August 13, 2010

International Left-handers' Day

Started in 1976 by Left-handers' International, this is a holiday that celebrates left-handed people everywhere. Another reason for the special day is to raise awareness among right-handed people about the inconveniences faced by the minority (only around one out of ten people is left-handed).

With only 10% of the population being left-handed, we could assume that only four or five U.S. presidents would have been left-handed... But we would have assumed wrong! There are twice as many lefties among the Presidents as expected, including four of the last five presidents!!

The recent lefties are Reagan (although he did write with his right hand, probably because he was forced to as a kid), Bush Sr., Clinton, and our current President Obama!

Some other famous left-handers include Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Prince William of England, Fidel Castro, Helen Keller, Buzz Aldrin (along with about 25% of Apollo astronauts!), Jay Leno, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Marilyn Monroe, and many, many more!

Cra-zy how many famous, smart, talented people are left-handed, huh?

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