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Why about 85% are righties?
Do lefties have advantages over righties?
 
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Nah - we're just cooler.
 
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I had a professor who could write with both hands equally well (ambidextrous). He'd stand in front of the blackboard with one color of chalk in one hand, and another color in the other hand. That way he could quickly write in two colors.

Take that, you "cool" lefties!
 
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we're just cooler.

+1
 
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I'm "rightie" but when i've got to open jars and bottles i use the left hand. and also when I'm playing guitar hero I strike keys with the left.
 
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John Todd wrote:Why about 85% are righties?
Do lefties have advantages over righties?

believe it or not, in some religious schools when my grandma was young, teachers used to tie at the chair lefties' left hand in order to make them write with the right hand. being a leftie was seen as a "bad habit" to lose as soon as possible.
 
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The left hand has a history of being 'sinister' or 'evil'. Also, I think I read once that lefties have shorter life spans.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:The left hand has a history of being 'sinister' or 'evil'. Also, I think I read once that lefties have shorter life spans.

I thought that this was only a "problem" for catholics... so now I must reconsider the shorter lifespan thing it's astonishing, was it the result of a resarch? ?
 
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I'm right handed - but still try to use my left hand (and foot) as much as possible.
Years back I got quite resonable at using my left foot while playing football (round ball type)...

Think is important to use both right and left - keep a balance...
 
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actually, according to this, the study was flawed. So, nevermind.
 
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Did you know that besides having a preference for one hand while writing, people also have a preference for one ear and eye?

To which ear do you always hold the telephone, right or left?

To test which eye is your preferred eye, try this: With both eyes open, stretch out your arm in front of you and point to something in the distance. Now, first close your left eye, and see with your right eye where you're pointing. Then, open our left and close your right eye and see where you're pointing. You'll notice that with one eye you're pointing exactly at the object, and with the other eye you're off. The eye with which you're pointing at the object is your preferred eye.

I'm right-handed, but left-eared and left-eyed.
 
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Basically, the study found that there were fewer old lefties, as a percentage of the old population, than old righties. But they failed to account for the obvious possibility that people born in the early 20th century were more likely to have been, err, encouraged, as children, to become righties. So the percentages had actually been skewed at childhood, and only later noticed at death.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:Did you know that besides having a preference for one hand while writing, people also have a preference for one ear and eye?

To which ear do you always hold the telephone, right or left?

To test which eye is your preferred eye, try this: With both eyes open, stretch out your arm in front of you and point to something in the distance. Now, first close your left eye, and see with your right eye where you're pointing. Then, open our left and close your right eye and see where you're pointing. You'll notice that with one eye you're pointing exactly at the object, and with the other eye you're off. The eye with which you're pointing at the object is your preferred eye.

I'm right-handed, but left-eared and left-eyed.

according to this test I'm right eyed, handed and eared. a bit of monotonous!

I think this must depend on which cerebral hemisphere one is more prone to use, could it be?
 
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I pointed to something off to my right, and used my right eye.

Then I pointed to something off to my left, and used my left eye.

What does that say?
 
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I'm right eyed, eared and handed, I hope it is a good thing !
 
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Fiorenza Oppici wrote:believe it or not, in some religious schools when my grandma was young, teachers used to tie at the chair lefties' left hand in order to make them write with the right hand. being a leftie was seen as a "bad habit" to lose as soon as possible.

That wasn't only religious schools which did that. It was a common practice all over the place.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:I pointed to something off to my right, and used my right eye.

Then I pointed to something off to my left, and used my left eye.

What does that say?


You are just dual-eyed
 
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To test which eye is your preferred eye, try this: With both eyes open, stretch out your arm in front of you and point to something in the distance. Now, first close your left eye, and see with your right eye where you're pointing. Then, open our left and close your right eye and see where you're pointing. You'll notice that with one eye you're pointing exactly at the object, and with the other eye you're off. The eye with which you're pointing at the object is your preferred eye.

This is cool, I never heard of this before. I'm right eyed (also right eared and handed, which might mean I'll live 100 years )...
 
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Devaka Cooray wrote:You are just dual-eyed

Ah - the dreaded Biclops!
 
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By the way, i always use two hands together when writing (left is helper). i do it since my childhood as a habit. so it caused a good handwriting as a result.
 
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The only thing I know for sure about left-handed people is that is uttely unconfortable writing when you share your schooldesk with one and he/she is on your right; soon it becomes an "elbow fight"
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:I pointed to something off to my right, and used my right eye.

Then I pointed to something off to my left, and used my left eye.

What does that say?

You are a sniper
 
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Fiorenza Oppici wrote:The only thing I know for sure about left-handed people is that is uttely unconfortable writing when you share your schooldesk with one and he/she is on your right; soon it becomes an "elbow fight"

I had this problem in 4th grade. all the desks were in pairs. I was on the left, and Richie was on the right. It only took us a few weeks to figure out we should switch sides, then all was fine.
 
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Lefties Rule!

We have to suffer from being called gauche, maladroit, sinister...

I think the shorter lifespan thing had to do with being more accident prone in early years while adapting to a right-handed world. I thought heard that once lefties survived their first 6 or 8 years their life spans were normal... am I making that up?

Also, I've heard that on the minus side we're more prone to schizophrenia (and so are we), but that we're better able to recover from strokes. We have bigger corpus collossums (which is a great line at a bar ).

I play guitar and golf right handed, and it's always felt like that was an advantage... it confuses me why the right handed versions of those activities are set up that way?
 
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Bert Bates wrote:I think the shorter lifespan thing had to do with being more accident prone in early years while adapting to a right-handed world. I thought heard that once lefties survived their first 6 or 8 years their life spans were normal... am I making that up?

Probably.

There were various theories tossed around when this study first came out, and indeed there was speculation that lefties experienced more fatal accidents. But to account for lowering the average life expectancy by nine years? That's a lot of fatal accidents. If it were mostly comprised of children under age 8 - well, that would mean over 10% of all left-handed children were dying in these accidents. You'd think someone would have noticed before this.

I think it's much more plausible that the root cause of this apparent problem is the one I described earlier: there are fewer old lefties because the old lefties grew up in more barbarous times where they were often "converted" to righties. Now they are more likely to appear in the stats as righties, even if that's not their natural preference. Thus there appear to be fewer old lefties, and incompetent researchers draw the incorrect conclusion that lefties are dying earlier.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:Did you know that besides having a preference for one hand while writing, people also have a preference for one ear and eye?

To which ear do you always hold the telephone, right or left?



I think this is not a test for the preference ear but the perference hand.
 
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Tak Ming Laio wrote:I think this is not a test for the preference ear but the perference hand.

I don't think so, it really also has to do with your ear. If I hold a telephone to my right ear it sounds "weird" and I even have trouble understanding what the person is saying. And I don't have hearing problems. Try holding your phone to your other ear deliberately. You'll notice it's weird.
 
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Jesper Young wrote:If I hold a telephone to my right ear it sounds "weird" and I even have trouble understanding what the person is saying....

Really?
Seems like I don't have a preference on one ear - I usually hold the telephone to either ear as it's comfortable to my hand.
 
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Devaka Cooray wrote:Seems like I don't have a preference on one ear - I usually hold the telephone to either ear as it's comfortable to my hand.

Maybe you are ambi-ear-ous, just like my professor was ambidextrous! (See my post above).
 
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