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Southpaws Unite!

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