6 Facts About Left-Handed People That Make Them Borderline Superheroes

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #8

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Not all superheroes need to wear their underpants on the outside of their clothing or have a ridiculously transparent secret identity like Clark Kent, Peter Parker, or Ozzy Osbourne — Superheroes can exist all around us.

The whole point of superheroes is imagining attributes above and beyond what we know as possible. And when it comes to everyday people, left-handed people are kicking the shit out of right-handed people by being...

1. Better Athletes

DonDoes30.com - Captain America Being left handed has a few advantages when it comes to many sports. Since the majority of players are right-handed, left-handed athletes get a lot more opportunity to practice against right-handed opponents than vice versa, especially when that sport involves two opponents facing each other, such as fencing, tennis, and boxing. Many right-handed athletes are unfamiliar with how to deal against those who are left-handed. There's also a more scientific explanation about how the brain hemispheres work in relation to one's dexterity. But you can read about that here.

2. More Intelligent

DonDoes30.com - Tony Stark Lefties possess a greater chance of being a genius or, at the very least, having a higher IQ. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why, but those who are left-handed seem to make up a disproportionately large part of those who are highly intelligent. For example, 20% of all Mensa members are left-handed. Consider that less than 10 percent of the entire population is left handed, this makes for a lot of smart lefties. And get this, 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed. Again, one theory has to do with how your brain hemispheres process information.

3. Richer: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

DonDoes30.com - Batman Left-handed men tend to make more money than righties. All that genius has to lead to something, right? According to studies, left-handed males who have graduated college earn 13% more on average than their counterparts. The exact cause of this difference is unknown, but the gap is statistically significant enough that it's not just a simple anomaly. Oddly enough, however, the results are opposite for women, with lefties earning 5% less than women who are right-handed. Once again, it sucks to be a woman.

4. Medical Mysteries

DonDoes30.com - Wolverine Left-handed victims of a stroke recover faster than right-handed stroke victims. You should already know it has something to do with the brain. Some experts believe it’s due to left-handed people having to strengthen both sides of the brain when navigating a right-handed world. Because many lefties are better able to use their non-dominant hand, it is easier for them to recover from a stroke that damages one part of their brain. Of course, recovery for those suffering from a stroke is never easy, no matter which is their dominant hand.

5. Precision Drivers

DonDoes30.com - Speed Racer Southpaw drivers are more successful at learning to drive than right handed people. If driving came easy to you, it might have a good deal to do with your left-handedness; if it didn't, you might be Asian. A driving school poll found that 57% of left handers passed their driving test first time compared to only 47% of right handers. That's actually pretty impressive considering that cars have been specifically designed with right-handed drivers in mind.

6. Aquatic Superiors

DonDoes30.com - Aquaman Just to make Aquaman even more of a pussy, left-handed people adjust more easily to seeing underwater. As batshit crazy as that may sound, one of the benefits of being left handed is being able to adjust more easily to see the world around you when you’re underwater. While you will use this ability infrequently (at best), it could come in handy if you live near a body of water or enjoy swimming. Since you've made it this far, you probably already guessed scientists believe it has something to do with those goddamn hemispheres different part of the brain being dominant in left handed individuals.


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