August 13th is International Left Handers Day, as it has been since 1976 when it was founded by Dean R. Campbell.
Are you one of us?
- YES I am left-handed
- NO I am not left-handed
Around 10% of people are left-handed and in the past it has carried some rather negative stigma as well as some practical difficulties in every day life.
At a younger age, in the days of cheque books, it was a real struggle to write a cheque from the left hand side with the stubs in the way, not to mention the smudged ink as one’s hand trails through the fresh ink across the page!
Even trying to write in straight lines is difficult once the writing disappears under one’s hand.
Many tools and utensils were only designed for right handed people such as scissors.
But do the left-handers have any advantages? Does the brain structure lead to a certain side preference and is it a cause or consequence of certain social and/or personal characteristics?
Notable left-handed scientists include Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Sir Isaac Newton and Alan Turing.
And the BIG question: Are left-handers better traders?