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Left handed advantages, tin openers

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1. The advantages of being left-handed 2. Chances of having a left-handed child 3. Left handed tin openers

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1. The advantages of being left-handed

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

  1. Left handedBeing left handed is an advantage in many sports
  2. Lefties have a greater chance of being a genius or having a high IQ
  3. Left handed men may make more money
  4. Left handed people adjust more easily to seeing underwater
  5. Lefties are better able to multitask
  6. Some left-handed individuals have better memories
  7. Generally, lefties are better at playing video games
  8. Left handed stroke victims recover faster than right handers
  9. Left-handed people are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits
  10. Southpaw drivers are more successful at learning to drive than right handed people
 
2. Chances of having a left-handed child

Left handed thumb sucking in the wombAbout 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):

  • Two right handed parents, 9%
  • Left handed father, 12%
  • Left handed mother, 16%
  • Two left handed parents, 20%

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:

  • More than 50% of left-handers do not know of any other left-hander anywhere in their living family.
  • Around 75% of left-handers have two right-handed parents and only 2% have two left-handed parents.
  • Between 7 and 8 out of 10 children born to two left handed parents will be right handed

Use this link to see our full article on this with our calculation details

 
3. Left handed tin openers

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.

Left handed tin opener on can
Left handed tin 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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8 comments on “LHC Intro 5 Tin Openers
  1. Tia says:

    I am a bit confused on your definition of a southpaw batter for a game like baseball. I am a lefty myself, and if you were in the pitcher’s position, facing the home plate, I, the batter, would be on the pitcher’s left. I have my left hand on top when holding the bat. Contrary to the description of the advantages of being a left-handed batter stated above, I have my back to first base because of where I stand. Can anyone clarify this confusion I have?

    • Keith says:

      A left-handed batter would have their left hand BELOW their right on the bat and be looking towards the pitcher on their right side (same setup as a left-handed golfer). Although their back is to first baseas they stand waiting for the pitch, after they strike the ball their momentum turns them towards it and they can continue running in that direction rather than having to stop their motion and turn back the other way like a right-handed batsman.

  2. Jennifer Micheli says:

    In my teens I started playing cricket in a team. I batted right handed, but bowled with my left arm. I remember my maternal grandfather, who was a very good slow right armed bowler, telling me that my combination was very good. I now play tennis and I know my left handed tennis playing baffles some players. Being left handed has proved difficult at times during my life, but I think it tends to make us more resourceful, at least for me it has.

  3. Laura says:

    The one tool I can’t use is a left-handed can opener! Somebody bought me one once, and it completely fried my brain trying to do it the opposite way from how I’ve done it for the last 40-odd years. I did have fun with it though, I took it to my Mum’s and secretly swapped it with hers! It was hilarious watching first my mum, then my brother, sister, brother-in-law, daughter, and son-in-law all trying to figure out what was wrong with it!

  4. Scott Conlan says:

    Hi, All!
    Has there ever been a study of the %-age of lefties, hearing impaired and/or hearing, who communicate fully or partially in ASL (American Sign Language) and the associated benefits or challenges in signing as a leftie? I am an adult leftie, minimally hearing impaired, and am trying to learn signing. Any insights?

  5. Evette says:

    Just a comment, on the possibilities of having left handed children.. I have two kids… BOTH are left-handed… Lol

  6. Keith says:

    Hi Cheryl.
    Thanks for the link to my article. We do deliver our lefthanded products to the USA by airmail and send lots of orders there every day!

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