What do Obama, Nadal, Redford have in common?

August 13 is Left-Hander's Day

Famous left-handers President Barack Obama, tennis star Rafael Nadal and actor-director Robert Redford (AP Photos, 2014 and 2013)
Famous left-handers President Barack Obama, tennis star Rafael Nadal and actor-director Robert Redford (AP Photos, 2014 and 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The world is built for right-handers. If you don’t believe it, ask a left-handed person.

August 13 is Left Hander’s Day. Take a look at those scissors on your desk. Built for a rightie, just like your computer mouse and most school desks.

Five of the last seven US presidents have been left-handed: President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Robert Redford poses for photographers during a photocall at the Ritz Hotel, in Madrid, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Robert Redford poses for photographers during a photocall at the Ritz Hotel, in Madrid, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Robert DeNiro, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford and Cary Grant are lefties.

Babe Ruth was left-handed. Baseball fans know Clayton Kershaw, David Price and Jon Lester are top-of-the-class left-handed pitchers. Left-handed pitchers are called southpaws, and one common explanation is because early ballparks were laid out with a pitcher’s left hand on the south side of the mound.

Although there is no clear origin of the term, the earliest example of it being used was found in a Philadelphia comic newspaper, The Tickler, in 1813–but with no connection to baseball (which was officially invented in 1839.)

Tennis stars Rafael Nadal, Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe are all lefties, as are musicians Paul McCartney, Glen Campbell and Kurt Cobain.

Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after winning against compatriot David Ferrer in three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain’s Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after winning against compatriot David Ferrer in three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Only 10% of the population is left-handed, but some animals also have handedness tendencies.

The Smithsonian Magazine said chimpanzees often prefer one hand to the other when using tools or looking for food, but that split is about 50-50.

In medieval days, lefties were considered to be witches, warlocks and/or possessed by the devil.

Regardless, this is National Left-Hander’s Day. So, raise a glass, give a high five and shake hands with your south paw and remember — left-handed people are the only ones in their right brain.

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