Tuesday 13 August 2013

International Lefthanders Day

Historically, left-handedness was associated with evil, abnormality, pathology. Children were subjected to "re-education" (and to a lesser extent still are). The International Lefthanders Day aims at raising awareness for the left-handers' need to adapt a right-handed world to work for left-handers. Left-handedness is not a new phenomenon, the oldest evidence for the coexistence of both right- and left-handed individuals is from the Pleistocene (ca. 425.000 to 180.000 years before present). Homo neanderthalensis individuals, in fact, were right- or left-handed.


Faurle, C. & Raymond, M. (2004) Handedness frequency over more than ten thousand years. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 271, 43-45. Hand tree via


  1. Splendid, today is my hand-day. Thanks for letting me know, Laura.

    1. I do hope you had a nice lefthanders day, Derek.

  2. Happy hand-day, Derek! I've mine tomorrow! ;)

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    1. Dear Kenneth, you're very welcome and thank you very much for commenting!

  4. The brain is a wonderful organ, isn't it?

  5. Abbie Winterburn13 August 2013 at 16:19

    Righties, you'd better watch out! :)