Left-handedness

1. It has been estimated that 17% of human beings are left-handed which is roughly the same figure as for gorillas and chimpanzees.

2. Of the twelve US presidents preceding the orange clown, half were left-handed, including Barack Obama.

3. Over 2500 left-handed people are killed each year as a result of using products designed for right-handed people.

4. The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their holy man possessed such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the safety of others.

5. Angelina Jolie, Leonardo Da Vinci, Kermit the frog, Tom Cruise, Paul McCartney, Ned Flanders, Robert DeNiro and Prince William are some famous left-handers.

6. There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.

7. August 13th is designated ‘International Left-handers Day’ by the organisation, Left-handers International.

8. Four of the five original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.

9. In skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding, a left-footed stance is called goofy foot.

10. The official Boy Scout handshake actually uses the left hand, not the right. The founder of the Scouts was ambidextrous, but he chose the left hand because it is closer to the heart.

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