College-educated left-handed people earn 10% to 15% more than their right-handed counterparts, according to a 2006 study conducted by researchers from Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University. Being just about 10% of the total population, there is something exceptional about them — awesome people like Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Aristotle, and Marie Curie have all been left-handed.
Bright Side discovered some amazing facts about left-handed people and what makes them really special.
Left-handed people are more likely to be geniuses. It’s no wonder that Albert Einstein was a lefty. While lefties make up for just 10% of the entire population, 20% of all members of MENSA— the world’s largest and oldest society of people with high IQs—were found to be left-handed.
Research published in the American Journal of Psychology suggests that left-handed people have the upper hand when it comes to creativity. The study shows that they’re better at exploring various out-of-the-box solutions for a problem. A study conducted by The Left-Handers’ Club (a pro-leftie group dedicated to research on left-handedness) with over 2,000 left-handed, right-handed, and ambidextrous participants found that lefties tend to be drawn more to careers in the arts, music, sports, and information technology fields.
3 of the last 5 presidents have been southpaws. President Obama, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush were all lefties, and so were presidents Gerald Ford, James Garfield, and Harry Truman. A recently published Dutch report suggests that left-handed politicians have the upper hand in televised debates. This is due to the fact that right-handed gestures are normally associated with positivity and left-handed gestures with negativity. And since television actually shows a mirror image, the lefties appear to be right-handed.
Lefties are in a position of advantage in one-on-one sports like tennis, badminton, and boxing. In his book, The Puzzle of Left-Handedness, linguist Rik Smits explains that both left-handed and right-handed athletes usually train against right-handed opponents. So when right-handed players face a left-handed opponent, they are unprepared. On the other hand, the left-handed player is prepared for a right-handed opponent.
In a 2005 French study, researchers found that in peaceful societies lefties made up just about 3% of the population whereas their numbers soared as high as 27% in warlike zones. Scientists postulate that the reason behind this discrepancy is the fact that lefties have a physical advantage over righties because of their unexpected left hook.
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