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Left Handers Day: Which hand is better?

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Worldwide, 13-08-1992


Since 1992, Left Handers have commemorated the use of the "other" hand. It was common knowledge that left-handers were more clumsy. Was this true for Julius Caesar, Napoleon, and Bill Clinton? We show how someone becomes right or left-handed. Left Hander's Day- informations National Left Hander's Day is celebrated every year on August 13. In 1992 the Left-Handers Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. This event is now celebrated worldwide. Left-handedness is the preference for the left hand over the right for everyday activities such as writing. Hand orientation is developed in fetuses, most commonly determined by observing which hand is predominantly held close to the mouth. The way the brain works is incredibly complex, but this simplified explanation will give you some understanding of where our left-hand dominance comes from. The brain is "cross-wired" so that the left hemisphere controls the right handed side of the body and vice-versa and hand dominance is connected with brain dominance on the opposite side - which is why we say that only left-handers are in their right minds! The left hemisphere (right hand control) controls Speech, Language, Writing, Logic, Mathematics, Science, this is the linear thinking mode. The right hemisphere (left hand control) controls Music, Art, Creativity, Perception, Emotions, Genius, this is the holistic thinking mode. This brain dominance makes left-handers more likely than right handers to be creative and visual thinkers. Left-handers are also generally better at 3-dimensional perception and thinking, leading, for example, to more left-handed architects than normal. There are many colloquial terms used to refer to a left-handed person, e.g. "southpaw" or "goofy" (USA). Some are just slang or jargon words, while other references may be offensive or demeaning, either in context or in origin (e.g. the British "cack-handed"). In more technical contexts, 'sinistral' may be used in place of 'left-handed' and 'sinistrality' in place of 'left-handedness'. Both of these technical terms derive from sinestra, a Latin word meaning 'left'.Left hand shakes are a sign of disrespect – however the left hand shake is the standard in the international scouting movement. In Hebrew as well as in other ancient Semitic and Mesopotamian languages, the term "left" was a symbol of power or custody.The left hand symbolized the power to shame society, and was used as a metaphor for misfortune, natural evil, or punishment from the gods. This metaphor survived ancient culture and was integrated into mainstream Christianity. The left side is often associated with awkwardness and clumsiness. The English expression "having two left feet", the Polish expression "mieć dwie lewe ręce", the Dutch expression "twee linkerhanden hebben", the Spanish expression "tener dos pies izquierdos", the German expression "zwei linke Hände haben", the Bulgarian expression "dve levi ratse", the French expression "avoir deux mains gauches" and the Czech expression "Mít obě ruce levé" ("to have two left hands") all mean being clumsy. Moreover, the German idiom "mit dem linken Fuß aufgestanden sein", the Spanish expression "levantarse con el pie izquierdo" and the french one "s'être levé du pied gauche" (literally, to have gotten up with the left foot) means to have a bad day and do everything wrong or unsuccessfully (like "to get out of the wrong side of the bed" in English).




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