Sunday, 13 August is International Left Handers Day

From scissors to knives, left handers, or southpaws, are the brunt of jokes all year long for various different things. But this is the day to ignore that, and bring awareness to all the right-handed folk around the globe in celebration of Left Handers Day, after all while right-handed people operate in the left side of the brain, left-handed people sure the right side. Therefore, only left-handed people are in their right mind.

 

History of Left Handers Day

Celebrating its first year recognized in 1976, Lefthanders International helped raise awareness of the difficulties of being left-handed. Being accused of witchcraft in the 1600s for just using one hand more than the other was only the beginning. With only 10% of the population being left-handed, various items are more expensive than their right-handed counterparts. Objects like scissors, knives and even school desks can see a mark up of almost 75% more for left-handed individuals, while golf clubs see as much as a 200% increase dependent on brand.

How to celebrate Left Handers Day

Bring up the difficulties to those with right-handed tendencies. This is easily enough done by asking them to use left-handed scissors in their right hands. Just the discomfort alone tends to be enough to bring people around to understanding.
Learning to throw a ball or write on a desk designed for a right hand is difficult for a southpaw, so why not swap the table on them and sit them at a left-handed student desk to write some things down with their right hand.

 

  AUTHOR
Earl Baillache
Journalist

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