Pop-Pop thinks it’s pretty special that he, Keri and Keri’s Mommy are all left-handed.
Dominate hand preference
The preference for use of a particular hand is known as handedness. The dominate hand of an individual gives them a faster or better performance with the hand. The less capable or less preferred hand is called the non-dominant hand.
There are different degrees of handedness. Some people express a strong level of “left-handed” or “right-handed” and many fall between the two extremes.
Why are some people left-handed?
- Left-handedness is about twice as common in twins than in the general population. A 1996 Belgian study found that about 21% of twins, both fraternal and identical, are left-handed.
- Lefties have the upper hand (pun intended) when it comes to one-on-one sports like hockey, tennis, boxing, and pitching a baseball.
- Being left-handed does not effect longevity. It was once thought that left-handed people were doomed to die earlier than their non-lefties. Several recent studies have debunked those claims, and scientists now generally accept that being a rightie or a leftie has zero effect on lifespan.
Famous Left-handed people
Left Handed U.S. Presidents
James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd
Gerald Ford (1913- ) 38th
Ronald Reagan (1911 – ) 40th
George H.W. Bush (1924- ) 41st
Bill Clinton (1946- ) 42nd
Barack Obama (1961- ) 44th
Benjamin Franklin, statesman/publisher/scientist
Steve Forbes, businessman/publisher
Joan of Arc, French heroine
Ramses II, Egyptian pharaoh
Tiberius, Roman emperor
Alexander the Great
Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor
Julius Caesar, Roman general
Napoléon Bonaparte, French emperor
Prince Charles of England
Jay Leno, host
Prince William of England
Fidel Castro, Cuban leader
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime-minister
Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
David Rockefeller, banker
Helen Keller, advocate for the blind
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, physician/missionary
Ted Koppel, journalist
John F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer/publisher
Caroline Kennedy, lawyer/author
Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Paul McCartney (the Beatles; Wings)
Ringo Starr (the Beatles)
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
Leonardo da Vinci (RH paralyzed?)
George Burns, comedian
Ruth Buzzi, comedienne