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It’s International Left-Handers Day!

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Today is International Left-Handers Day. A recent study found that even though only about 10 percent of people are left-handed, as many as 25 percent of students enrolled in college music, art and architecture programs were lefties.

President Obama is left-handed. He’s the eighth president to be a leftie. What’s interesting is that four of the last six presidents have been lefties – Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton. In the 1992 presidential election, all three of the major candidates were lefties – Clinton, Bush and Ross Perot.

Historians also agree that James Garfield and Harry Truman were left-handed. Some lists also include Herbert Hoover.

And then there’s the case of Ronald Reagan. He wrote with his right hand, but he had a natural tendency to use his left hand. In the movie ‘The Killers’, he slapped Angie Dickinson with his left hand. Some people think strict schoolteachers forced him to write with his right hand.

There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed. Left-handers are generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative and multi-talented than right handers, based on discussions among members of the Left-Handers Club.

The Left-Handers Club website has all kinds of articles, facts and even products geared to lefties like scissors, can openers, even mugs.

Lefties are dominated by the right side of the brain, the side that’s more associated with artistic function, and one study found that even though only about 10 percent of people are left-handed, as many as 25 percent of students enrolled in college music, art and architecture programs were lefties.

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