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Dec. 18th, 2008 @ 03:42 pm New Year Resolutions
In 2009, molly_duke resolves to...
Overcome my secret fear of sinistrals.
Give up linguistics.
Ask my boss for a left.
Admit my true feelings to maju01.
Spend more time with my southpaws.
Give some lefties to charity.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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Dec. 9th, 2008 @ 01:42 pm (no subject)
Left handers do less well in school tests

Left-handed children do less well in school tests than their right-handed peers according to new research.

Research by the Economic and Social Research Council found that children who are left-handed score lower in IQ tests and throughout their school career will score around 1% lower in tests than right-handed children.

The study looked at more than 10,000 children from the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s project...


Right at the end of the article comes the statement Studies have suggested that left-handedness is higher in the extremes of mental ability, with more left-handers present among children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADD, and also among gifted children.

I have to say that I was not conscious of suffering from any disadvantage at school because of being left handed, and far from doing poorly in tests, I was usually top or near the top of my class. In fact, when we started writing with ink pens, when I was about 9 or 10, the teacher went out of his way to show me how to write by curving my arm above my work so that I wouldn't drag my hand across the wet ink and smudge it. Maybe I've got extremely good manual dexterity, because I was not aware of any awkwardness when I used scissors or other implements.

The more I hear from other left handed people of my age or even some who are younger, the more I'm surprised that I did not feel disadvantaged and was never discouraged from using my left hand way back then in the 1950s and 60s. There are only a couple of areas where I've felt disadvantaged as an adult: right handed scissors are uncomfortable to use because the thumb shaping, biased for right handed people, digs into my left thumb, and serrated knives twist as I cut and make it almost impossible for me to cut anything straight, such as bread or vegetables.
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Nov. 24th, 2008 @ 05:07 pm (no subject)
Are Lefties More Inhibited?
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Nov. 24th, 2008 @ 02:21 pm YouTube left handers club
Here!
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Nov. 14th, 2008 @ 03:38 pm Stamp out discrimination against left handers!
Yesterday I was putting stamps on envelopes for a mass mailing and thus uncovered yet another way left handed people are disadvantaged. The post office has seen fit to sell packets of 100 stamps, with the stamps on a roll which is supposed to feed through a slot in the top in such a way that as you pull the backing through the slot, the stamp peels off ready for you to grab it and stick it on your envelope. What I found yesterday was that if you perform this operation left handed, the stamp arrives in your hand upside down and you of course have to turn it around before you can put it on the envelope. When stamps are sold on flat sheets it's no problem to peel them off with whichever is your dominant hand, but selling them in these nifty little dispenser packs obviously does cause awkwardness for people such as me. If the stamps were oriented differently on the backing strip, with the writing at right angles to the edge rather than parallel with it, the problem would be avoided. I've used blank labels in the past which were also dispensed through a slot in the top of the packet, but since they were blank there was naturally no problem with which way up they came out.
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Sep. 3rd, 2008 @ 09:14 am (no subject)
Here is something I'd really like.

I get sick of opening my wallet to find the openings are pointing downwards!
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Sep. 2nd, 2008 @ 05:26 pm Ouch
Ouch, ouch, ouch. I caught the index finger of my left hand in the door at St Pat's this morning. At first I thought it was just bruised, but a bit later I discovered it was bleeding; I'd lifted up quite a big flap of skin right beside the finger nail. I had trouble writing all morning, but it's settled down a bit now and typing is fine, though writing is still a bit awkward.

Another ouch: last Thursday at FAW I had to use a pair of right handed scissors because there only seemed to be the one pair in the whole place. I don't care if scissors don't have the blades placed for left handed cutting, but when the handles are shaped for right handers it makes them quite painful for left handed use because of the way the thumb grip digs into the thumb. Why or why are they still making scissors with that definite right handed shaping? Surely it's not hard to shape the handles to suit either hand. It's unacceptably discriminatory in my opinion, and shows the blindness the majority group (any majority) can have towards a minority group.
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Aug. 13th, 2008 @ 07:53 am Time to celebrate
Happy Left Handers' Day!

Welcome to the official site for the Left-Handers Club, and the 17th annual celebration of left-handers superiority!! All year round, we fit in with home and office layouts designed for right-handers’ comfort – put up with doors, cookers, sinks, computer mice, keyboards and desks that are efficient for right-handers to work at, and hundreds of times every day we contort ourselves using back-to-front tools and gadgets that make us look clumsy and awkward in our efforts to make them to work…
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Aug. 11th, 2008 @ 10:10 am There are plenty of words for it
There are an awful lot of words for being left handed; where are all the terms for being right handed?
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Aug. 4th, 2008 @ 02:55 pm Left handed survey results and statistics
http://www.lefthandersday.com/lefthanded_surveyresults.html
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