International Left-handers Day

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International Left-handers Day
Are you left handed? Then youÕll love to be part of the International LefthanderÕs Day, August 13th! Take advantage of this special day to tell your family and friends how proud you are of being left-handed, and also raise awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face living in a world designed by and for right-handers.

Being left-handed hasnÕt been a comfortable circumstance for thousands of people throughout history. Did you know that they were considered as if they had some type of handicap? Not many years ago (about sixty, more or less) in countries like Spain, for example, children who were left-handed suffered in school. Why? because their teachers forced them to write with the other hand, the right one. Some of those teachers even hit them if they used their left hand. Fortunately things have changed already and left-handed people aren´t treated as strange beings anymore! As it usually happens, it´s all a matter of statistics.

Lefties have excelled at both ends of the scale, that is, the very good and the very bad. They seem to make exceptional leaders, inventors, artists, musicians… and murderers! Many of them have achieved greatness in various walks of life, particularly in creative, sporting and artistic fields, probably thanks to their natural talent for lateral thinking and ingenuity.

There are some curious facts that youÕll like to know: left- handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater, they are exceptional in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing. Lefties usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers; 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed (250% more than the normal level).

Of course, there are plentiful of famous people that are left-handed. Here are some examples: Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Edwin Aldrin, Henry Ford, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Judy Garland, Matt Groening and even his creations: Bart Simpson and Ned Flanders. Not in vain, Flanders opened a shop called The Leftorium.

So… you´re right if you are left-handed!

By David Pulido Suarez

Student at CET Services

Editors Note.

Very interesting article, I will forgive David for forgetting to include my name in the list of famous left-handers. NobodyÕs perfect.

Keith Appleby (left-hander)

Chief Editor of the Canary Express.
13 agosto, 2015