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August 13th is International Left Handers Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then look to your hands because it's International Left Handers Day!  That's right righty, let someone else have the limelight for once!  Now let's get right into celebrating International Left Handers Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well think about how right hand oriented this world is... sure, only about 7% to 10% of the population is left handed but it would suck to have to buy special items just so you can use them properly, wouldn't it? So on this day in 1976 the first International Left Handers Day was set up to shed some light on how inconvenient life can be for lefties and to celebrate how unique they really are.  But how many left handed people are really out there? Well, there is an estimated 6,955,310,574 people in the world right now. So there is possibly around 486,871,740 to 695,531,057 left handed people alive today. That's quite a bit of lefties, isn't it? But who are these people? Well, would you believe that there were three United States presidents in a row that were lefted handed? Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton are all left handed! If that's not special enough for you, Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, H.G. Wells, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, M.C. Escher, Michelangelo, Raphael, Jim Hensen, Angelina Jolie and many many more big names all favor using their left hand.  But is it really that hard going through life as a left handed person? I mean, not everything is right-hand oriented, right? (no pun intended) Well, left handed people have to get special scissors, guitars, computer keyboards, computer mice and even school desks sometimes. Heck, even opening doors is right hand focused! Sure, it's not everything but I bet it's a little different for a left handed person to learn how to use a stick shift.  So appreciate your left handed friends; sometimes life is mildly annoying for them!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, it can actually be pretty easy to celebrate. If you are right handed, then all through today if you go to shake someone's hand then be sure to use your left hand. This will do two things... if you have left-handed friends then they won't feel all awkward when they reach out with the "wrong" hand, because you'll be using your left hand too. And if you attempt it with a right-handed person then they will have to switch hands and tailor to your momentary, left-handed needs.  You could even try to go the whole day with using your left hand instead of your right. Sure, things will be pretty awkward, because you're not use to using your left hand so much, but you might start to see how things are often fit for right handed people. Who knows, maybe you can train your left hand well enough that you're pretty close to ambidextrous after a while.  And if you're a really amazing CeleGREATER then you will seek out your left-handed friends, or maybe even someone you don't know that well. Find someone who is left hand dominant and take them out to lunch. You don't have to tell them why you want to take them out, but you're more than welcome to. But if you don't tell them, then it'll be just another random act of kindness shown toward the left hand side of things.  Have a great day and type me a comment with your left hand ;).





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