Left-Handers Day: Celebrate your right to be a lefty

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    UNDATED (USAToday.com) - Lefties, today is your day! Aug. 13 marks the 21st annual International Left-Handers Day.

    Throughout the year, lefties, like me, are dealt a rough hand. We're forced to put up with items such as doors, scissors and computer keyboards - to name a few - that are crafted for right-handers. But today we unite!

    According to lefthandersday.com, International Left-Handers Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an opportunity for left-handers everywhere to celebrate their uniqueness in "Lefty Zones" and increase public awareness of the "struggles left-handers are forced to deal with on a day-to-day basis." Right-handers are encouraged to do everything left-handed for the day.

    Only about 10% of the world's population is left-handed. There are some everyday advantages to being a lefty. Left-handers are more likely to pass their driver's test on the first try, a study shows. They are also more apt to deliver a better left hook and be a part of Mensa, the world's largest and oldest high IQ society.

    However, there are a few pitfalls to being left-handed. Health conditions tend to affect left-handed people more than right-handed people. In fact, autism, dyslexia and stuttering are more commonly found in lefties. And according to randomhistory.com, left-handers tend to die at a younger age - almost nine years earlier than their right-handed contemporaries. Yikes!

    A few famous left-handers:

    Barack Obama

    Sir Isaac Newton

    Prince William of England

    Osama bin Laden

    Oprah Winfrey

    Jay Leno

    Marilyn Monroe

    Source: Indiana University

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