Are you a lefty, also known as a Southpaw? International Left-Handers Day falls on 13 August. Here are fun ways to celebrate this special day!
Only 10-percent of the population are left-handed, but that makes you Southpaws even more special. So it makes sense that there is an International Left-Handers Day to celebrate every year. It’s 13 August, since you ask.
Actually, acientists aren’t sure why some people are left-handed. They know that your genes play a part because being left-handed does run in certain families. But it is not such a strongly inherited trait as your height or your hair colour, for example.
Being left-handed is more common in twins – one study in Belgium found that 21-percent of twins are left-handed. But it’s not true that identical twins always mirror each other, with one being left-handed and the other right-handed.
There are plenty of theories on why some people are left-handed, but some experts believe it’s just a random chance. But science aside, there are plenty of ways to celebrate International Left-Handers Day, which falls on 13 August. So let’s raise a glass (in our left hands) to our left-handed friends!
1. Encourage friends to spend the day left-handed
When you are left-handed you have to adjust to a right-handed world – everything from can-openers and cutlery to scissors and doorknobs are optimised for right-handed people. If this seems like no big deal to your friends and family, encourage them to spend International Left-Handed Day living life as a left-handed person. After a day a day battling to do basic tasks, they’ll understand your daily life much more deeply. They may even feel moved to buy you a left-handed pair of scissors!
2. Buy left-handed gifts for yourself
Treat yourself to a present specifically made for left-handers. If you prefer practical gifts you can now find mugs and scissors, shaped for left-handers.
Or you can celebrate your left-handed creativity with a left-handed guitar, optimised for use by left-handers. Instead of having to learn musical chords upside down, you can just relax and play guitar the way you want.
By the way, famous guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney play left-handed. When Paul first picked up the guitar to join the Beatles, he tried to play right-handed. But he became frustrated and nearly gave up. Luckily Sir Paul worked out how to flip the guitar, reverse the strings, and pick with his left hand.
3. Give a shout-out to left-handed celebrities
Learn about left-handed celebrities to make your day even more special. At least four of the past seven US Presidents have been left-handed, including the 44th President, Barack Obama. Other popular left-handed celebrities include Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker… we mean Mark Hamill. Plus actors Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lawrence and singer Justin Bieber are all left-handed.
Musician and actress Lady Gaga is famously left-handed – she holds a mic, writes, and does just about everything with her left hand. Even her tattoos are inked only on the left side of her body.
Some studies suggest that left-handed people are more creative – perhaps it comes from finding ways around a world designed for right-handed people? Famous left-handed artists include Michelangelo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Peter Paul Rubens, Hans Holbein The Younger, and Vincent van Gogh.
We’ll even throw in the most famous artist of all, Leonardo da Vinco. He was able to write and draw equally well with his right hand, and his left hand.
4. Post left-handed quotes on social media to celebrate International Left-Handed Day
Celebrate on social media with quotes and memes that are all about left-handed brilliance. Here’s some left-handed zingers that come out of left-field;
“Life without left-handed people wouldn’t be right.”
“When nothing goes right, go left.”
“I may be left-handed, but I am always right.”
“If the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, then only left-handed people are in their right minds.”
By Arshi Iqbal, August 2021 / Images credited to relevant businesses.