Left Handed Statistics




Left Handed Statistics - “stat” can’t be right, can it?

There are countless left handed statistics to consider, with many frequently asked questions, actually materialising as nothing more than simple myths. One such misleading notion is that all left-handers, when eating at the dining table, reverse their cutlery. In point of fact, a good majority feed themselves consistently with the left hand, something I can personally relate to! However, on a similar subject, left-handers do seem to get mixed up with which is their bread roll when sat with other guests at a function table and raise a few eye-brows by habitually drinking from the person to their left’s glass. Again, something I can correlate with - not surprisingly, I don’t eat out much!

Another of the totally misinformed left handed statistics is that all left-handers are clumsy. This is total nonsense. Basically, the problem most left-handers have, is that they live in a right-hander’s world. Left-handers actually adapt brilliantly to tools and equipment that were designed to be used in a completely different way.

One of the most established and accepted left handed statistics is that the population of left-hander’s is 13%. This varies slightly over time, but it is widely regarded as a true reflection. The word 'left' comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'lyft', meaning 'weak' or 'broken'. In general, being left-handed means having a dominant right side of the brain. It is divided into two halves, with the left side of the brain controlling the right half of the body and the right side of the brain controlling the left.

Research into left handed statistics has concluded that where both parents are left-handed, there is a higher chance (around 26%) that they will produce a left-handed child, than two right-hander’s (approx. 9%). The likelihood of one left and one right-handed parent creating a left-hander, worked out at just below 19%.

Some other interesting left handed statistics are: left-handers have slight advantages in baseball. A southpaw batter is actually a step closer to first base, and a left-handed pitcher can keep an eye on the runner at first base better then a right-hander - think about it!. The term "southpaw" was started by a Chicago sportswriter, back in the late 1800's to represent left-handed pitchers in their Chicago stadium, who faced west towards the home plate. Their pitching arm was on the side of town that was known as the South Side; hence “southpaw“.

Some left handed statistics do show up mechanisms, appliances and equipment that southpaws consistently struggle with. For instance: telephone boxes - receiver and coin slot on the right! Trouser zips (your own that is!) and trousers with one back pocket - always on the right! Pens on chains in Banks - why can’t they put one on each side? Cheque book stubs - you right-handers out there, just try writing on them with your left hand! Ticket barriers on the underground - attempt to enter a barrier using the left hand slot and the one next door opens, plus the chances are you will lose your ticket! Playing Polo - definitely impossible, left-handed players are not allowed!

One of the left handed statistics that not all left-handers are aware of, and I’m reasonably certain very few right-hander’s know about either; is that there is an International Left-handers Day. It has been designated that August 13th each year shall be cause for a great jubilation, and celebrations will abound! Some might say any excuse, but I’m sure that the bar owners from all around the world will be pleased, although there could be a 13% rise in absenteeism on the 14th!

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