We do plenty of things without giving them much thought: writing, cutting paper, using a computer mouse,
opening a can. But the “we” does not
necessarily include lefties. “Yes, the
world is designed for right-handed
people,” says Greenbrae orthopedic
hand surgeon David Nelson. “Even
our language reflects this: sinister
has the left hand as its root, and
dexterous has the right hand as its
root.” So on August 13 in 1992, International Left-Handers Day started as
a way to bring attention to the issues
that about 10 percent of the world’s
population faces every day, as well
as to celebrate this unique disparity.
Although being left-handed poses
challenges, it also has a number of
perks. Research shows lefties are
better at divergent thinking and that
the majority of them are drawn to
careers in art and music — like this
magazine’s very own art director.
The pluses don’t stop there, either.
“Right-handed people are 10–15
percent (physically) stronger on the
dominant side, but left-handers are
equal,” says Nelson. On August 13,
right-handers are encouraged to do
everything with their left hand —
prepare for ink smears. K.P.