Witches of yore might well be blamed for the reason that Southpaws live in a right-handed world today (though things they are a-changing!). Because witches typically stirred their poisonous brew with their right hand while casting evil spells with their left, people became very suspicious of left-handed activity.
By the 18th and 19th centuries, being left-handed didn’t seem as evil anymore, but it was still considered a disability. So much so that kids who might naturally have been left-handed were forced to use their right hand instead.
Yet time and again, in an off-handed way, Southpaws have been remarkably popular when you consider that seven out of the last fifteen US Presidents were/are left-handed.
As well as some highly intelligent others:
Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Issac Newton, Henry Ford, Bill Gates,
Then, there are the music and entertainment mavericks:
Marilyn Monroe, Tim Allen, Sylvester Stalone, Jimi Hendrix, Justin Beiber, Spongebob, Patrick, Doug, and Garfield the Cat
The iconic artistic ones:
Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci
Southpaw sports champions include:
Babe Ruth (Baseball), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR), Oscar de la Hoya (watch that surprising left hook!), Martina Navratilova (Tennis) and Mark Spitz (Swimming)
Interesting Lefty traits:
Southpaws are naturally creative, deep-thinking multi-taskers who sometimes embarrass easily. Their eyes adjust to seeing underwater much faster than right-handers, more men than women are lefties, and Southpaws don’t like to sit by right-handed people at the dinner table ;-)
And by the way,
Most cats are lefties too!
Happy International Cat Day! August 8th
Happy National Left-hander’s Day! August 9th