brought up weapons. My husband who is a “right hander” is a police officer. He had been training to get his AR and learned that he is left eye dominate. In all of his gun training he had been doing everything like a right hander would do but then he learned that he was left eye dominate and had to relearn to use his left hand.

  164. Mark D says:

    When growing up my mum, younger brother and myself are all left-handed. My dad, sister and other brother all right handed. :)

    Now my wife, step daughter and i all lefties. My step son is the only right-handed one in the house and so gets called “cack handed” but only as a joke :D

  165. Ray says:

    I eat and write left handed. I am right legged, and throw right handed. I use most tools either left or right. I shoot a bow right handed but my master eye is the left. I shoot a pistol either right or left, doesn’t matter. Shoot a rifle with both right or left but, have to use a shotgun on the left. Walking is right dominated but go to the left most of the time at the fork in the road. Still not sure which handed I am and I am 64. One grand daughter a lefty.

  166. André says:

    I am left handed and 43, when I was 12 had lessons to improve my alredy love of playing the guitar ( i had re-strung my guitar so I could play left handed ) but my tutor insisted on me turning my guitar back to being strung for right handed so he could continue teaching as he felt he couldn’t teach me when my guitar was strung left handed. I struggled to play well after that and eventually gave up as my playing and confidence deteriated, as a result I never picked up a guitar again. I look back and wonder about the chances I missed as a result of me not sticking my foot down and insisting on playing left handed but I was just a young lad and didn’t have the confidence to challenge him of even think of changing tutors which is what I should’ve done. Such is life.

    • Duncan Waldram says:

      Hi Andre just read your e mail.Im also left handed and fifty five years old i picked the guitar up a couple of years ago as like you i didn,t have the confidence or the patience when i was younger. Go for it your never to old to learn and it,s fun .

    • Laura says:

      Hey Andre, I’m left handed and also had trouble learning how to do things from a right handed instructor. Try mirroring what they do, I got used to doing that and was told I was picking things up faster than everyone else (who were all right handed).

  167. hannah says:

    as the only left handed person in my family when i was born my grandmother tried to force me to write with my right hand. i was known as cack handed, and have always had allergies from the age of 7

  168. Magz says:

    I am to left handed and left footed. My daughter is left handed but right footed. We are the only left handers in my family.

  169. KayLi says:

    I agree with the “Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the right.” part. Come to think of it, i do that all the time, and they usually look better than the ones i draw faced to the left. XD

  170. Bernard Bogere says:

    Dear Friends
    l am left handed who was forced to change to right hand writting. lam now old but feel
    disapointed that teachers did this to me when l was learning to write. l live in Uganda
    and l have a school with 1500 pupils 60 of those are all left handed and lam encouraging
    them to keep using their left hand. l have formed a left-handed writers club in my school
    and l want to do the same in every school in Uganda. Thank you for this material.

    Bernard Bogere
    Uganda

    • LINDA THREATT says:

      I TO WAS FORCED TO WRITE WITH MY RIGHT HAND. IN ALL ELSE I AM LEFT HANDED. I GOLF, PICKGUITAR,BOWL,COLOR ….ALL ELSE LEFT HANDED. I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS, ONE IS RIGHT HANDED THE OTHER IS EQUAL IN BOTH. I THINK ALL LEFT HANDERS SHOULD BE ENCOURGED NOT MADE TO CHANGE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SCHOOL. LINDA

    • hannah says:

      good for you, after all, we are in the 21st century now

  171. Rob Russell says:

    Looking at the animal information regarding left handiness I have just come across the following two articles that all left handers might find interesting

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/09/03/brain-handedness.html
    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/07/23/cats-handedness.html
    Cheers
    Rob

  172. jill says:

    approximately 30% of vets are left handed in the UK; handy for handling those parrots!

  173. Philip cunningham says:

    It’s interesting that you mentioned that parrots seem to be left-footed. I have an african grey parrot who always uses his left foot to hold food while eating. I’ve also had many dogs over the years who always shook “hands” with their right paws no matter how many times I’ve tried to retrain them. I now have a male boxer who always shakes with his left paw no matter who offers to shake with him. The only dog I’ve seen do this. Another bit of info, my wife and myself are both left-handed but both of our sons are right-handed. Go figure. I was the only leftie in my family, my wife has one sister who is left-handed. When it came time to teach my sons how to tie their shoes I had a lot of fun. Thanks for all the information. Philip

  174. Spud the 100% lefty says:

    WOW! I’m related to parrots and polar bears! cool!

  175. Walker says:

    “Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the right.”, the last part of the trivia, i’m a left-handed artist and when i draw human/animal figures there always appearing on the right even though i don’t even stop and think about it :P

  176. mahum says:

    i find the second last of the trvia funny, becuase even if i dont have any allergies i am really weak: pysically. in fact i am so weak that our whole family has this running joke that something is bound to go wrong if i dont go sick in the winter time. hehe

  177. namitha says:

    funny… i’ve always been prone to allergies and infections. in fact, i’ve had pharyngitis thrice in the past 2 years!!