Did you know there was a left-hander's day?
Neither did I.
Left-handers International has
designated August 13th International Left-handers Day.
on this day are usually publicized via the alt.lefthanders newsgroup.
Mark your calendars.
Have you ever wondered why men's
and women's clothing are buttoned on opposite sides? According to
Fincher (1977), the custom comes from the Victorian age when a noble
woman was usually dressed by her maid, and because the maids were
usually right-handed, it was easier for them to button the garments from
right to left. Conversely, a noble gentlemen usually dressed himself and
did not require this reversed arrangement of buttons.
Why do virtually all of the world's religions associate the left
with that which is evil or dirty? According to Langford (1984),
sun-worship may be to blame. The majority of humankind also always lived
in the northern hemisphere, and therefore, when tracking the sun across
the sky, most will have faced south, following the path of the sun from
left to right. Earliest forms of religion manifested themselves through
sun worship, and very early on humankind may have developed an
association between rightward movement and what is good. Vestiges of our
tendency to track the sun from left to right still remain today. Clocks
go in this direction, and so do compasses. Even the Japanese word for
left, "hidari", was derived from the words for "sun" and "on".
How about weddings bands? Why do we wear
them on the third finger of the left-hand when the left is associated
with sin and filth? Early Egyptians believed that the vena amoris (love
vein) ran from the third finger of the left-hand to the heart, and
placing the wedding ring on this finger would provide a closer
connection with one's heart.
Do you think the days of banning
left-handedness are over? Not quite. In the sport of polo it is illegal
to play left-handed. The only conceivable rationale for this might be an
effort to preserve the safety of the sport wherein the horses would be
trained to expect the mallet to be swung on the right side. Doing so on
the left may spook them.
Can you assess handedness in someone who
is unconscious? DeKay (1994) claims that handedness can be determined by
examining ones thumbnails. The hand with the larger and squarer (is the
larger thumbnail always squarer?) is supposedly the dominant hand. DeKay
(1994) supports this claim with reference to the New England Journal
of Medicine (presumably Block, 1974), despite the fact that
subsequent articles in the same journal criticize the "thumbnail"
hypothesis (Bersohn, 1974). Others have claimed that handedness can be
determined while a child is still an infant by looking at the pattern of
one's hair. According to DeKay (1994), left-handed infants are
characterized by a counterclockwise whorl to their hair. Although this
general effect may exist, the accuracy of such a method is rather
questionable. According to Ortiz de Zarate and Ortiz de Zarate (1991),
right-handers have clockwise whorls of hair only 55% of the time. The
hair whorl method of determining handedness appears to be a little more
accurate among left-handers, where 74% exhibit counterclockwise whorls.
Given that right-handers are much more prevalent than left-handers, an
individual with a counterclockwise whorl to their hair is still more
likely to be a right-hander than a left-hander.
You Know the Answers?
only southeast Asian country that was never colonized by
Gin, the drink,
derives its name from what European city?
Who was the
first woman killed in WW II?
What woman was
the first to be awarded a second Nobel prize?
What human body
function can generate speeds of up to 100 miles per hour?
planets days last longer than their years?
Hele (1788-1879) wrote a poem - one of the few of its kind
with a documented author - celebrating an actual happening
from her school days. It has since been put to song. What
is the poem?
In Greek myth,
what is the one thing that remained in Pandora's box after
everything else escaped?