Left handed advantages, tin openers
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In this issue..
1. The advantages of being left-handed 2. Chances of having a left-handed child 3. Left handed tin openers
We often end up complaining about the frustrations of being left-handed, but there are plenty of advantages as well. Here is a list that has been reported in various places recently – we have done features on most of these items before but it is nice to put them all in one place. It would be great to make this list longer as well! If you can think of any other advantages of being left-handed and, ideally, can provide some sort of research results or reporting to back it up, please add a comment below and we will expand the list. Use this link to see the full list with explanations and links
About 10% of the world’s population are left-handed and it seems that left-handedness runs in families, with the handedness of the mother being an important factor. So what are the chances of having a left-handed child? We have reviewed all the research and statistics on this and done some calculations of our own and this is how it looks (the chance of a left handed child for each birth):
There are many variables that affect these figures and one study showed that left-handers have less children on average that right handers. This is meant to be a guide rather than a scientific conclusion. However, whichever set of assumptions you use, some interesting figures come out:
Right handers hold a tin opener in their left hand, put it on the right side of the tin and turn the handle away from them with their stronger and more “dextrous” right thumb and, of course, most tin openers are made to work that way. For us left-handers, we want thing to work completely opposite to that so we can turn the wheel with our LEFT thumb, and that makes it very difficult to use a right handed opener.
Luckily, we have had a range of left-handed tin openers produced that allow you to use them effectively as a left-hander and, if you leave then laying around the kitchen, will really confuse any right-handers who try to use them! Use this link to see our video on left-handed tin openers and order your own
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