By Terry Orr
Raising awareness in 2012 - Teacher training and the needs of left-handed children
August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by Lefthanders International. It was first observed 13 August 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and difference, who are from seven to ten percent of the world's population. Many left-handed people are discriminated against today's society, and are forced to use right handed tools, drive on the right side of the road, and even get harassed. International Lefthanders Day is made to end this discrimination. (Wikipedia)
If you are a leftie, a "Southpaw", then National Left Hander's day is just for you. This day is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
15 Left Handed Facts (from http://www.squidoo.com/left-handers-day)
Did you know:
- Left Hander's Day was started in August 13 1976 by Left Handers International.
- About 7 percent of the population is left handed.
- Lefties are also called "Southpaws".
- In twins, there is a high tendency for one to be left-handed.
- 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed.
- 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.
- Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers.
- George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are all left handed. Ronald Regan was left handed too.
- Pablo Picasso, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Di Vinci, and Michelangelo were also left handed.
- Right handed people use the left side of their brains. Left handed people use the right sides of their brains.
- Left handers tend to adjust quickly to seeing underwater.
- Right handers tend to chew food on the right side, left handers tend to chew on the left side.
- Albert Einstein was left handed.
- Left handed people who have higher I.Q.s tend to have an I.Q. of over 140.
- In some cultures it is impolite to touch your food with your left hand.
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