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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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Arabic :

اليد، الجسم، واليد اليسرى، واليد اليمنى، أرسطو، يوليوس قيصر، نابليون، رونالد ريغان، بيل كلينتون، واليوم يستخدمون اليد اليسرى، الدماغ، والإبداع،,

Bulgarian :

ръка, тяло, лявата ръка, дясната ръка, Аристотел, Юлий Цезар, Наполеон, Роналд Рейгън, Бил Клинтън, левия Handers ден, мозъка, творчество, ,

Catalan :

, cos, mà esquerra, dreta, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Napoleó, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, esquerra dia esquerrans, cervell, creativitat, ,

Chinese Simplified :

手,身体,左手,右手,亚里斯多德,朱利叶斯 · 凯撒,拿破仑,罗纳德 · 里根、 比尔 · 克林顿,左的转弯的一天,脑、 创造力,,

Chinese Traditional :

手,身體,左手,右手,亞裡斯多德,朱利斯 · 凱撒,拿破崙,羅奈爾得 · 雷根、 比爾 · 克林頓,左的轉彎的一天,腦、 創造力,,

Czech :

ruky, tělo, levá ruka, pravá ruka, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, levý leváky den, mozku, tvořivost, ,

Danish :

hånd, krop, venstre hånd, højre hånd, Aristoteles, Julius Cæsar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, venstre Handers dag, hjerne, kreativitet, ,

Dutch :

hand, lichaam, linkerhand, rechterhand, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, linker Handers verlaten dag, hersenen, creativiteit, ,

Estonian :

käsi, keha, vasak käsi, parem käsi, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, vasakul Handers päev, aju, loovus, ,

Finnish :

käsi, kehon, vasemmalla, oikealla, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, vasemmalle Handers päivä, aivot, luovuus, ,

French :

main, corps, main gauche, main droite, Aristote, Julius Caesar, Napoléon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, gauche gauchers jour, cerveau, créativité, ,

German :

Hand, Körper, linken, rechten, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Aristoteles, linken Handers Tag, Gehirn, Kreativität, ,

Greek :

χέρι, σώμα, αριστερό χέρι, το δεξί χέρι, Αριστοτέλη, Ιούλιος Καίσαρας, ο Ναπολέων, Ronald Reagan, Μπιλ Κλίντον, αριστερό Handers ημέρα, εγκεφάλου, η δημιουργικότητα, ,

Haitian Creole :

Men, , men gòch, men dwat, Aristote, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, gòch Handers jou, sèvo, kreyativite, ,

Hebrew :

יד, גוף, יד שמאל, ימין, אריסטו, יוליוס קיסר, נפוליאון, רונלד רייגן, ביל קלינטון, היום Handers שמאל, המוח, יצירתיות, ,

Hindi :

हाथ, शरीर, बाएं हाथ, दाहिने हाथ, अरस्तू, जूलियस सीजर, नेपोलियन, रोनाल्ड रीगन, बिल क्लिंटन, बायाँ Handers दिवस, मस्तिष्क, रचनात्मकता, ,

Hungarian :

kéz, test, bal oldali, jobb oldali, Arisztotelész, Julius Caesar, Napóleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, bal Handers nap, agy, a kreativitás, ,

Italian :

corpo, mano, mano sinistra, mano destra, Aristotele, Julius Caesar, Napoleone, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, sinistra giorno Handers, cervello, creatività, ,

Korean :

, , 왼손, 오른손, 아리스토텔레스, 줄리어스 시저, 나폴레옹, 로널드 레이건, 빌 클린턴, 왼쪽된 Handers 하루, 두뇌, 창의력, ,

Latvian :

roku, ķermeņa, kreisajā, labajā rokā, Aristotelis, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronalds Reigans, Bils Klintons, kreisās Handers diena, smadzeņu, jaunrade, ,

Lithuanian :

rankų, kūno, kaire ranka, dešinę ranką, Aristotelis, Julijus Cezaris, Napoleonas, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, kairėje Handers dieną, smegenų, kūrybiškumo, ,

Norwegian :

hånd, kropp, venstre, høyre, Aristotle, Julius Cæsar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, venstre Handers dag, hjernen, kreativitet, ,

Polish :

strony, ciało, lewą ręką, prawą rękę, Arystoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, po lewej stronie dnia leworęcznych, mózgu, kreatywność, ,

Portuguese :

mão, corpo, mão esquerda, mão direita, Aristóteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleão, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, dia de Handers esquerdo, cérebro, criatividade, ,

Romanian :

mână, corp, stanga, dreapta, Aristotel, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, stânga Handers zi, creierul, creativitate, ,

Russian :

руки, тело, левая рука, правая рука, Аристотель, Юлий Цезарь, Наполеон, Рональд Рейган, Билл Клинтон, левый Handers день, мозг, творчество, ,

Slovak :

ruka, telo, ľavou rukou, pravú ruku, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, vľavo Handers deň, mozgu, tvorivosť, ,

Slovenian :

roko, telesa, levo roko, desno roko, Aristotel, Julij Cezar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, levi Handers dan, možganov, ustvarjalnost, ,

Spanish :

mano, cuerpo, mano izquierda, mano derecha, Aristóteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleón, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, día de mano izquierda, cerebro, creatividad, ,

Swedish :

hand, kropp, vänster hand, höger hand, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, vänster Handers dag, hjärnan, kreativitet, ,

Thai :

มือ ร่างกาย มือซ้าย มือขวา อริสโตเติล จูเลีย นโปเลียน โรนัลด์เรแกน บิลคลินตัน ซ้าย Handers วัน สมอง ความคิดสร้างสรรค์,

Turkish :

el, vücut, sol, sağ, Aristoteles, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, sol elini gün, beyin, yaratıcılık, ,

Ukrainian :

Рука, тіло, лівій руці, правою рукою, Аристотель, Юлій Цезар, Наполеон, Рональд Рейган, Білл Клінтон, ліва лівш день, мозок, творчість, ,

Vietnamese :

tay, cơ thể, tay trái, tay phải, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, trái Handers Day, não, sáng tạo, ,




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