|On the Other Hand — Hail to the leftie|
|Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM|
Today’s column is a tribute to southpaws or lefties. My brother is a leftie. (I’ve always thought he was odd but not because of that.)
Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. The word “sinister” even derives from “left or left-hand.”
Researchers at Northwestern University now report that a high degree of cooperation, not something odd or sinister, plays a key role in the rarity of left-handedness.
Historically, the 90-10 right-handed to left-handed ratio has remained the same for more than 5,000 years.
Cooperation favors same-handedness — for sharing the same tools, for example. Physical competition, on the other hand, favors the unusual. In a fight, a left-hander would have the advantage in a right-handed world.
Here are some of the advantages of being a lefty:
• A great chance of having a high IQ.
• Left-handed men make more money.
• Seeing better under water.
• Better able to multi-task.
• Better memories.
• Recover from stroke faster.
• More successful at learning to drive.
Here are some of the annoyances of being a lefty:
• Spiral notebooks.
• Only one gross lefty glove in gym class.
• Only two pairs of the green lefty scissors in class, three lefty kids.
• Ballpoint pens don’t work as well because you’re pushing, not pulling the ball.
• Ink all over the side of your hand.
• Bonking elbows with a righty at the dinner table.
• Driver’s cup holder is for the right hand.
• Number pad is on the right-hand side of keyboard.
• Manual can openers.