Since several of us at Greater Waterbury Imaging Center are ‘lefties’ we like to celebrate being a lefty in the month of August.  The official left handers Day is August 13 and has been celebrated for the past 24 years. It’s a chance to proudly acknowledge our left-handedness and raise awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face since we live in a world which is designed for right-handers.  Here are some interesting facts about being left-handed and if you want to know more, visit the Left Handers website.  Also see the article on the Huffington Post about being a leftie and the research behind it:

Huffington Post Article on 11 Facts about being Left Handed

  • About 13% of the population around the world are left handed
  • Left-handedness does tend to run in families so there may be a gene
  • The brain is “cross-wired” so that the right hemisphere controls the left handed side of the body and vice-versa
  • Hand dominance is connected with brain dominance on the opposite side so being left handed means the right side of your brain is dominant
  • 5 of the last 7 presidents were or are left-handed
  • Lefties hear speeches differently than righties
  • Lefties were in the minority in the Neanderthal days too
  • Your handedness may determine your health
  • Lefties may make better innovators and be more creative
  • Lefties may have the advantage in sports

If you are a lefty or know a lefty, celebrate this not so common trait!  We also have a case study on MRI of the hand this month.