Left Hander
August 13 is Left Handers Day and here are some cool facts on why lefties are awesome! Getty

August 13 is International Left-Handers Day, an initiative from the Left-Handers Club to increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. Although lefties have to live in a world made for righties, struggling with spiral notebooks, binders, school desks, driver's cup holder, keyboards, game controllers, dealing with scissors, butter knives and getting ink or graphite on the side of your hand, and other shocking scientific facts that basically add to the reasons why lefties are prone to dying sooner, there are very cool advantages that come with being a lefty!

1) Did you know left-handers are more likely to pass their driver's test on the first try?

2) They are also more apt to be a part of Mensa, the world's largest and oldest high IQ society. This because studies have shown lefties are more likely to have an IQ score above 131.

3) Lefties are great at competitive sports. They make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers, and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties).

4) Left-handers recover from strokes faster.

5) And are also more likely to pursue creative careers.

6) Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left-handed, including Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, and Obama.

7) Left-handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right-handed graduates.

8) Lefties can clearly see the world underwater. Scientists think it has something to do with a different part of the brain being central in left-handed individuals.

9) Research shows lefties are smarter in math because their brains are more flexible.

10) Left-handers process things faster than righties and can multitask easier thanks to connections between the right and left sides of the brain being faster in left-handed people.

11) Left-handed people easily hear rapidly changing sounds.

12) And, lefties are better at playing video games, although controllers are made for righties!

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