Happy #LeftHandersDay…when you can’t go right, go left!

Funny guy Seth Rogan is a leftie. Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features
Canadian hockey player Bobby Orr signs autographs with his left hand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon
Did you notice pop star Justin Bieber is holding his mic with his left hand?. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage
Singing sensation Celine Dion is a leftie. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File
And former Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest is too. Staff/ The Canadian Press
Actor Alan Thicke is a leftie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
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Funny man Jim Carrey writes with his left hand. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA
Even professional golfer Mike Weir is left-handed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
And to round up our list...Global's own Camille Ross and Elysia Bryan-Baynes! (Well, Elysia is actually ambidextrous.). Global News

MONTREAL – According to research, only ten per cent of people are left handed.

There have been studies that show that most of the time, we choose a dominant hand while we are still in our mother’s wombs – with 90 per cent of us choosing to suck our right thumbs.

In fact, left handedness is so rare there is a historical stigma in some cultures against it.

If you’re a leftie, you may have had a hard time using scissors, smudge the page when you write with a leaky pen or get worked up when you walk into a classroom with right-sided desks – but there are a few reasons to look on the bright side.

  • A research conducted by Dr. Nick Cherbuin shows that lefties are better at handing stimuli, making them better at playing video games.
  • As a leftie, you are more likely to be a quick typer.
  • On a QWERTY keyboard, there are around 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whereas only 187 are typed with the right.
  • Lefties may have an advantage in some sports. For example, if you’re watching the Rogers Cup, you might notice that right-handed players have a difficult time handling a leftie’s serve because they’re less accustomed to the angles created by someone who is holding their racket in the opposite hand.
  • It has also been said, but not proven, that lefties tend to have a higher IQ than right-handed people. Albert Einstein was a leftie and so were the last five of the seven most recent U.S. presidents.

So, if you’re scrolling down this page with your left hand, Happy #LeftHandersDay!


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