The 13th of August is annually celebrated as the left handers day. It was first celebrated in 1992 to commemorate the uniqueness of left handers everywhere. Moreover, it was meant to raise awareness of the struggles left handers must deal with on a regular basis.
Less than 10 percent of the human population is left-handed, studies showed. With this percentage, one can imagine that almost everything is adapted to right-handers.
In many countries, left-handedness has remained a slight drawback. Throughout the history, left-handed people went through some strange times. There once was a left-handed history where kings, criminals, and baseball players all played a particular role.
In the early 20th century it was thought that left-handedness was a sign of moral degeneracy and that lunatics or criminals are more likely to be left-handed. The brainchild of Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso wrote this information in a scientific paper from 1903.
One might know that there are some cognitive differences between left- and right-handed people, but criminality is not one of them.
Another scientific writing from 1882 stated that the right-hemisphere dominance (which is known to cause left-handedness) arises in lower species like black men, women or children. Moreover, being right-handed was proved to be the evolution of a superior human being.
The morganatic marriage which for centuries was a detestable practice among the noble classes of Europe meant that a person of high rank (which was most of the times a man) could marry a person of a lower rank (usually a woman). This practice took place without the woman or children inheriting the higher ranked person’s title, money or lands.
To reflect the shame and lower status of everybody involved, the practice was called a left-handed marriage. It meant that the groom gave his left hand to his wife rather than his right to confirm that the bride would receive nothing more than a wedding ring from the marriage.
The myth of left-handed people dying earlier than the right-handed ones dates from 1988. This statement was published in a paper that was analyzing dead baseball players and caused a massive storm at the time. Scientists Diane Halpern and Stanley Coren then mentioned that left handers were doomed to a shorter lifespan purely based on their left-handedness.
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