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Have I Got News For You – TV quiz left-handed headlines

The very popular UK TV programme Have I got News For You has been running since 1990 and is a news-based quiz with teams partly answering questions and mainly making jokes at the expense of others. The show ends with a quick-fire round “Missing Words” round where the panelists have to guess the blacked-out words in a news headline. As well as national newspaper headlines, they also have headlines from a “guest publication” for additional comic effect.

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We have been approached by the programme's producers Hat Trick to see if they can use our Left Handers Club newsletter as their guest publication in a forthcoming programme. We will surely come in for a bit of teasing on the show but it is also a great way to let a lot more left-handers know about the Left Handers Club so we have said yes.

We thought it might help them as well as being a bit of fun if we could create some headlines for them to use, so let us have your ideas by adding a comment to the post about this on our website. They need to have a left-handed theme, be roughly linked to our newsletter and allow room for the insertion of amusing comments by the panelists. Here are some ideas of ours to get you started…

Left Handers – from the famous quote by W C Fields “

“If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body, then left-handed people must be the only ones in their right minds.”

President Obama – When US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister (and fellow lefthander) Benjamin Netanyahu in March he told him that as a boy living in Indonesia, he was often hit with a ruler as punishment for writing with left handed. “When I was in Indonesia, it was considered bad manners to write with ones left hand.” Obama said. “Even though I would get hit with rulers, I just stuck with it” he explained, according to a press agency report of the conversation.

Left-handers – We often end up with great confusion about which side of the face to plant a social kiss on, leading to embarrassing mix-ups and accidental kisses on the lips. See our article on Lefty Kissing and lots of comments on it here.

So, have a think and give us your ideas for some great left-handed headlines by adding a comment below.   If Hat Trick do accept our suggestions, we will be sure to let you know when the programme is airing.

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16 comments on “Have I Got News For You – TV quiz left-handed headlines
  1. Val Banton says:

    How about a quote I came across somewhere (unfortunately I have no idea who said it),
    “God made a few special people. The rest he made right handed”.

  2. johnrosado rosado says:

    one of the reasons why the world is so screwed up is because of right handedness, the so called righteous side!!

  3. Lewis Harper says:

    Hi to you all,
    I am a Left Handed Woodturner, & in my belief, the Wood Lathe was made for the Left Hander’s By a Left Hander.
    As Left Handed Woodturners, we have to be Ambidextrous, so we may Turn a Bowl or the likes.
    Mainly, we stand in the Centre of The Lathe, but our Right Handed Turners have the Head Stock to contend with, but certainly doesn’t worry them at all.

  4. karl-peter zorn says:

    i have such pens since 6-7-8 years but i have tosay when i Need them they`re always empty.(with ink). i take them also to paint with severel colours.

  5. percy romair says:

    If I get the opportunity, I’ll kiss the woman just on Her lips, & on each cheek. it won’t matter about left or right side!!!

  6. michael henry says:

    9 out of 10 people on earth are right handed (handicapped), this means that in a parallel universe almost everyone is perfect

  7. Ros Knight says:

    Love your comment Edmee!!

    The only sinister thing about left-handers is………
    ……….their dexterity!

  8. Nancy Shepherd says:

    What a great idea – I enjoy this programme. I don’t think we should think up new headlines specifically with it in mind, however, but suggest going back over genuine headlines from previous articles.

    For example, “Left-handed gestures – good or bad?” (August 2010); “Anything Left-handed started in a small shop in Soho in 1968” (June 2009). And of course the one you mentioned “Kissing causes confusion for …”

    Good luck.

  9. Edmee says:

    Left ON!

    Only a few people are perfect the rest are right handed!

  10. Gerald says:

    Howq abiut this for one of your headlines…

    I was born right handed but I overcame that handicap!!!!!Aaa3p6

  11. Ian Meach says:

    Scissor Sisters left ………

    Left handed thread gives Milliband …..

    ‘ I was left right … ?…’ says Clegg after …

    Hodgson solves England’s left-sided problems with …

  12. Brian Connaghan says:

    Left – Handers Wrote The Bible

    Not only were left handers used as assassins and armies, but only left handed men were used to copy down the Old Testament scriptures. This was because the ancient Hebrew text was written from right to left and the had to be accurate. Right handers would have dragged their hand across the text. This is why only left handed men were used as scribes.

  13. Emma Shane says:

    “A third of the ‘expert’s puppeteered ——-”
    Two of the panel of six ‘Experts’ on ‘That Puppet Game Show’ are puppeteered left-handed. Namely Sport’s Expert Miss Jemimia Taptackle and showbusiness expert Amber O’Neill.
    As the majority of puppet characters are left-handed (because of the people under them who help them move being right-handed, and therefore using their right-handed to help the puppets move), Miss Taptackle and Amber have the distinction of being right-handed, because their “special friend” (among the people who help them move), Louise Gold (who helped to set up Spitting Image), happens to be lefthanded.

  14. Tony says:

    Left handers get into areas that right handers cannot reach

  15. Belinda says:

    Hello, my suggestion is actually something I’d like to see investigated/reported on- is it really accurate that only 10-11% of the population are left-handed? A headline of “Are left-handers on the increase?” might work- gives quite a lot of scope for amusing inserts. I work as a registrar of births and deaths and in each appointment I have to hand a fountain pen to the customer to sign the register page. I think 30% or even more informants are left handed. Perhaps that means that more lefties are having babies and losing relatives! Or how about “Are more men left-handed than women?” A popular theory that again I think might be incorrect. If you have a new left- handed product you could have a tried and tested article “Do left-handed … really improve your …?” or “Are left-handed scissors/pens/potato peelers really worth investing in?”

  16. carl mcbean says:

    This my entry for the HIGNFY regarding the round called missing words

    Things ************* Do that annoy us! (The missing words are ” Right Handers”)

    The list of things they do is via the link below.

    Kind Regards


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