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(Scientific American)   Right- or left-handed? Here comes the science   ( divider line
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27684 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Jun 2004 at 10:52 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-06-29 09:30:43 AM  
I saw a headline in the paper one day (Globe and Mail or Toronto Star) that read "More Gays Among Lefties". I wish I still had a copy...
2004-06-29 09:36:07 AM  
I've always thought lefties were pretty gay.

2004-06-29 09:39:36 AM  
Both me and my son father (ex-husband) are both right handed. My dad tried to force my youngest son to be right handed but he's a lefty. I fought tooth and nail for my son to be who he is. I do many things things left-handed but I write with my right hand. I consider myself ambidextrous. But! was I a lefty that was force to be right handed? I get a lot of attention at work places for this (why are you doing that left handed?) and my husband just thinks it's funny.

Plus, this will get Farkers laughing. I don't play cards because I shuffle cards weird. I don't shuffle thumbs up. I use my fingers with thumbs down. I've gotten tired of looks of amazement to just plain being made fun of.

So, any experts who have an opinion. Be nice!
2004-06-29 09:40:35 AM  
Being left-handed. Just one more reason why I am better than you.
2004-06-29 09:42:32 AM  
Lefty, non-gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) here.
2004-06-29 09:46:29 AM  
Lefty hetero representin', yo.

All lefties should receive lifetime government pensions for making it through school using those Torquemada-Line !@#%$#$#@ right-handed desks. And spiral-bound notebooks that gouged our hands.
2004-06-29 09:50:31 AM  
Rightie hetero.

Wait, that doesn't prove anything, does it...
2004-06-29 09:54:18 AM  
I like how 15% is a "small minority". That's like 900,000,000 people.

I also like how they've asserted this without any evidence whatsoever.
2004-06-29 09:54:50 AM  
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Our mascot kinda sucks guys.
2004-06-29 09:54:55 AM  

Not to mention pencil and ink smudges.
2004-06-29 09:56:34 AM  
Both of my parents were lefties, yet three out of the four of their children turned out to be righties. It was brutal for them - they had their left hand tied behind their backs and they were forced to use their left hand, as well as not speaking english. shiatty.
2004-06-29 09:58:42 AM  
Rightie, here, but I shoot pool and rifles left handed.
2004-06-29 10:10:09 AM  
I tried doing it with my left hand after an injury to my right arm last year. It was hard work, and felt vaguely like being unfaithful.
2004-06-29 10:12:53 AM  
ThatDevGuy, it is a small minority, relatively. Since you are still a minority at 49% a 15% minority is towards the smaller end of the minority scale.
2004-06-29 10:19:44 AM  
Lefty, and not gay.

I don't think I am, at least.
2004-06-29 10:20:18 AM  
I suppose that's true, Smed. It just amused me that you could fill China with a small minority.

Since whites now make up less than 50% of the US population, is EVERYONE a minority? I think we're a plurality now...
2004-06-29 10:22:12 AM  
Left handed people were just dropped on their heads when they were babies.

2004-06-29 10:34:48 AM  
Left for details, right for strength.
I guess that means I go both ways?

2004-06-29 10:42:03 AM  
Ambidextrous here, though culture has caused me to favor the right for most tasks.

I write with my right, but not very well with my left. (I could with practice, but damn it's easy to smear ink).

I drink with my left, or my right, usually my left for regular glasses and the like, but my right for anything in a mug or with a handle.

I open doors with my left or my right. Usually my left it seems.

I mouse with my right hand. I can use my left to some degree. But not when playing FPS games. And I will mix up the buttons in my head.
2004-06-29 10:43:27 AM  
I write, eat, drink and smoke with my left. Everything else is right. I'm not left footed though.
2004-06-29 10:44:54 AM  
I clap with both.

/not Buddhist
2004-06-29 10:56:32 AM  
Right handed normally, but left sometimes when I want my peener to think it's a different person handling it.
2004-06-29 10:58:40 AM  
I fap left-handed.

/the more you know
2004-06-29 10:58:47 AM  
Everyone knows lefties are witches. And you know what we do to witches.
2004-06-29 10:58:55 AM  
Lefties are in league with Satan. There's a reason left = sinister.

When the revolution comes, you'll be first up against the wall.
2004-06-29 10:59:06 AM  
If the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, then only left-handed people are in their right mind.

Southpaws unite!
2004-06-29 11:00:16 AM  
Get out of my head, Yellow Number Five. People who read others' minds are also in league with Satan. Up against the wall!
2004-06-29 11:00:47 AM  
ambidextrous - I masterbate with both hands. Sometimes together, sometimes separate.
2004-06-29 11:01:18 AM  
2004-06-29 10:42:03 AM lordargent [TotalFark]

Ambidextrous here, though culture has caused me to favor the right for most tasks.

*fake cries*

I thought I was the only one!
2004-06-29 11:01:42 AM  
I thought it had to do with a possesion by minor devils.
2004-06-29 11:02:13 AM  
This is what makes you gay:
The gay fuel
2004-06-29 11:02:36 AM  
I'm right handed but prefer my left when it comes to hand to gland combat. Probably because it's easier to operate the pause button on the remote with my right hand.

/Shared too much
2004-06-29 11:02:39 AM  

Yes, I am reading your mind, but unfortunately my Dark Lord Satan only gives me the power to anticipate your thought a mere 8 seconds into the future. I must offer up more left handed virgin sacrifices to increase my dark powers.

2004-06-29 11:02:50 AM  
Lefty here: writing, eating, throwing, and ummm pleasuring :-p (bah, you "beat" me to that one skinink)

Righty: golf, batting, hockey
2004-06-29 11:03:04 AM  
Ambidexterous myself (for the most part). When I was in kindergarten I would write to the middle of the page with my left hand and then finish with my right. Teacher thought it was evil, so tied my left hand down and made me learn to write right handed. Everything else is ambidexterous.

Unfortunately it also proved I had no life a few years ago when I was running two computers at my house with a mouse in each hand. My mother came in, turned off the machines and told me to go out and enjoy the daystar.

/has a bit of a life now.
2004-06-29 11:03:16 AM  
Cosimo & Peter 'beat' me to it. I fap with the right, but when I occasionally 'cheat' with the left.

/masterbating is half the battle
2004-06-29 11:03:38 AM  
I'd give my right arm to be ambidexterous.

2004-06-29 11:05:51 AM  
write - lefty
skateboard - goofyfooted
golf - righty
2004-06-29 11:05:56 AM  
Left handed/ambi handed

Golf, baseball, basketball is all right handed
Write, bowl, tennis, eat, shoot, use a mouse left handed.
I don't have a dominant foot.

I can do everything right handed if I have to, some just not very well.
2004-06-29 11:06:17 AM  
Yellow #5 We build a bridge out of 'em?
2004-06-29 11:07:40 AM  
Lefty, but play guitar and baseball righty

only left handed people are in their right mind.
2004-06-29 11:08:08 AM  
eraseable pens
small desks
chalkboards / markerboards
the damn clipboard at the DMV
spiral notebooks
american manual transmission cars

help! help! i'm being repressed!!

why don't I get preferential hiring affirmative action status?
2004-06-29 11:08:25 AM  
This has all the makings of the least-fascinating Fark thread ever.

Right handed.

Enjoy crossword puzzles. Type 60 w.p.m. Prefer my bread toasted. Once met a man that looked a bit like Raymond Burr.
2004-06-29 11:08:32 AM  
I use a mouse with either hand, but this was something I deliberately learnt to help to stave off RSI.
2004-06-29 11:09:48 AM  
Bad_CRC: Measuring cups
2004-06-29 11:10:05 AM  

I HATE spiral notebooks.

/only uses legal pads
2004-06-29 11:10:32 AM  
Left-Handed Myths and Misunderstandings tells us that the bible contains over 100 favourable references to the right-hand and 25 unfavourable references to the left-hand. So the lefties look like they're all going to burn in hell.

Incidentally, George Bush Snr. was left-handed. Jnr. uses both hands for his crayons, so the jury's still out on that one.
2004-06-29 11:10:51 AM  

I've always thought lefties were pretty gay.


lefties are the best softball players.

/not gay either.
2004-06-29 11:11:05 AM  
goddam I hated those spiral notebooks. And the pencil smudges on my fingers.

All hail the Uni-ball roller, the only pen I've found that doesn't smudge!
2004-06-29 11:11:16 AM  
Left-handedness is the next logical step in evolution.

Not that my right hand serves no redeemable purpose. As a surrogate sex partner it does wonderfully well!

/types, mouses and turns pages w/ left hand.
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