August 13th • International Left Handers Day
noun: southpaw; plural noun: southpaws
a left-handed person, especially a boxer who leads with the right hand or a baseball pitcher.
mid 19th century (denoting the left hand or a punch with the left hand): the usage in baseball is perhaps from the orientation of early baseball fields to the same points of the compass, such that the pitcher’s left arm was on the “south” side of his body.
- Make up between 5% and 10% of the population
- More likely to have allergies
- More likely to be insomniacs
- Use the right side of the brain the most
- More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
- Better at 3D perception and thinking
- Better at multi-tasking
Interesting Left Handed Trivia
- Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
- Draw figures facing to the right
- Recover from strokes faster
- More likely to pursue creative careers
- Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
- On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, while only 187 are typed with the right hand.
People who are Southpaw
Mozart, Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Thomas Jefferson, Bill Gates, Gandhi, Prince Charles, Prince William, Reggie Jackson, John McEnroe, Robert Redford, Cary Grant, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Seth Rogan, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Mark Wahlberg, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Plant, Justin Bieber, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Lisa Kudrow, Diane Keeton, Bart Simpson, Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jeremy Renner, Caitlyn Jenner, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Steward, Matt Lauer, Spike Lee, Iggy Azalea, Anna Kendrick, Celine Dion, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett