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![][1] [Via Huffington Post:][2]"Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed."That's cool. I'm left-handed - and since I've never been able to properly use a pair of scissors or eat at a crowded table without annoying the right-handed person next to me, I find this news extremely interesting."The Oxford University-led team believe carrying the gene may also slightly raise the risk of developing psychotic mental illness such as schizophrenia."Crap."However, Dr Francks said left-handed people should not be worried by the links between handedness and schizophrenia."He said: 'There are many factors which make individuals more likely to develop schizophrenia and the vast majority of left-handers will never develop a problem.'"Phew!"There is evidence to suggest there are some significant differences between left and right-handed people."Australian research published last year found left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport."And that makes me feel even better! Clearly these left-handed studies don't apply to me! Better at sports? Hah!"And French researchers concluded that being left-handed could be an advantage in hand-to-hand combat."Which is why you do NOT want to mess with me. I'm a seething ball of rage, I tell ya, and my left-handedness gives me an immeasurable one-up.... oh, who am I kidding?_However, being left-handed has also been linked to a greater risk of some diseases, and to having an accident. _Wait. This IS starting to sound like me.__I'm going to go home and hide. [1]: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/cupojoel/leftorium.jpg [2]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6923577.stm

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DOTDOT 14 years, 11 months ago

But the right handed person on the OTHER side has it made, which oughtta be counted.

Terry Bush 14 years, 11 months ago

One day in a rather largish class at law school, I was sitting close to the back (unusual for me) and noticed that there seemed to be a rather large # of left handed people in that class. So I counted them up. Close to 1/3 of the students in the class were left handed. That's way more then the national average of 8-15% of the population (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-handed) After that, I started paying more attention. I gradually realized that a rather large percentage of people choosing some professions were left handed. Don't know why that might be, just reporting on personal observations.

Meanwhile, check out the wiki info. You'll find much to cheer and then cry about. For example: According to one theory, exposure to higher rates of testosterone before birth can lead to a left-handed child. Yea....However,....The theory goes on to tie the exposure to higher levels of testosterone and the resultant right-hemisphere dominance to auto-immune disorders, learning disorders, dyslexia, and stuttering, as well as increased spatial ability.

Terry Bush 14 years, 11 months ago

Famous lefties include:

Seven Presidents of the United States were left handed (approx. 16%): James Garfield; Herbert Hoover; Harry S. Truman; and four of the last six presidents: Gerald Ford; Ronald Reagan; George H. W. Bush; Bill Clinton.

Albert Einstein;

Leonardo da Vinci;

Isaac Newton;

Benjamin Franklin;

Ludwig van Beethoven;

Picasso;

Michelangelo;

Dick Van Dyke;

Kim Novak;

Cloris Leachman;

Missy Gold;

Sandy Koufax;

Charlie Chaplin;

Michael Landon;

Demond Wilson;

Ken Stabler;

Jim Corbett;

Earl Anthony;

Kurt Cobain;

Newt Gingrich;

David Bowie;

Jimi Hendrix;

Matthew Broderick;

Andrew McCarthy;

Paul McCartney;

Jon Stewart;

Ben Stiller;

Angelina Jolie;

Billy Ray Cyrus;

Larry the Cable Guy;

Hugh Jackman;

Crystal Gayle;

Ashley Tisdale;

Demi Moore;

Jack the Ripper

Another facinating tid-bit:

"Left-handed persons are thought to process information using a "visual simultaneous" method in which several threads can be processed simultaneously. Another way to view this is such: Suppose there were one thousand pieces of popcorn and one of them was colored pink. The right-handed person - using the linear sequential processing style - would look at the popcorn one at a time until they encountered the pink one. The left-handed person would spread out the pieces of popcorn and visually look at all of them to find the one that was pink. A side effect of these differing styles of processing is that right handed persons need to complete one task before they can start the next. Left-handed people, by contrast, are capable and comfortable switching between tasks. This seems to suggest that left-handed people have an excellent ability to multi-task, and anecdotal evidence suggests that there are more creative stems due to this ability to multi-task."

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