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The Popcorn Stand: We’re not going to be left behind

There was no way I was going to let this holiday slip by. Tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 13, is International Left-Handers Day. As a left-handed person, I'm obviously grateful we have our own holiday.

And there's actually a website design to raise awareness to the needs of left-handed people: http://www.lefthandersday.com. There's a left-hander's club and everything.

Of course over the years, I never tire of telling people us left-handers are in our right mind because the left side of the body is controlled by the right side of the brain. But there's also been a troubling myth left-handed people live shorter lives than right-handed people.

After extensive research on this subject the claims are all over the place, including that left-handed people actually live longer than right-handed people. I've concluded there's no conclusive data and that left-handed people liver shorter lives than right-handed people is just a myth.

I'm not very good with my hands and I use the fact I'm left-handed as an excuse. It takes me about 45 minutes to change a tire. Of course the little jacks that come with cars nowadays don't help. Never been too good with a drill. A screwdriver I can handle.

There have been a lot of talented left-handed people throughout history. Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Twain, Mozart, Marie Curie, Nicola Tesla and Aristotle just to name a few. There's the belief left-handers are more creative and smarter but again the research is all over the place.

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Of course there are the showoffs who are ambidextrous. Or as Yogi Berra and others have said, "amphibious."

Being left-handed is just fine with me. When it comes to my life and what I've wanted to do as a left-handed person, I've never been left behind.

— Charles Whisnand