Did You Know? National Left Handers Day

Did you know that August 13, 2023, is National Left Handers Day? Lefties across the globe celebrate the annual event, which was launched in 1992 by the UK-based Left-Handers Club to increase awareness about the left-handed lifestyle.

Here are some interesting facts about left-handedness:

  • On average, 12% of the world is left-handed, 87% right-handed, and 1% ambidextrous. However, the percentage of lefties worldwide is slowly growing as being left-handed becomes more socially accepted.
  • The brain is cross-wired, meaning that the right side controls the left side of the body and vice versa.  The right-hand side of the brain is thought to coordinate the left side of the body and control tasks to do with the arts and creativity.
  • 5 of the last 9 Presidents were left-handed.  Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford were some of our left-handed presidents. Ronald Reagan was born a leftie, but teachers converted him to a righty when he was young.
  • Many sports stars are left-handed like tennis champ Rafael Nadal, golf legend Phil Mickelson and boxing star Oscar de la Hoya.

Check out this neat TED Ed lesson on why some people are left-handed:

No matter what hand you use to draw and write, we would love to have you and your families come create in the Art Studio and Tinkering Tank at Explore & More this summer!

Field trips are back! Please be aware that it will be busier than usual.