KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – August 13 marks National Left Handed Day. With just 10 percent of the population being left-handed, it can be easy for everyone else to forget we’re living in a right-handed world.
Aside from making it tough to cut a line with a pair of scissors designed for righties, being a southpaw can also have some advantages.
1. They’re better drivers
When it comes to driving, left-handers have a natural advantage, according to the AA Driving School. A study commissioned by the school indicates that being left-handed makes for a smoother driving test. According to the findings, almost six out of 10 (57 percent) left-handers passed their driving test first time, making them 10 percent more likely than right-handers to pass at the first attempt.
It should come as no surprise that left-handers appear to be the more accomplished drivers. Some of the best drivers in history have been left-handed, including:
- Ayrton Senna (deceased Formula 1 driver and three times world champion – considered to be one of the best ever)
- Valentino Rossi (Nine times MotoGP motorbike champion – considered to be one of the best ever)
- Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11 – the first manned mission to the Moon)
- Chewbacca the Wookie (co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon – Star Wars)
2. They can make more money
A study by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research found that left-handed men with a college education earned 15 percent more money than their right handed colleagues. Sadly, the same effect was not found among women.
3. They’re better at math
A study found that left-handedness was a predictor of mathematical precociousness.
Researchers found that the rate of left-handedness among students talented in mathematics was much greater than among the general population. Students that were left-handed outperformed the rest of the sample when the tasks involved difficult problem-solving, such as associating a mathematical function to a given set of data.
4. They’re better at sports
If you are a leftie, you can gain an advantage by using a leftie serve in tennis, which can create problems for right-handed players. Lefties also make better baseball players.
5. You’re more likely to be a twin
Left-handedness is about twice as common in twins than in the general population. A 1996 Belgian study found that about 21 percent of twins, both fraternal and identical, are left-handed.
6. Lefties become president
With the exception of President George W. Bush and President Donald Trump, the last six United States leaders have been left-handed.
President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan are all left handed. Coincidence? Well, maybe.
Interestingly enough, Senator John McCain is also left-handed, so either way the 2004 election had gone, a lefty would have been commander-in-chief.