International Lefthanders Day

International Lefthanders Day - Tuesday, August 13, 2024

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Wonder what it’s like to see the world from a “left-handed” point of view? On International Lefthanders Day, August 13, you get to explore that world for a day. Did you know Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were all left-handed?  Rock out with Paul McCartney or Jimi Hendrix, the world’s greatest left-handed guitarist.  (Stevie Ray Vaughan, born right-handed, learned to play a left-handed guitar like his hero, Hendrix). There’s also Oprah Winfrey,  Julia Roberts and Lady Gaga, left-handers all.  In baseball, there were the legendary “southpaws,  Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. So, if you’re left-handed, grab your left-handed cup and make a toast to all left-handers, everywhere!


From scissors to knives, Left Handers, or Southpaws, are the brunt of jokes all year long for various different things. But this is the day to ignore that, and bring awareness to all the right handed folk around the globe in celebration of Left Handers Day, after all while right handed people operate in the left side of the brain, left handed people sure the right side. Therefore, only left handed people are in their right mind.

History of Left Handers Day

Celebrating it’s first year recognized in 1976, Lefthanders International helped raise awareness of the difficulties of being left handed. Being accused of witchcraft in the 1600s for just using one hand more than the other, was only the beginning. With only 10 percent of the population being left handed, various items are more expensive than their right handed counterparts. Objects like scissors, knives and even school desks can see a mark up of almost 75 percent more for left handed individuals, while golf clubs see as much as a 200 percent increase dependent on brand.

How to celebrate Left Handers Day

Bring up the difficulties to those with right handed tendencies, this is easily enough done by asking them to use left handed scissors in their right hands. Just the discomfort alone tends to be enough to bring people around to understanding.

Learning to throw a ball or write on a desk designed for a right hand is difficult for a Southpaw, so why not swap the table on them and sit them at a left handed student desk to right some things down with their right hand. Introduce them to the inherent difficulties of using a left handed paring knife in their right hand. Show them how coffee mugs are made with the picture and writing so one would have to use the cup in the right hand in order to make use of it as it was intended. Or the computer mouse, which is intended for a right handed person, becomes difficult without knowing how to swap it to the left handed mode.

But whatever you do, don’t forget the jokes regarding the fact of left handed folk are better than right!

Like the fact that everyone is born right handed, but only the greatest overcome it. Or that it is believed that octopuses only have one right hand. Or that polar bears are believed to be primarily left handed.

International Lefthanders Day timeline

January 20, 2009

Latest left-handed president begins work

According to CNN, newly- inaugurated President Barack Obama signed three documents, quipping "I'm a lefty. Get used to it."

August 13, 1992

Left-Handers Club gets going

Another group decides it's high time to be recognized as proud left-handers. The Left-Handers Club got underway to "increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed."

August 13, 1976

Left-handed people invent a day to celebrate

Left-handers International designated this day — a Friday the 13th — as International Left-Handers Day.

5 Lefty Facts To Make Righties Go, "Hmmm"

  1. They're the best hitters in baseball

    As listed on the Baseball Reference website, 14 of the top 20 highest career batting averages in Major League Baseball belong to left-handed hitters.

  2. Lefties and schizophrenia

    A study published by Yale researchers in 2013 claimed that people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are more likely to be left-handed than those with depression.

  3. The notion of left-handedness as wrong is embedded in our language

    For example, the adjective "sinister" comes from the Latin "sinestra" or "left hand."

  4. They're restless sleepers

    Left-handed people may experience so-called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), meaning they may kick their arms and legs while asleep.

  5. We all use the same hemispheres.

    According to neuroscientists, about 98 percent of right-handers are left-brained — but so are about 70 percent of left-handers!

International Lefthanders Day Activities

  1. Be more social

    Spread the word about this special lefty day. Or, connect with any of the many left-handers social groups on your favorite social media sites. Leftys are everywhere!

  2. Educate a right-hander

    If you're left-handed, walk a right-handed person through a typical activity to make them aware of some of the difficulties faced by left-handed people.

  3. Throw a party!

    Invite all your left-handed friends over and share some stories about what it was like for them to grow up in a world made for righties.

Why We Love International Lefthanders Day

  1. It wasn't always cool to be left-handed

    Educators and physicians used to advocate "retraining" left-handed children to use their right hands. Some of the methods they used in these "retraining" methods were cruel, such as tying children's left hands down so they couldn't move them.

  2. Being a lefty can be inconvenient

    Those of us who are right-handed may not think much about the difficulties faced by left-handed people. But think about it: most things are designed with right-handed people in mind, everything from school desks to a pair of scissors.

  3. There are fewer lefties than righties in the world

    Estimates vary, but it's generally accepted that between 7 percent and 10 percent of people are naturally left-handed. That's about 760 million people – enough for one heck of a party!

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